FEBRUARY 2013 E-NEWSLETTER
The Tribute Edition
Class Calendar Update
WINTER TUTORIALSCountry Workshops tutorials are limited to 4 students. Tuition includes materials, meals and your private room. Specialized tools are provided. Drew Langsner is the instructor. Registration can be by phone, e-mail, or post. Details are on our web site at www.countryworkshops.org.
February 11 – 15. Rustic Windsor Chairmaking – Full
February 25 – March 1. Carving Bowls and Spoons – 1 opening
March 11 – 15. Ladderback Chairmaking – 1 opening
SPRING WEEKENDS - with Drew Langsner
Tuition includes lodging in our summer farmhouse, garden fresh meals made by Louise Langsner, and class materials. Specialized tools are provided (with the exception of Japanese Woodworking.) Class enrollment averages 8 students. All classes are currently open.
June 10 - 14. Carving Bowls and Spoons (Drew Langsner)
INSTRUCTORS AT COUNTRY WORKSHOPS
(Note: There may be errors or omissions for some of the older dates. Your corrections are welcome.)
Alexander, Jennie. Ladderback Chairmaking 1979-1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989; 17th Century Joinery 1991-1994, 1998
COUNTRY WORKSHOPS INTERNS
AND OTHER EXTRAORDINARY HELPERS
1974 – 2013
Starting shortly after moving to Madison County in the mountains of North Carolina the Langsners have had the pleasure of hosting many generous friends who pitched in to make our farm, home and workshop the wonderful place that it has become. In 1988 Country Workshops initiated our summer internship program. This has been a June-August position, but there have also been several shorter stay helpers who were here during the few years when we didn’t fill the summer-long position.
VOLUNTEER WEEK – AGAIN!
For many years Country Workshops’ summer season got under way with our annual Volunteer Week. This was a time when friends of CW got together to improve the workshop (it was originally a very sketchy tobacco curing barn ), convert the old Boomer Bill farmhouse into a summer dorm (electricity for the first time!), build a winter dining room, and other projects. We had many repeaters for this event, many claiming that they came for Louise’ garden fresh cooking. The last Volunteer Week was in 2007.
This fall Boomer Bill’s will undergo yet another renovation, making it suitable for year around living – with indoor plumbing, insulation, and a safe heating system. Once again, a variety of work needs to be accomplished, in a compact time span. We want Naomi and Teo to be here next winter.Louise has suggested another Volunteer Week. That means more great food and conviviality. We’re just beginning making plans for this project, and the “Vol Wk” dates haven’t been decided. It will be some time in September or early October. Contact us if you’re interested.
Regular readers of this newsletter know about the Butter Knife Project. Spreaders are (usually) simple carved implements that are commonly used when serving butter -- Or nowadays spreads like pesto or humus. For years we have used “spreaders” as the introductory project in spoon carving classes. Spreaders are functional utensils and using them adds a special hand-made touch to any table setting. Making a basic spreader isn’t difficult, but designing one that looks good and is functional is a challenge. They can also be an excellent gift, or a comfortably priced hand-carved item to sell.
We invite wood carvers to contribute their version of a spreader to our design/study collection. There is no budget for this project, and it’s not a contest. Newly acquired butter knives are featured in this newsletter, and there is a complete web-site archive at Country Workshops’ Spreader World Gallery. This includes “as seen from above photos” that are not in the newsletter. Of course the collection is available for viewing and handling when you are here at CW.
Eight contributions were received in January. These include an olivewood spreader (with no finish) by Periklis Therrios -- from Syros, Greece. And a naturally twisted hazelwood spreader from our friend Beth Moen in Siljansnas, Sweden. Numbers 103-107 were purchases contributed by spoon collector Norman Stevens. Thank you, everyone.
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