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Making a Floorcloth from Start to Finish

$280

with Grace Rochford

Calendar Mar 25, 2023 at 8:30 am

Class Description: In this one-day class, students will design a useful, 2’ by 3’ piece of painted canvas floorcloth--one of the earliest forms of modern floor covering! When registering, select a background color of cream or yellow-gold (please click this link to see the Background Color Samples, then make your selection from the drop down menu at check out.) The instructor will prepare your background in advance of class. In class, you will select from several different diamond patterns. A variety of paint colors will be available to choose from (black, burgundy, navy, and more). If you prefer to bring your own paint, Glidden Diamond interior acrylic sample sizes are recommended (available at Home Depot). The instructor will also provide a selection of stencils, or you may bring your own. The tuition includes the $80 materials fee (all necessary supplies, including the protective polycrylic, which should be applied at home before use.) Please bring a hairdryer to speed up the painting process, and an apron or old work shirt to protect your clothes.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Grace Rochford originally made floorcloths just for herself, then was inspired to launch her company, Designs By Grace. She’s been making floorcloths for over 15 years, and has the added distinction of being one of our Waterford Landmark Artisans, who are the heart of the Waterford Fair and a dedicated supporters of the Waterford Foundation. She has taught numerous Waterford Craft School classes, inspiring many of her students to continue making floorcloths on their own. The process is contagious!

Large Laundry/Storage Basket (Beginner/Intermediate)

$390

with Karen Wychock

Calendar Mar 25, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: This is a very large basket that will be woven over a wooden mold, measuring 16” x 22” x 13”. It’s perfect for laundry, or to showcase your collection of quilts or pillows. The instructor first wove this on an antique basket mold she found in New Jersey! On Saturday, you will measure and cut all of your spokes, lay out the base and then weave the sides. An assortment of reed sizes will be available so you can incorporate pattern and texture into your basket. You can also choose to incorporate color if you choose. Copper brads will be used to attach three sets of oak runners to the base for support. On Sunday, you will pack the basket, turn down the spokes and then add handles and rims. Lashing will tie the rims to the basket. Please Note: this class ends at 3 PM on Sunday.

Tuition includes the $90 Materials Fee.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Working over wooden molds, in the method of the Shakers, Karen Wychock’s baskets are traditional in shape and materials. She weaves both Shaker reproductions in ash and traditional, utilitarian baskets of reed. Native hardwoods such as ash and oak are used to make the rims and handles, and all of her baskets are lashed using ash. Each basket takes on its own character as it is woven in a quatrefoil. Twill or fancy lace patterns appeal to both eye and touch.

Karen was an art teacher for 22 years in the Neshaminy School District, Langhorne, PA, before becoming a middle school principal for 15 years in both the Neshaminy School District and the Central Bucks School District.

She is a member of the Bucks County Craftsmen’s Guild, the Bucks County Hand Weaver’s Guild and the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She is also president of the Penn-Jersey Basket Weavers Guild. She teaches both children and adults. Karen sells her work at various shows and galleries throughout the northeast (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Ohio), and is a 'Waterford Landmark Artisan', exemplifying excellence in craftsmanship and education at the Waterford Fair, and for her commitment to the Waterford Foundation's preservation mission.

Willow Woven Garden Structures

$385

with Jesica Clark

Calendar Mar 25, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: In this workshop, students will make two different garden structures, a conical obelisk and a domed, open plant cloche. These woven structures can be used as plant supports or garden accents. Students will weave with willow and learn basic willow handling techniques using three different weaving patterns: Irish mouth wale, French randing, and three-rod wale, and two different tying knots, God’s eye and Japanese eye knot. This workshop is suitable for beginners, but strong hands are a must, as students will be working with larger willow. All materials and tools will be provided for use in class. Detailed instructions and a template for creating a jig at home will be provided. The history of willow weaving, and a summary of growing, harvesting, and processing willow also will be taught.  Please Note: this class ends  at 3 PM on Sunday.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Jes Clark is owner and operator of Willow Vale Farm in Stanfordville, NY. Jes weaves traditional and contemporary functional pieces and the basket forms created are a result of their conversation with each stick of willow. All of their willow is grown without pesticides using regenerative practices and with loving care. Jes has been teaching weaving just since 2018 but has taught hundreds of students ranging from absolute beginners to experienced weavers looking to refine their craft. They have taught at the Stowe Basketry Festival, for the Northeast Basketmakers Guild, at the New York Botanical Garden just to name a few, and also privately in one-on-one tutorials.

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Broom Making

$325

with Gary Robinson

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Using natural materials, you will learn how to bind broomcorn to a sapling handle using a traditional American-style weave. The binding string is held under pressure with your feet, leaving both hands free to create a wide variety of broom styles. Each student will hand craft a cobweb broom and one or more hand brooms. This class is open to beginning broom weavers and returning students. Please Note: this class ends at 3 PM on Sunday.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Born in the west central mountains of Virginia, where he still resides, Gary Robinson learned the art of broom making in 1991 and has been making brooms full time since then. Gary’s brooms appeared in the historical drama Sommersby starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster and have been purchased by George Washington’s Mount Vernon for use in their portrayal of colonial life. Over the years, demonstrating and teaching his craft has been one of the most fulfilling parts of his journey.

