Apples and Oranges
When Country Workshops started offering 5-day summer workshops
in 1978 Drew and Louise Langsner decided that tuition would
include meals and materials. In addition, the shop would provide
the required specialty tools for most courses. At the beginning
we provided a camping area, but in the early 80’s we
refurbished the original farmhouse here, which then became
a summer dorm. We also built the log Guest Cabin (with 2 rooms)
and created 2 rooms above the workshop. Tuition for winter
tutorials includes your private room. These are available
as an optional “extra” for summer workshops.
Tools. From our start we began to acquire
high quality tools that would be available during class. We
have also made a concerted effort to care for and maintain
our collection. Class participants and our guest teachers
consistently tell us that our tool selection is superior to
what they see at other woodworking schools. Many of these
tools are also available to purchase from the Country Workshops
For more on tuition pricing go to: www.countryworkshops.org/Prices.html
If you have questions about our classes please don’t hesitate
to phone Drew and Louise. (828 656 2280 Mon-Sat 9-6 EST) Enrollment
can be by phone, post or e-mail. A printable registration form
is on our web site at: www.countryworkshops.org/Registration.html
Winter Tutorials are limited to 4 students. Tuition includes
materials, meals and your private room. Specialized tools are
provided for all of these classes. Drew Langsner is the instructor.
January 30 - February 3: Rustic
Windsor Chairmaking - 2 openings
February 13 - 17: Carving
Bowls and Spoons - Full
February 27 - March 2: Carving
Bowls and Spoons - 2 openings
March 26 - 30: Making
a Corner Cabinet
April 9 - 13: Rustic
Spring Weekends are similar to our Tutorials. Students arrive
Friday evening (for move in and supper) and class runs Saturday
– Sunday. A private room, meals and specialty tools are
April 28 - 29: Spoon
Carving (Drew Langsner)
May 5 - 6: Bowl
Carving (Drew Langsner) - 1 opening
June 2 - 3: Willow
Basketry (Louise Langsner)
work at shaving horses.
Workshops with Guest Instructors
Summer workshops average 8 students. Tuition
includes materials, meals and a shared room. (Private rooms
are also available.) Specialized tools are provided for all
courses, with the exception of Japanese Woodworking and Toolmaking
11 - 16: Ladderback
Chairmaking (Drew Langsner)
June 25 - 30: Japanese
Woodworking – Making A Shoji (Carl Swensson)
August 13 - 18: Coopering
August 27 - 31: Toolmaking
for Woodworkers (Hans Karlsson) - Full
September 10 - 15: Wooden
Boat Basics (Douglas Brooks)
THE COUNTRY WORKSHOPS STORE
When we published our 2012 print catalog we added
a new sheath knife from Swedish toolmaker Svante Djärv.
This is an excellent value for a hand-forged knife that comes
with a custom fitted hand-stitched leather sheath. Drew has
found this knife to be particularly good for his personal carving,
and while teaching classes. The knife size hits a perfect mid-point
between being a small (detail) knife and a large (roughing)
knife. We now offer just the knife, for those who don’t
need a sheath -- or if you want to make your own. The blade
is 5/8” x 2-3/4” and it’s fitted to a typical,
generous Svante handle.
knife with leather sheath
knife without sheath
These are closeouts with reduced prices while we have inventory.
i Trä by Jögge Sundqvist
With the Grain by Mike Abbott
The Garden Kitchen
For years students and guest instructors at Country Workshops
have been asking Louise Langsner when she would write a book
with recipes from the meals that we serve. Louise has a special
knack for preparing healthy dishes that are also taste treats,
with many ingredients coming straight from her gardens. Her
broad cooking interests include international menus, with favorite
dishes coming from Asia, Mexico and most recently, Italy.
Louise has been writing down these recipes for years. But actually
getting a book together is a big challenge, especially for someone
who prefers to be in the garden. One special “problem”
is that Louise is always changing how she goes about the task
of preparing a particular dish. Louise works with what’s
available in the garden and what she finds that looks particularly
good when she’s grocery shopping before a class. The recipes
are always changing.
We are happy to announce that this wonderful array of knowledge
is beginning to appear on Louise’s new web blog, appropriately
called “The Garden Kitchen.” Recipes (along with
stories and photos) will be added over time and as we get feedback
from viewers. And they can even be modified on the blog. This
is something new for us, so has to be considered a work in progress.
Which is what a blog is. (We think!)
Louise and Drew wish to thank their daughter Naomi for the graphics
and technical effort that makes this possible. Blog viewers
are welcome to post comments and to ask questions. Just go to:
Cooking Lessons at Country Workshops
This is available for spouses and friends of woodworking class
participants who would like to be here during one of our scheduled
classes. (And for woodworkers who tell us that they would return
just for the wonderful meals.) If you would like to enjoy those
dishes at home, we invite you to share some time in the garden
and kitchen with Louise. Learn to bake breads with whole grains
and a sourdough starter, harvest fresh vegetables and herbs
from the garden, and explore techniques and recipes for healthy
menus from around the world.
Cooking with Louise can be attended during any of our class
weeks. Instruction is approximately 4 hours each day, beginning
after lunch. The tuition is $575 for 5-day courses and $675
for 6-day courses. This includes your shared room and meals
-- of course. Limited to one student during each session. Phone
us if you have questions or would like to sign up.
BUTTER KNIFE PROJECT
Harvey's black birch butter knife.
readers of this newsletter already know about the Butter Knife
Project. Swedish Smör knivar are (usually) simple
carved implements that are used when serving butter or spreads
(like pesto or humus.) For years we used “spreaders”
as the introductory project in spoon carving classes. But spreaders
are practical and using them adds a nice hand-made touch to
any table setting. They can also be an excellent gift, or a
comfortably priced hand-carved item to sell.
When Jögge Sundqvist was teaching at Country Workshops
in 2010 he occupied some of his personal time working on a batch
of his production version. At that time Drew was thinking about
gifts to take on our Japan Craft Tour. Before leaving, he made
29. And Drew had been corresponding with Norman Stevens who
has a remarkable collection of carved wooden teaspoons. These
factors came together into the idea of starting a design/study
collection of butter knives.
We invite all carvers to submit their version to the collection.
There is no budget for this project, and it’s not a contest.
We encourage woodcarvers to develop their own designs which
should be useful and practical. Newly acquired butter knives
are featured in this newsletter, and there is a complete web-site
archive at Country Workshops’ Spreader
World Gallery. We are always happy to receive further contributions.
Of course the collection is available for viewing (and handling)
when you are here at CW.
Bill Harvey (from Charlotte, NC) carved number 44 in the collection.
Bill used black birch with flax oil for the finish. This is
one of several that were made. The others became Christmas gifts.
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