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February 2020

Willow Handbag

February 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Willo Handbag workshop

How about making a handbag out of willow? I am so excited about this workshop as I have seen the example that Leilah has made. I used to think that making baskets is so uncool but I have totally changed my mind since I have seen Leilah's work. This type of weaving is more ordered than the sculptural weaving for the ornaments. You will learn the basics of how to weave the base and then the sides of the bag.…

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March 2020

Willow Boxing Hare

March 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Willow Boxing Hare workshop

Leilah from Dragon Willow is a local willow artist who is kept busy with workshops and commissions. Willow Boxing Hare workshop is new to Blacksmith Shop Crafts but Leilah has been to my venue dozens of times before during the years. Boxing Hare stands about a meter from the ground to the tip of his ears. Hare is constructed using random weave method and is manageable by a novice to willow weaving but is equally fun for someone with experience.…

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Fused Glass workshop

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
fused glass bowl workshop

Hazel Burnham is tutoring this hugely popular and rewarding workshop on how to make lovely fused glass items. Hazel will explain the intricate art and craft of glass fusing and then let you free reign as for what you would like to make. Past items include freestanding wavy table decorations, sun catchers, bowls and coasters. You will learn how to cut glass and how to decorate it. You will also understand terminology such as kiln, firing, slumping and frit. But…

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April 2020

Willow Hearts

April 25 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Willow heart workshop

Random weave willow technique is used for this beautiful natural Willow heart decoration either for indoors or in the garden. Willow heart would make a lovingly presented gift for someone or you could of course keep it yourself. Willow craft is sustainable and the beauty of random weave is that when you learn the technique yourself you can improvise with other natural twigs and grasses to make your own version of the heart. The size of your willow heart will…

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May 2020

Whittle a Wooden Spoon

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
wooden spoon workshop

Whittling wooden spoons is a new workshop at the Blacksmith Shop Crafts. My degree is in designing and making furniture but I have never whittled a spoon. I have made a dining table and several chairs and benches but this will be my first try of carving a spoon. Hope you find this traditional greenwood craft as fascinating as I do. Dave Atkin from Woodwyrm is coming to tutor this half day workshop. We will be using axes, carving tools…

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