He's a natural! He followed the instructions and was able to get through most of the piece without help, even understanding how to back off at the turns and let the blade lead. I helped with a couple of the really sharp corners and he only broke two saw blades. My first attempt at sawing resulted in broken blades galore and a fair amount of swearing, so I was really surprised at how easily he cut out his design.
I don't really know what the point of this calligraphy-ish letter L is...something about an Anime character.
After the initial sawing, he filed and sanded the edges of the pendant and then added a hole for a jump ring.
We tossed it in the tumbler for a few hours and then he used the buffer to do the final polish. I added the leather cording for him so he could wear the finished product as a necklace.
He was so excited about the process that he wanted to make a second pendant. This one was for him to wear for his math test this week; a good luck charm.
His new plan for the summer is to clear a spot in the workspace to add a small desk where he can sit and work with me. I do most of my jewelry work in the early mornings and since we are both morning people, this could work! Now I need to find a small desk at a yard sale...