What an absolutely beautiful area of the country! Berea is about 30 miles south of Lexingon – real horse country. And not just country hobby horse farms – these are multi-million dollar horse racing farms. Berea itself is a lovely little artist community. There is an artisan center just off the interstate that sells high-end crafts and art. They have some amazing things there. I always love to see what people come up with when they want to start a little cottage business of selling things they create out of their own home – such creative and clever ideas – and so much talent.
The class went really well. Kelly Mehler’s school (www.kellymehler.com) has a wonderful atmosphere – set in the country, relaxed pace, and the catered-in lunches were amazing! Oh yeah – and we also got some carving done! This was a beginning class with 11 students, and in 3 days we got a lot of learning and carving (and fun) – carved the camellia flower, an acanthus leaf, and a scallop shell (and how could I forget the donut to start out with?) I always find after a class a little sadness – you meet all these people, you spend several days getting to know them, and we all go our separate ways… and you wonder when or if you will ever see them again. Sniff… they are my friends…One day we shall meet again in the world of woodcarving or wherever… Farewell my faithful woodcarvers!
We moved from a very basic carving that teaches grain sensitivity through several projects to a shell that is well advanced for beginners. This kind of progress comes from the combination of very effective teaching and interested students.
Mary’s teaching style is based on deep expertise, is easy going and helps build confidence, a great balance of giving direction and offering support.
… and as she described, Kelly’s school is a beautiful setting.
Great students, great atmosphere, great experience…
Thanks again Mary for the fantastic teaching! I’m practicing like you told us to. I appreciated your approach of demonstrating a step then having us do the same step as you came to each bench and fine-tuned our techniques. This was the most incredible training I’ve ever had. Thanks too to Kelly Mehler hosting us and the great camaraderie of the eleven students learning this wonderful skill.