October Shop Notes

It’s been a most interesting month.  The highpoint in October was teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, during their annual Open Door program.   The last program of the season, Open Door is for Maine residents.  This year there were workshops in blacksmithing, clay, drawing, fiber, metals, wood and writing.  My workshop was entitled Wood Waste, Wonderful Wood.

We made works of art out of scrap wood, driftwood, found wood, left overs, and exotic woods too precious to throw out.  Students ranged from very experienced wood workers to those for whom wood was an entirely new medium.

I was amazed at the diversity and creativity of the various projects.  We had driftwood sculptures, free-form containers with drawers, rolling pins, art objects, whimsical creations,  shelves, carvings and turnings.  One of the most challenging projects was a simple dovetailed white pine box with the most amazing paneled lid.  An irregular chain sawed, weathered slab, with nary a straight edge or flat surface was let into the top frame of the box.  The contrast between the light, carefully dovetailed box and the rough, weathered panel was a delight to behold.

Haystack is one of the most magical places in Maine. A place where creativity thrives and prospers.  It was an amazing 3 days.  The weather was perfect, for once, the food great, as usual, and the art produced in the other workshops was beyond description.  An October to remember.    C. H. Becksvoort © 2011

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