On our first Saturday in Ireland, we drove south of Dublin down to Waterford. Along the way, we stopped at a pretty little beach we found, called Ennereilly beach. It was rocky and beautiful!
When we made it to Waterford, we ate lunch, walked around the town, and then got a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory. I had actually taken the tour once before, but it was just as entertaining and impressive the second time around!
This is one of the cutters:
Hard at work:
The cutters have to have every Waterford crystal pattern memorized, but if they ever need a refresher, here is their "library":
A box of glasses, with the Waterford signature cut on the bottom:
A set of engravers' wheels:
We got a first hand cutting demonstration:
And here's the finished product–sparkly!
You can see a few more shots from Waterford here.