Ken in Erica Gordon's Class
Michael Cullen preparing a "pyroglyph" on wood.
HMS0C is located about 45 minutes from where we live. It is on beautiful Deer Isle here in Maine.
It is a magical place, and idyllic place, an inspiring place. Artists come from all All ALL over the world to study with each other.
Linda in her wood working class.
Every spring, a course is offered in alliance with the brilliant Maine Crafts Association, an organization determined to further the artistic opportunities for the artisan in Maine.
Although this program has been going on for a million years... Ken and I have never attended, that is, ....not until this year.
We had always been encumbered by the usual "artist making a living" syndrome. "Ooooh we are too busy" etc. And Glass blowing is never offered in the spring....
But do you know what? Who cares? We went to learn about other mediums!!
The cool metal components Ken create during his work shop.
And my instructor was Michael Cullen, who taught us how to sharpen our wood tools and then how to use them! Wood carving, who knew it would feel like doing cookies in a chevy, Chevette on an icy parking lot? I am hooked!
I know it seems like because I do glass every day, my muse should be fat and happy, but I need a "hobby" and playing with wood is like coming full circle for me since I cut my artisan chops many years ago building furniture for Cheryl Riley.
Ken and I had a fantastic time, and have vowed we will never miss this opportunity again!
Enjoy the photos below,(all photos were taken by Judith Paolini author of the Inspired Gardens) and go to Haystack any chance you get!!!
John Clark with a draw knife, my new favorite tool.