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Let’s Go Back to School…and have fun learning a new skill!

Crafting classes are popping up all over with Studio Tour artists leading the way. Here’s your chance:

Over at the Shenandoah Planing Mill, woodworker Neil Super is teaching an Introduction to the Wood Lathe class. It’s a comprehensive introductory session that presumes the student has NO experience with wood working and you will leave having crafted a maple candlestick with a cherry base using skills you’ve learned. Classes scheduled for 7/10 and 9/10. Email Neil at if this suits your fancy.

Meantime master blacksmith Eric Johnson has set up his Kearneysville farm with 6 forges and is ready to teach both youth and adults. Typically his classes include the ability to take something you’ve made home with you. Youth classes are offered for kids 10 and up and even include a class that awards homeschool credit. Adult classes range from a one time sample class to series at the beginning and intermediate level. There’s extensive information available at their website or email Eric at

Over at the Charles Town Library a wonderful new book arts program has sprouted thanks to a $10,000 grant from Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Detlev and Mary Ellen Preissler Fund for the Arts, Music, Design, and Nature. Studio Tour members Liz Goins and Pam Parziale teamed with library director Marcella Genz to write the grant and classes have started. Next class is Plants + Water = Papermaking on July 12 for kids 7 – 10. To register for workshops, visit the library's Circulation Desk; or send an email to; or give us a call at 304-725-2208.

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