Wednesday, June 13, 2018

combined wood and metals studios

This is a big week at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, as this is the first time all three studios in our wood and metals complex have been busy at the same time. We have Bob Patrick's class forging hardware for the Viking style chests we're making in the wood shop, while we have Les Brandt's class on woodturning taking place in the turning studio.

This has been a goal of mine: to see a sustained maximum utilization of our studio spaces. While we are a long ways from full occupancy on a weekly basis, this week is a step in the right direction.

Please come for studio stroll on Thursday to see the classes in action.

Keeping the studios fully utilized requires student participation. My students ask, "why don't more folks know about this school?" Visit and tell your friends, or bring some with you when you come. If you've been one of the many whose lives have been transformed by a class at ESSA, tell others about it.

This day in wood shop, my students completed the wooden parts for their Viking chests and will begin work with Bob Patrick to make the hardware tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning Bob Patrick's blacksmithing students who've finished their forging, will join me in the wood shop.  On Friday we will meet as a full group to finish our Viking chests.

I hope Bob Patrick and I can do this same exercise again in a year or two.

Make, fix, create, and join me in encouraging others to learn likewise.

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