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September: Savory Winter
Do you like to bake and learn with others? This is a perfect opportunity to get together each month (except August) and learn to make a seasonal dessert, and one savory galette. While this is not a formal class, Kate will have made the item and be ready with tips and tricks to assist everyone.
Kate McDill learned to bake at the Surrogate Hostess on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The training included both traditional French pastry and breads, and American comfort goodies. She has also been a caterer. Kate is a founding member of BARN, and led the Kitchen Arts Studio in the early days; she has taught at classes at BARN. Baking is her craft, and she is happy to share her knowledge and pass on the art of creating tasty treats.
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
The instructor will use a close-up camera and projector while demonstrating techniques so you will be able to see details without needing to be closer than social distancing rules require. You will also be able to use the camera to show the instructor closeups of your work so he can give detailed advice.
Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
October: Apple Cake (Silver Palette)
Join us for a basketry workshop with Kathey Ervin, one of our favorite instructors, and learn how to create a basket using yellow cedar, reed canary grass, and false embroidery.
Yellow cedar is often called the 24 caret gold of the northwest. Reed canary grass, although it grows everywhere (often seen in the ditches along roadways), is a beautiful material to work with – it processes and dyes easily.
False embroidery technique is used for pattern work and it is worked in as the basket is twined, not added afterwards. False embroidery is unique in that it does not show on the inside of the basket.
The first morning will be creating a Tlingit-style twined base, learning folded spoke additions, making the base 2.5 inches across. Harvesting and preparation techniques will be discussed and a full set of instructions will be included.
A Materials Fee of $85 is included in the total class price.
Instructor will provide all materials and tools required. If student has a favorite pocket knife – please bring.
Instructor Bio: Kathey Ervin lives in Sequim, Washington. After a career as a maker in clay creating mostly dinnerware, twenty years ago Kathey pivoted and began a new career in basketry. She has gone through various phases of learning, embracing everything from fairly high volume production work, to pursuing her own award winning artistic aesthetic. Kathey says: “Every professor and teacher I have ever worked with has talked about learning and ‘passing it on’. I am passionate about this point, and love the experience of seeing a student begin to pick up a technique, develop it, and then ‘pass it on.”
November: Pumpkin Break or Cheesecake (TBD)
December: Cookie Swap!
Do you like to bake and learn with others? This is a perfect opportunity to get together each month and learn to make a seasonal dessert, and one savory galette. While this is not a formal class, Kate will have made the item and be ready with tips and tricks to assist everyone.