Beginners Green Wood Carving: learn to carve green wood by making a butter knife. This class is all about the fundamentals of green woodworking. Basic carving knife safety, grips, and gestures, saw use and safe riving of wood with axe and mallet. This will be demonstrated and practiced while we each make a beautiful butter knife for a gift or as a valuable tool. All materials and tools will be provided.
Intermediate Green Wood Carving: expand and refine your skills by carving a spoon. We will review basic carving knife skills while adding in a few new techniques and tools specific to spoon making. We will also discuss wood selection and practice riving spoon blanks from green logs. It is recommended but not essential to have taken the Basic a Green Wood Carving class prior to taking this class. All materials and tools will be provided.
Advanced Green Wood Carving: delve into the subtlety and complexity of spoon carving by making a cranked handled spoon. This class starts with a demonstration of the method for creating the classic flattened "s" shape of a cranked handled eating spoon, and then it's your turn. We will learn how to make relief cuts and use the carving axe in more sophisticated ways to rough out our spoons. We will discuss the intricacies, and challenges of design, balance, proportion and wood itself as we each carve a cranked handled spoon from green wood. Intermediate Green Wood Carving class required before taking this class. All materials and tools will be provided.
Learn to Sharpen your Carving Tools: in this class you will learn to sharpen carving knives, spoon knives, and axes. We will demystify the process of sharpening by starting with a solid understanding of sharpening theory and introducing a simple, consistent approach to maintaining beautifully sharp edges.
Daniel was born and raised in Louisville, KY, and has always, always been a maker of things. A designer and builder of beautiful furniture and wrought spaces, Daniel is the the proprietor of Daniel Chaffin Furniture Makers, a Louisville shop using wood to make things of wood for over ten years. He is a published author with work featured in Fine Woodworking magazine, and the subject of accolades and awards from the public as well as other more official places. Although his work has often been called more “art” than “work” he prefers to feel what he makes is of use. Practical, even mundane items made to shine and be loved by someone. He adds to his list of fun things to do by bringing his talent for making and design to those who would like to “know”. If you are one of those folks that find joy in the process, in the simplicity of slow time, focused time, time to explore the relationship between the beginning and the end of a project well turned - This opportunity is for you.
Wet Felting // Lizzie Gulick
Join Lizzie Gulick for a fun 4 hour wet felting workshop. We will cover working in layers involving pre-felting and inlay, color mixing and working with resists. All participants will leave with a basic understanding of the felting process and a 3D piece of felt AKA a bag!
The class fee includes a $20 materials fee supplying wool and rolling mat to take home and keep creating.
She has been making felt for 15 years and has a textile background that includes pattern making, surface design and Natural Dyes. She has studied at the Penland School of Crafts, The Evergreen State College and abroad on solitary Textile research in Mongolia and Turkey. Lizzie apprenticed in Natural Dyeing with the late, great Luisa Gelenter at La Lana wools in Taos New Mexico between 2007&2009. Here she learned wildcrafting, large scale dye production and the use of wool mill machinery.
She is inspired by beautiful wide open places, archaeology and mythology. Lizzie’s passion for her medium is guided by the history of Humanity’s relationship to Textiles for everything from survival and warmth to the expression of beauty on the body and in our surroundings.
Fine Silver Fusing // Jessica Lam
Playshop: Exploring the lesser known technique of Fine Silver Fusing
This solder free method is a great introduction to using an open flame torch for the purpose of combining and manipulating metal. You will learn about the molecular science of metalworking as well as the opportunity to make a ring, and explore chain making using this method. Come for some fun and leave with a basic understanding of metalwork that will easily translate to further exploration at your pace in your own home. Tools are provided but if you have your own please feel free to bring them. We look forward to seeing what you create with us! Materials are included in all workshops.
Jessica earned her B.S. in Industrial Design from Auburn University in 2002. She went on to work first as a graphic designer and later as a furniture designer before cultivating a specific interest in metalworking. She has studied under several master metal smiths, and has completed additional training in structural welding. Jessica has formerly held children’s education positions in the Speed Museum art museum and worked as a production assistant/teacher in a jewelry design studio based in Georgia. She has taught metalworking to all ages. She currently teaches Practical Arts at the Waldorf School of Louisville. Jessica has a passion for cooking, loves scavenging for reusable materials, gardening and is a Yogi who also guides practice with a 200RYT certificate from Yoga Alliance.
Basic Machine Sewing // Karen Weeks
Machine Sewing Basics:
Fun and accessible first projects that give you an opportunity to learn the workings of your sewing machine. Even if you have sewn before, this class will empower you with knowledge of how your machine works. We use forgiving, beautiful material and loose patterns to guarantee satisfaction. Above all we are going to have fun, making simple objects for the home- felt coasters, lavender filled eye pillows and an adjustable apron. All materials are included!
Karen received her BFA in printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Following graduation she worked as a letterpress printer at Soho Letterpress in NYC. Later, after working as a book binder/designer in the Bay Area, she came back east to pursue letterpress printing. After two internships, one at King Library Press (Lexington, Kentucky) and one with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. (Akron, Alabama), opened and ran her own commercial letterpress printshop in Louisville, Kentucky for two years. Following this, she spent 5 years in Germany raising babies with no printmaking equipment, focusing instead on homemaking. Through that experience her love of textiles and desire to create useful objects of beauty blossomed.
Knitting, sewing and other practical arts provided an outlet for her creativity in a addition to providing ethically made clothing and accessories for her family. In positing over how to price these objects to sell (as her training in art and commerce had taught her), she realized that their value wasn't based in markets, but rather the currency of care. Energized by this realization, its her wish to share the skills that she acquired in her home so that you may bring them into yours.
Hands-on Fermentation // Pink Elephant Farm
Curious about making your own ferments? But wait, what exactly is fermentation? Is it the same thing as pickling?
In this class, you’ll learn the basic principles of fermentation - a practice we humans have employed not only as a means ofpreserving, but also enhancing food for time immemorial and it is not the same as pickling! In this workshop we will make two ferments: sauerkraut and kombucha.
We make sauerkraut in the lacto-fermented style using only cabbage and salt.
Kombucha is a fermented beverage that utilizes a particular bacteria culture to activate fermentation.
Both are extraordinarily healthy superfoods, providing your body with living enzymes, probiotics and essential B vitamins, while being tasty at the same time! Come for some hands-on learning about how to make these and other superfoods.
After this workshop not only will you be empowered with the knowledge of how to make your own, but you will walk away with a jar of kraut and a kombucha starter to take home and continue your journey as a home fermenter!
Bring an apron, a chef’s knife and some clean, empty jars for your kraut.
Jenny Vaughn and Justin Owings co-own and run Pink Elephant Farm & Kitchen. On 27 acres in Henry County, we hand-milk two jersey cows, collect eggs from pastured hens, raise an acre of blueberries and two acres of vegetables & flowers. We offer a CSA delivery for our vegetables, milk, eggs and ferments! Years ago, we both started fermenting extra vegetables from our backyard gardens as a way to utilize the full harvest. What started out as a curiosity, became a committed hobby and is now part of the business of our farm. Along the way, Jenny completed a month-long Fermentation Residency Program in 2014 with Sandor Katz, fermentation guru and notable author of The Art of Fermentation. We firmly believe in the healing power of fermented foods and try to encourage everyone to incorporate these living, beneficial foods into their diets.