Spring break can be a time to relax... and a time to learn how to make things! Sign up for four days of fun in the workshop at North House. The week will focus on making tools- learn to make tools for crafting like a mallet and a pen and a box to keep your tools in. Youth will be in small groups guided by passionate instructors throughout the week as they saw, carve, hammer, and build their own tools!
Come and make wood shavings fly as you learn how to create wooden bowls on the electric lathe. Students will explore the form and function of this age-old craft while learning about lathe use and terminology. Paper birch from the North Shore will be used for the bowl blanks. Examples of finished bowls as well as images of historic wooden bowls will be provided as references. The course includes a discussion of finishing techniques, including food-safe paints and oils. Students will be able to bring home their birch bowls for everyday use in the kitchen or as a unique piece to display. The materials fee includes all wood for projects plus the use of individual lathes and set of tools. By request, this class is only open to people who identify as women. Note, women should feel equally welcome to take the earlier session of Lathe Turning if they so choose. To maintain a low student to teacher ratio and maximize instruction, this course is co-taught by two experienced instructors.
As the end of winter approaches, celebrate the spring equinox and return of light by fashioning your own wooden candlestick holders. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of spindle turning and the roughing gouge. After practicing these techniques, students will design and create their own candlestick holders on the lathe. Metal cups will inserted into the tops of the project for safety. Painting and finishing options will be discussed. All levels of skill are welcome.
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Come and learn how to get that dreamy razor edge on your handtools. Feel free to bring your own tools or learn on ones we'll have available. Possible tools include: block planes, chisels, gouges, carving knives, hook knives, kitchen knives, axes, spokeshaves, etc. (No saws please!)
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