Consider this blog an invitation to my favorite event on our calendar—Open Studios in the workshop!
I hope you can join us to see the unique tools we use to make our fun pieces, check out Tom’s latest innovations in our work spaces, and pick through our wonderful array of New England hardwoods awaiting inspiration.
While you’re on the road, follow the signs to other studios and group shows for an amazing array of talent here in our Quiet Corner of Connecticut: from wall art (paintings and photographs) to exquisite furniture and refinished chairs, quilts and functional wares made of clay, metal, fiber and wood. If you find websites confusing and YOU’D LIKE ONE OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL FLYERS WITH PHOTOS AND A MAP, SEND ME YOUR SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS. Quickly!!
Education is the basis for this event. It’s always satisfying to see light bulbs go on when we show our tools and work methods—from positioning the grain correctly to oiling the finished piece.
As usual, we'll have kindling for those who heat with wood—these are our cutoffs from sawing out spoons and boards, lovely pieces of dry hardwood with pointy bits that are so easy to light (BYOBox!). As usual, we’ll give out Canna bulbs--those tall, red tropical trumpet flowers that hummingbirds love so well—to overwinter inside, then plant in late spring.
And this year, we’ll start a new tradition: bring in your utensils and boards (Meb’s Kitchenwares only please!) for a freshening up on our super-fast workshop tools and a dip in our special oil. Note: Please clean thoroughly beforehand—soap, water and scrubby—so any oils don’t grease up our sandpaper.
We hope you can visit us during this special time.
If you can’t make it, we often have visitors at other times of the year, preferably on rainy days when we can't be working on the homestead. And if you want to try Skyping during the event, give a call on the office phone: 860-974-3504 to see if it’s a good time.
I trust that this year has brought you more good than bad and that you are able to give thanks for the blessings.
All our best, Meb and Tom