2019 Family Programs

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JUDY ZEIGLER – DECORATIVE GOURDS – BEHIND THE MASK

Class Description: Participants will create a woodland fantasy with ferns and butterflies/dragonflies on a previously cut and cleaned 5-6 inch gourd. Learn to use masking shapes and alcohol inks to create depth. Students will paint the butterfly or dragonfly as desired. The rim of the gourd will be completed with a coiling technique. All materials will be furnished by the instructor to complete the project. The class is appropriate for ages 12 to adult and skill levels. Class & Material fee: $37 per student. This is a 3 hour class with three class slots offered on Friday and Saturday morning from 8:30am to 11:30am and Friday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. Class size limited to 10 students per class.

JEFF MOHR – BROOM MAKING FOR THE BLACKSMITH

                  Students will learn how to hand tie a broomcorn hearth broom.  Students may bring their own forged handle with a finish already on it and a hole drilled in the bottom or a ready to forge handle will be supplied. Students are encouraged to bring a sharp pocket knife or knives will be available to share.  Steps include: preparing the handle, preparing the broomcorn, tying the broom, stitching the broom, and finishing the broom.  A hand out of the steps will be provided. Class & Material fee: $35 per student. This is a 3 hour class with one class offered on Saturday morning from 8:30am to 11:30am. Class size limited to 20 students.

MARION CAMPBELL – GLASS BEADS

Beginning glass bead making using a Hothead torch. This is a small size introductory class in making  decorative beads using glass rod and a MAPP gas torch.The class is appropriate for ages 15 to adult and skill levels. Class & Material fee: $37 per student. This is a 3 hour class with two class slots offered on Friday and Saturday morning from 8:30am to 11:30am. Class size limited to 6 students per class.

JOHN BOY WATSON – TIN CAN LID FLOWERS

Create a flower that will not wilt or dry out! Learn how to recycle tin can lids into a decorative flower! Bring gloves – the edges of these lids can be sharp when you’re working with them.Class & Material fee: $37 per student. This is a 3 hour class with two class slots offered on Friday morning from 8:30am to 11:30am and Friday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. Class size limited to 10 students per class.

GREEN COAL BLACKSMITH CLASSES

This class is a must for beginning blacksmiths, and no skill is required. The class will be hands on, and students will be one-on-one with an instructor. All students will take home their own “masterpieces”. Expect to leave with printed handouts as well as a better understanding of the techniques of the trade. Sign up for one or more classes and sign up early! 

The minimum age to take a Green Coal class is 12. Youths between the ages of 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult for help and supervision. The classes require the use of sharp objects and manual dexterity.The SBA will provide workstations, tools and materials. Bring your own safety glasses if you have them; if not, the SBA will offer some for sale.  If you have a hammer or other tools that you prefer to use, you may bring them.

SAFETY

Be sure to bring eye and ear protection to wear while watching the demonstrations or when in the green coal area. The SBA will have safety glasses for sale if needed. Parents must closely supervise their children at all times. Due to the nature of blacksmithing, all unsupervised children can pose risks – not only to themselves, but to other attendees as well.