I got back from the US Sunday morning around 5:00 am. My time in the US was mostly spent busy and tired. I had big plans to make four lockpicks, but I didn't start on them till five days before I left. That would normally be enough time, but two of the days I was in Iowa, and aside from all the other things I had to do (meeting friends, shopping) I still had jet lag and was tired by early evening.
I roughed out four wood handles before I went to Iowa. On my way to Iowa I thought about if it I really wanted to spend my last couple days trying to finish them all and decided to just finish one.
I met a couple friends in Iowa, I also met my former professor from the University of Iowa, Chunghi Choo, who recently retired. She taught the first metals classes I took (1996-1997) and was my teacher again in graduate school (2005-2006). She probably had the most influence on my metal work.
I'm planning on this being my last year in Korea. I'm going to try to put more effort into learning CAD (also learning Korean and saving money) and try to put together a portfolio.