NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013 E-NEWSLETTER
Class Calendar Update
Summer 2013 was our 36th year teaching courses with guest instructors – coming to Country Workshops from around the US, Sweden and Japan. We are now shifting into a smaller format based on our successful fall and winter tutorials where classes are limited to 4 students. Class members will benefit with this more personal group size. (We may also include an intern or other guest student.) Drew Langsner is the instructor.
At Country Workshops there are no hidden fees for registration or your materials. Tuition also includes lodging in a private room. Specialized tools are provided for all courses. (Students are requested to bring more common woodworking tools.) This is an excellent opportunity to see and try the tools available from our CW Store. Tuition also includes our well-known, garden fresh meals prepared by Louise Langsner. (You can get an idea from Louise's cooking blog at www.LouiseLangsner.wordpress.com)
Registration can be by phone (828 656 2280), e-mail, or post. The tuition deposit is $350, with the balance due 4 weeks before class. We accept personal checks, Visa/MasterCard and money orders.
Our summer tutorials will be announced on our website by mid-December. The 2014 schedule and our CW Store offerings will also be detailed in our next print catalog. Send us an e-mail with your name and postal address if you would like a free copy. It will also be possible to print out the catalog using a PDF link on our Web site.
Book and Video News from Sweden
Carving spoons and bowls continues to be an area where more and more woodworkers find their special niche. The English version of Wille Sundqvist's book "Swedish Carving Techniques" was published by Fine Woodworking in 1990. Perhaps 10 years later it was discontinued. Used copies became expensive, if you could find one.
2014 Store Pricing
THE BUTTER KNIFE PROJECT
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. We encourage wood carvers to develop their personal design, which should be useful and practical. 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. The collection is available for viewing and handling when you are at CW.
Since our last newsletter the collection has received two additional spreaders. Number 137 was carved from walnut by Sage Blankenship in Webster Spring, W.Va. This is another gift from spoon collector Norman Stevens. Number 138 is black cherry, carved by Mike Loeffler. Mike and partner Julie Benda donated this spreader to our collection when they visited Country Workshops in October. They are based in western Wisconsin.
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