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Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Maker Workshop Series

Heritage Making is about building both community and beautiful things. Explore new skills from bird carving to blacksmithing in this series of workshops at the Cumming Nature Center.

At the core, this program aims to create a supportive space for talented teachers and craftspeople to share traditional knowledge through fellowship and intensive instruction. Classes are relaxed, informative, and recognize the value in handmade arts and crafts.

Pack Basket Making | Bird Carving | Blacksmithing


Pack Basket Making Workshop 

October 2 & 3 (this is a two-day workshop) - SOLD OUT
9:30am - 4:00pm 
$165 per person

The traditional Adirondack Pack Basket is as functional as it is treasured. With expert guidance from our experienced basket maker you can weave your own medium-large pack basket that is certain to become an heirloom. Participants will use both flat and flat oval reed to create a 22” high pack basket. A leather harness strap will complete the basket. All materials and necessary tools are included in the cost of the program. Students will need to bring their own lunches, water, and snacks each day.

Most students will not finish in two days but will need to stain their basket at home. Staining will be demonstrated during class. 

Previous basket making experience is helpful, but not necessary! This workshop is for ages 14 and up.

SOLD OUT


Bird Carving Class: Carving a Baltimore Oriole

October 23 & 24 (this is a two-day workshop)
9:00am-4:00pm
$100 per person

Discover the joy of bird carving! In this two-day workshop, participants will study bird anatomy and carving techniques while learning how to carve and paint a lifesize Baltimore Oriole, taught by award-winning carver Robin Salsbury. Appropriate to beginner and experienced woodcarvers alike, students will be guided by the instructor through the process from start to finish. The Oriole is native to the northeast U.S. and is easily recognized by its distinctive colors. Orioles are often found flitting through the treetops looking for insects or in the bushes feeding on berries. Materials and tools will be provided.

Register for Bird Carving


Blacksmithing

September 25, October 3, 9, & 23
Times and prices vary - see full schedule below

Join instructor Jonathan Bernard to learn the art of blacksmithing in small-group, hands-on training sessions at Cumming Nature Center. Classes for all skill levels will be offered in September & October, ranging from the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing to Advanced Knife-Making courses. Each participant will go home with an object they created during the class. 

See Full Blacksmithing Schedule


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