Aufderheide impressed his Midland teacher as well as his mentors at David Whipple Goldsmith when he created this manzanita pin. (photo submitted)
Maria Saint, Ojai Valley News correspondent
As far as David Whipple's concerned, the future would be in good hands if more teenagers were like Graceson Aufderheide.
Aufderheide, 16, has been learning how to work with fine metals at David Whipple Goldsmith, in Meiners Oaks, when he's home during his school breaks. He attends Midland School, a boarding school in Santa Barbara County. Last year, he took a metals class and grew to love working with metals.