I am from Nebraska! I grew up in Waverly….. but I live in Houston, Texas now. I am currently the Chairman for the Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Gemstones & Faceting Section. If you don’t find anyone local, you are welcome to contact me. I should be able to help you get started, or with any particular topic. I don’t know it all, but I’ve been cutting for 12 years and am very familiar with the basics, including some helpful tips and tricks.