Press-Republican

July 9, 2012

Home and Garden Briefs: July 9, 2012

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---- — Saranac Lake session to teach wood-carving intro

SARANAC LAKE — BluSeed Studios is sponsoring a intro to wood carving course, “Release a Wood-Spirit Make a Walking Stick,” 9 a.m. to noon, July 24 through 26, with instructor Mark Paul.

The cost is $85 plus a $15 material fee and $30 tool rental (if needed).

This session, for ages 15 and up, will give beginning and experienced wood carvers an opportunity to carve a wood-spirit face in a locally harvested walking stick. The class will cover carving safety, carving tool care and use and how to select, season and prepare a walking stick blank. It is important to note that woodcarving tools are razor sharp, cuts are not uncommon. The instructor strongly recommends the use of cut resistant carving gloves. Tools to be had or rented are: a sharp carving knife and assorted gouges 6mm V-tool, 9mm #3 gouge, 8mm #6 gouge and a 2mm #11 Veiner. The instructor will have a limited number of tools to rent during the class. For those students that desire to continue to apply their new carving skills, blanks, carving gloves, knives and gouges will be available for purchase.

Paul is a retired forestry instructor and has been working with wood all his life. Paul has taught woodcarving in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and Vermont but he is proudest of his work with Saranac Lake Middle School Carving Club. In conjunction with the Saranac Lake School Art Department, Paul has taught more than 100 young artist/carvers over the past five years.

To reserve your spot or for further information please visit: bluseedstudios.org or call 891-3799. BluSeed is located at 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake.

Make paddles at Adirondack Museum this summer

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Craftsman Caleb Davis will return to the Adirondack Museum this summer to teach a series of one-day paddle making workshops. Students will use hand-tools to craft their own wooden canoe paddle. Workshops will be held July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 24 and 31.

Students may choose a single or double blade cherry wood paddle. The workshops start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 5 participants per workshop, and pre-registration is required. The non-refundable fee of $120 is due at registration. Register online at http://www.adirondackmuseumstore.com/workshops1.html. Please note this is a physically demanding activity.

Caleb Davis, proprietor of Tremolo, creates beautiful handcrafted canoe paddles. He is a former shop teacher and a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Tremolo is both a vocation and a passion for Caleb, whose enthusiasm towards the art of both canoeing and paddle making is contagious; all it takes is five minutes with Caleb to make you want to pick up a blank and craft that perfect paddle, then to jump into your solo or tandem canoe and master traditional flat-water paddling techniques.

The Adirondack Museum will also offer other craft workshops throughout the season including: adult packbasket workshop Aug. 25; stained glass workshop July 31; plein air painting workshop Aug. 15; and a rustic birch bark frame workshop for families Sept. 22. Registration for all workshops is available online: http://www.adirondackmuseumstore.com/workshops1.html.

The Adirondack Museum is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Oct. 14. The museum will close 3 p.m. Aug. 10 and Sept. 7 for special event preparations.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers 65,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in twenty-two modern and historic buildings. Visitors can explore how people have lived, worked, traveled, and played in the Adirondacks from the 19th century up to today. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call 352-7311.