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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.

Cold Process Soap Making

$90

with Maureen Anderson

Calendar May 7, 2023 at 1 pm

Class Description: Learn all of the intricacies, tricks and tips for making all natural goat’s milk soap using fresh milk, gathered botanicals and herbs, and vegetable oils using the cold process soap making method. Craftswoman, dairymaid and herbalist Maureen Anderson has 25 years of experience and will present this class in an entertaining and mindful way! Students will watch as a few simple ingredients are transformed into beautiful skincare that they will take home. Students will also gain knowledge of various herbs and their healing properties.

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.

17th C. Wood Carving: Cutting Board

$320

with Ian Hart

Calendar Jun 3, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Learn how to carve the surface of a wooden blank to create a cutting board that is both useful and decorative. Students will choose from a selection of 17th c. patterns and learn how to transcribe and carve them using gouges and chisels. Some basic woodworking and hand tool experience is recommended, but not required. Discussion topics will include how and why furniture developed and changed over time. Please Note: this class requires a specific set of tools that are not included in the tuition fee. You can purchase the $191 take-home tool kit when you register. OR, you may bring your own tools from home to reduce the tool kit fee, but they must be identical to those on the Tool List in order to successfully complete the project. If you have some tools at home, but not all, you will be able to select the individual tools that you need to purchase when you register. If you are planning to bring tools from home, please print the attachment to make sure your tools match those on the list prior to registering. The instructor will be purchasing the tools in advance of class and there will not be any extras available if you do not purchase the kit or bring the identical tools from home. 

Please Also 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: For the past ten years, Ian Hart has been interested in researching, understanding, and reproducing traditional wood and metal work, mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. During his senior year in college at the American College of the Building Arts, he assisted in the instruction of the freshman class in traditional metalwork. He spent several summers working at folk schools (Adirondack Folk School, Tillers International, and Touchstone); a portion of that time was spent teaching classes, which ranged from ornamental ironwork, spoon and bowl carving, and carved furniture. He was a Demonstrating Artisan at the Waterford Fair (2021, 2022)

Stack, Fire, Bake: Outdoor Pizza Oven

$195

with David Cargo

Calendar Jul 8, 2023 at 9 am

Class Description: Join baker David S. Cargo to learn how to build a portable stacked-brick oven. You’ll build the oven together as a team, and while it is firing, learn how to make dough for flatbreads and pizza. When the oven has reached optimal temperature, you’ll bake naan, pita bread, and pizza in the hot brick oven, then cap off the class with a wood-fired tasting party! You will leave with hands-on experience in building and baking in stacked brick ovens, along with flat bread recipes, and plans for three different oven sizes.

Lunch: Lunch is included in the class fee (and a pizza party at the end of class). If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them when you register.

Instructor Bio: David S. Cargo is one of the founding members of the Saint Paul Bread Club, a former baker at Trotter's Cafe and Bakery, a former baker at the St. Agnes Baking Company, and a featured baker in Kim Ode's cookbook, Baking with the Saint Paul Bread Club: Recipes, Tips, and Stories.

David's been teaching his oven-building class since 2010. He's taught it over 70 times and to hundreds of students in several states. His workshop was selected to be on the program for the Kneading Conference in Maine in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He also presented a shortened version at the annual meeting of the Masonry Heater Association at Wildacres, North Carolina, in 2018. We are pleased to welcome him back to the Waterford Craft School. Check out our conversation with David on our YouTube channel, which we recorded via Zoom in April, 2021.





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