Crafting Your Own Collection: Part 2

We all have special talents and if one of yours happens to be crafting household items or working on projects with your own two hands (or you’ve always wanted to learn how) be sure to look into our special Pre-Conference Workshops held each year at the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the historic Grove Park Inn.

Each February we offer hands-on workshops on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before the Conference officially begins and they are always a treat for those that attend. These special workshops only have room for 12 to 20 people, depending on the subject matter and the size of the room, so advance registration is required — and they do sell out fast!

Here then is a brief description of three more of the upcoming workshops for you to consider when making your plans to attend the 29th National Arts & Crafts Conference February 19-21, 2016! (Click here to see our first article featuring the other three exciting workshops!)

Coppersmithing: Arts & Crafts Style – This two part workshop led by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Frank Glapa will get you started on the basics of copper repousse techniques. Your materials will be waiting for you as Frank guides you through the process of hammering and shaping your copper “tile” into an incredible piece of Arts & Crafts metalwork. Classic designs will be provided to fit the 4×4 copper tile. At the end of the workshop, take home your finished copper tile and continue to master your metalworking skills wherever you are! And the professional coppersmithing tools you use during the workshop are available for purchase at an additional cost. Register today for what promises to be an Arts & Crafts experience of a lifetime! (Thursday 2-5pm AND Friday 8-11am, $190)

Bringing Arts & Crafts Design Into Your Landscape – So, your house is done (or maybe it isn’t), but your yard is bland and boring. When February rolls around, Spring will be fast approaching, which means this is the time to start planning your yard make-over. And who could be a better instructor, mentor and landscaping friend than author Paul Duchscherer? You will arrive with snapshots of what your yard looks like now (bring several), along with a sketch of your property. Be sure to include some basic measurements and identify one feature which you would like to improve in this workshop. Paul will discuss with the class many of the various options you could incorporate into your landscape design that will bring the Arts & Crafts style outdoors, and he will work with you personally as you make your selections and begin planning your own Arts & Crafts yard. (Thursday 2-5pm OR Friday 8-11:00am, $90)

Stenciling: Vintage Arts & Crafts Style – This unique style of stenciling adorned many an Arts & Crafts home, appearing on everything from walls to pillows to pin cushions, yet few examples exist today. Amy Miller, author and founder of Trimbelle River Studio & Design, makes a special trip back to the Grove Park Inn to teach her entertaining workshop on this decorative art. Covering fundamentals and with plenty of helpful hints and personal attention, this hands-on workshop will teach you simple techniques to make your own project easier. An autographed copy of her humorous, yet informative book Stenciling the Arts & Crafts Home is included. And a limited amount of extra stenciling supplies will also be available at an additional cost. (Thursday 2-5pm OR Friday 8-11:00am, $90)

For additional information on the National Arts & Crafts Conference, please visit!

To register, call our office today at (828) 628-1915.

Looking forward to seeing you there!