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    • 28 Nov 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own
    Wood block printing has been used as a method of reproducing images on cloth and paper since as early as the 7th century. We will look at this method of printing as a creative outlet into carving wood with today’s tools, both conventional and unconventional, and producing an edition of your design.

    We will cover a few elements in the design aspect for printmaking, including how to prepare your design for transfer to the wood block so it is facing the direction you want once printed. We will talk about

    different options for tools, ink supplies, and paper, as well as several different wood types that work well for wood block carving.

    I will demonstrate good practices for carving, like where to place hands, and other tips & tricks. We will talk about surface prep of the block once carved, getting the right consistency of ink on the inking plate and the block for printing, and hand burnishing the paper onto the inked block. You will have an overview of all that is needed to print your own designs to start a revolution, or just send some happy solstice cards. Or both.

    No prerequisites, all skills level welcome.  All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    Primarily a metal artist, Renee has re-kindled her love for printmaking while learning about working with wood at A Workshop of Our Own. She is bringing more wood into her sculpture work and designs. The future is unwritten, but it may be carved into a woodcut print.

    photo credit: Mindy Best

    See some images of some more woodblocks below.  You can see more images of her work by visiting her instagram @artefactory.fe

    • 3 Dec 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    Learn to design and tie your own handmade brooms for home and shop use.

    In this free class we will cover classical and sculptural brooms forms like the turkey tail, hawk’s wing, and a classic hearth sweeper. In just a few short, fun-filled hours you will learn four different broom forms as well as how to source and identify good broom corn, and how to fabricate essential broom making tools at home, like spreaders and bodkins!

    This introduction will give you all of the skills you need to design your own brooms from scratch! Join WOO, Aspen Golann & Morgan M. Ward for this free class and gain a new hobby for life.

    No prerequisites, all skills level welcome.  All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    If you’d like to work along with us at home, you can buy a kit of broom corn and twine, by picking the registration FREE CLASS WITH KIT MATERIALS!  You will need additional tools in order to complete your broom, all of which are readily available at your local stores/internet shops.


    Materials included in the KIT:

    • 18" BROOM CORN!

    Additional materials required, to be purchased by students:

    • 1'-2' (one foot - two foot) section of a 2x4 or a big stick; used to fold the broom corn
    • Utility knife or scissors; used to cut the broom corn
    • Bucket of warm water; used to soak the broom corn to make it more flexible (not required!)
    • Long Sleeves & pants/long skirt; broom corn can make bare skin a little itchy
    No prerequisites, all skills level welcome.  All you need to follow along at home is a KIT, the additional materials above, a computer, and a good internet connection!

    Aspen Golann is a studio furniture maker, artist and educator based in Western North Carolina. She holds a degree in Fine Furniture from The North Bennet Street School in Boston and is currently the Wood Shop Coordinator at The Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC.

    Before making furniture she was a weaver, farmer, teacher and coastal navigator. She loves woodworking experiments, pizza ovens, old clocks, and the intersection of traditional and contemporary aesthetics.

    She exhibits nationally and is published in Fine Woodworking, Luxe Magazine, Art New England, and American Period Furniture. She does domestic and international commission work for designers in the UK, Asia, and across the United States.   She has received support for her work from The Maloof Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

    See more images of her work below, or by visiting her website aspengolann.com or her instagram @aspen_golann

    • 17 Dec 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    MIG welding (metal inert gas welding) is one of the most versatile arc-welding processes, and one of the easiest to learn when first getting started. 

    In this course, students will learn the step-by-step process of MIG welding mild steel, including proper safety attire, prepping material, setting up the machine, and some basic joinery methods.

    All skills level welcome, especially beginners & folks just starting to explore their interest in metalwork.  All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    Born and raised in New York City, Sophie Glenn received her BFA in Sculpture at the State University of New York at Purchase, and her MFA from San Diego State University where she studied Furniture Design and Woodworking.   She has also worked extensively as a metal fabricator and welder for independent makers and businesses across the country.  Sophie recently completed a three-year residency at the Appalachian Center for Craft, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Mississippi State University.

    You can see examples of Sophie's work below (all the furniture is steel not wood... wow, right!?) and more on her website https://sophieglenn.com/ & instagram @arcburn_furniture

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Sundays 12-6pm


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