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Halton Wood Carvers: Smoke to Art Wood Burning Workshop
On March 11th and 12th the Halton Wood Carvers shared their skills with new and established carvers, and raised funds for their club by hosting a Wood Burning class taught by their very own John Van Tent with aid from Arnie Zimmerman and Bonnie Malenfant.
The Halton Wood Carvers, who operate out of the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre at 515 Main St. Glen Williams (Georgetown), were pleased to show off their facilities with an eye to attracting new members. Unlike other clubs a Halton Wood Carver member has 7x24x365 access to the building, its design library and equipment for a low annual fee of $250.
The class was originally scheduled for Sat March 11th for a maximum of 12 students, but 16 people wanted to do it, so the instructor, John Van Tent graciously added a second class on Sun March 12th. Established carvers from the Guelph and Bolton clubs along with local residents and a few Halton Wood Carvers attended.
To do wood burning, you transfer a photocopied pattern to the wood by applying lacquer thinner to an image photocopied with toner. Once the fumes from the thinner clear, the fun of applying your artistic talents with a wood burning tool really begins. Over the 2 days, 16 people were ‘burning up a storm’ with each completing their own ‘Chipmunk’ design project.
The Halton Wood Carvers are planning a Mother’s Day sale (May 6th and 7th) the weekend prior to Mother’s Day so folks can give their Moms something they might love to touch, hold and display.
To help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this July 1st, the Halton Wood Carvers will be offering Canada Day participants in Glen Williams the opportunity to paint a simple wood carving at its Studio in the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre. Should someone wish to pursue Carving as a hobby and become a member, please contact Joy Woodward at [email protected]