Gary has been a juried Demonstrating Artisan at the Waterford Fair since 1991. He is a Waterford Landmark Artisan, exemplifying excellence in craft and education, and for his commitment to the Waterford Foundation's preservation mission. We recorded a conversation with Gary after his 2021 class, which is on our YouTube channel.

Greenwood Spoon Carving

$200

with Paul Pendola

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Let the wood guide you! In this class, you’ll learn basic greenwood spoon carving techniques, including selecting the best trees for carving, breaking-down logs into usable spoon blanks, and practicing the basic axe and knife skills needed for safe and efficient carving. Using only three tools (axe, straight knife, and hook knife), you'll begin carving your own wooden spoon; leaving with a few blisters on your hands, an appreciation for the therapeutic nature and addictive qualities of spoon carving, and the basic technique, confidence, and reference material needed to continue carving on your own. The small group format allows for safe and individualized instruction. The tuition fee includes materials: greenwood spoon blanks for carving, a dedicated (physically distanced) workstation, use of carving tools, course materials, personalized instruction, coaching, and encouragement. Please Note: an optional $80 take-home tool kit may be purchased in advance when you register. To order the take-home tool kit, you must register for the class before May 1st.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Paul Pendola is the founder of the Galena Spoon Co. Artisan Studio & Gallery, and a Galena, Illinois-based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax, Paul’s mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art. He enjoys sharing his love of carving with his students and leading professional development workshops to empower artisans.

For a look at the sights and sounds of Paul's April, 2021, class here at the Old School, check out this short video recap on our YouTube channel.

Herbal Remedies

$185

with Maureen Anderson

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Learn how to make your own salves and balms using methods that are historically accurate to colonial Virginia, including the use of plants native to the area. Weather permitting, students will go outside to learn how to identify and forage for wild plants that may be incorporated into your projects. Learn how to complete your class projects with packaging and labeling.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Maureen Anderson's home farm is a family-owned and operated venture of love and commitment to reviving the lost arts. They strive to farm in a sustainable manner and are committed to utilizing time-honored “old fashioned” methods as well. These methods both enhance the lives of their animals and maintain a connection to the earth. By offering and promoting products and educational ventures nationwide, they support and encouraging other small farms. They believe that small farms are the backbone of our culture and our country, producing healthier food, creating superior products, and fostering healthy economies and communities.

Make Your Own Bead Chain Jewelry

$175

with Candace Stribling

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Use your creativity to make a beautiful basic chain link necklace using sterling silver wire, beads, and other embellishments. You’ll learn how to make simple loops and wrapped loops that you will use to connect the beads in your necklace. You’ll learn how to arrange the beads to create a beautiful design using a bead board, and make a simple clasp. The instructor will provide sterling sliver wire. If time allows, you may also make a pair of earrings. Please bring the following tools, which can be purchased at Joann’s, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart: round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, and flush cutters. The instructor will bring bead boards for your use during class. Bring your creativity to this fun class and leave with beautiful, wearable art! Please Note: the materials fee is not included in the tution fee. Depending on your bead selections, there will be an additional $25 - $35 materials fee due to the instructor in class.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Candace Stribling began her love of jewelry-making after purchasing a kit at Michaels. She fell in love with the technical skills required in jewelry-making, and for the opportunity it provides for her to explore her creativity. She also fell in love with beads, especially beads from Africa, India, and other countries.

Candace took her first metalsmithing class at Glen Echo, and has since taken courses at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, MD and at JewelryClassDC in Washington, DC. She finds she can best express her creative abilities by forming and shaping metal. All of her pieces start as sheet or wire and end up as a piece of one-of-kind jewelry using soldering, forming, hammering, and setting stones. Candace is a Waterford Landmark Artisan, exemplifying excellence in craftsmanship and education during the Waterford Fair, and for her commitment to the Waterford Foundation.

Splint Seat Weaving

$200

with Pamela Foster

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Using a chair you bring from home, you will learn how to replace the seat with splint. The history, origin, and preservation of this woven seat style will also be discussed. If you aren’t sure if your chair is suitable for the class (click here to see an example of a suitable chair frame), please email an image to us in advance to ensure that you have what you need to successfully complete the project. Please Note: you will need to bring the following supplies to class: a standard stapler, a bucket or pan that will hold a gallon of water, a spray bottle (for water), an old towel, hand snips, pruners or sturdy scissors (to cut the reed), needle nose pliers, a utility knife, two 2-inch spring clamps, a pencil or pen, a butter knife (a thin blade is optimal), and your chair.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: Pamela Foster has been weaving for over 40 years. She specializes in wicker restoration, but weaves all types of chair seats, including splint, cane, rush, bamboo, rattan, willow, and grasses. She has woven seats for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and restored a wicker sled for the Loudoun Museum. She has been reproducing Gustav Stickley wicker lampshades for over 25 years, which are sold nationwide. She has been teaching for the Waterford Craft School since its inception in 2016.

You can learn more about Pamela in this YouTube video short, which captures a conversation we had with her in her cozy, mountaintop studio in 2021.





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