The course has moved on since my last posting. Two further courses in hand and face have shown that the course can be shortened without compromising the course content. Tinting of the wax, and the prefabrication of certain fragile structures such as nerves and vessels, has allowed for speedier assembly and for the inclusion of finer detail. 
This course was the first of its kind, run over 2 consecutive days in July, using a form stable wax composite to create the delicate anatomy of the dorsal and volar hand over a mounted rigid bone model. 6 teams of paired hand therapists and surgery trainees applied themselves to the sculpture challenge, guided by lectures from hand surgery experts and a detailed handbook. 
I have been a plastic and reconstructive surgeon by profession, but have maintained a keen interest in the arts as much as time has allowed. Although for many earlier years a general plastic, burns and hand surgeon, my professional interest focused on sarcoma, lower limb and facial surgery, performed at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. At the age of 65 I retired from the NHS, but maintain an active private practice, concentrating mainly on facial work. My development of the Surgical Sculpture Workshop has given me the opportunity to indulge my sculpture passions, while at the same time celebrating the wonders of anatomy. I would hope, through our instructional techniques, to foster this enthusiasm in our prospective course participants, young and old, in surgery or the arts. 

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