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makers workshops for July

May 29, 2013 4 min read

The studio is offering 4 projects in July for makers to come out and enjoy during a hopefully hot and sunny summer.

The evenings will be prefect for gathering together, enjoying a creative adventure with some fellow seekers, good food and making something uniquely yours.

July 4th is the first workshop in the line-up.

The Living Frame.
There are 2 sizes to choose from for this project, a large 2ft x 4ft model or a smaller 1.5ft x 2ft piece.  The frame is made from salvaged hardwood pallet runners that have had the nails cut and ground down to a smooth finish adding a nice rugged appeal.  A backing of OSB plywood is screwed onto the back of the frame and then a layer of building vapor barrier is attached inside the frame where the dirt is going to sit and up the sides of the frames and is then secured with an air stapler.

A cactus dirt blend is used for the succulent plants, which fortunately is lighter than regular soil.
Once the dirt is pressed down a layer of burlap and chicken wire are added on top and attached to the inside of the frame also using the air stapler. A coat of clear MF Woodmate sealer is applied to the boards by the studio prior to the workshop.

 Now your living frame is ready for its inhabitants.  The studio will supply 1 hen and chick for each makers frame and you are welcome to bring your personal collection of succulents to the studio to plant in the or we can help you load it up so you can do your artistic gardening at home.

Over time you can cut into the blank areas of burlap so the new growth can come through. For water I just use a spray bottle and wet every 2 days or so until the plants have settled. Great for outdoors and indoors!

July 11, is the second workshop.
Rustic Industrial Book Stand
This was a necessity to compliment my cookbook obsession (a friend just commented that it is beyond obsession)!  I'm so excited that I finally have a heavy duty cookbook holder in my kitchen and so can you.

The stand had been designed with all the ingredients a good book stand should have.
Appropriate angle for the stand to lean back so you can easily read the pages. It had to be able to accommodate a wide range of book sizes and thickness, even several at a time.  Required a way to hold the book pages back and protect them from little baker fingers, and something that will fold up and be easily put away or even hang on the wall like a picture. An intriguing decor piece even when left out and book empty.

Makers will select their boards from salvage pallets for the piece.

The wood arm is secured by a steel rod that runs from one end of the stand through the centre wooden arm, which is drilled through and attached into a drilled insert on the other side of the stand.  The arm is re-enforced with a piece of leather at the bottom to ensure ultimate stability. All other wood pieces are pre-drilled and screwed into place by the maker.


A piece of plexiglass is custom bent in the studio to fit over the top of the stand but has been designed with flexibility by attaching a chain to the piece of glass allowing the piece to flip and sit on the bottom of the stand also.

To finish it off makers can add wood transfers to their piece and seal with a clear coat of MF Woodmate sealer.

July 18th, the third workshop.
Modern Wooden Trenchers

Definition from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trencher_%28tableware%29.
A trencher (from Old French tranchier; "to cut") is a type of tableware, commonly used in medieval cuisine. A trencher was originally a piece of stale bread, cut into a square shape by a carver, and used as a plate, upon which the food could be placed before being eaten.[1] At the end of the meal, the trencher could be eaten with sauce, but was more frequently given as alms to the poor. Later the trencher evolved into a small plate of metal or wood. 

Makers will choose a set of 4 boards from domestic hardwood like cherry, maple and walnut each measuring 5.5"w x 12"l. The trench that is routered into the trencher by the maker will measure 1 3/4"w x  4 1/2"l.  The hole at the top corner is up to the designers discretion and can be made smaller or larger and in multiples if desired.

There will be some hand sanding and use of the belt sanders, but a new machine will be used for this workshop. The planer, to unsure levelness and ultra smoothness...FUN!

Like our vintage cutting boards the makers will wipe down the trenchers when completed and season with coconut oil and a beeswax blend.  Leather strapping is also an option that can be added onto the handles after seasoning if the maker chooses.

Great for any occasion and makes an ordinary meal...extraordinary.  It's all in the presentation!

July 25 & 30, the fourth workshop.
rock bottom vessel

The "rock bottom vessel", is made from hand pressed concrete and infused with natural pigments to create an alluring smokey look through the stone.  Cratered in the concrete is a 1000ml round bottom boiling flask made of Borosilicate glass that can tolerate varying degrees of temperature both hot and cold.   One minute you can fill it up with ice-cold lemonade and the next some steaming hot soup.

Leave it to the world of science for such stylish functionality.

This workshop is a 2 evening event.  First night there will be the mixing of Portland cement white or grey, sandblasting sand, fibres and water, colouring and casting of the concrete and then it needs to cure.  On the second visit the makers will lightly sand, and seal their finished bottom, add leather, colour of their choice to the round bottom boiling flask, which is science grade,  and dip the vessel's cork in beeswax to help seal out the moisture.

This is a great piece that always intrigues guest, especially kids.  The style of the glass also lends to easy cleaning and pouring.

If you have any questions concerning any of the workshops send me an email.  I hope to see you out for an evening of making.

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