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Hi all - it is time for another workshop. This time I am going to go over the process of carving a holder with basic tools.


All supplies will be provided. You just need to show up with some enthusiasm and walk home with a holder crafted with your own hands. I am going to demonstrate the complete process with the participants following along at each step under my guidance. We will only be using basic tools like knives, files and pliers so no special skills are required.


I am looking forward to seeing some FPN'ers there.


Oh - and the details are at: wonderpens.ca


- Salman



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Makes me wish I didn't have to add travel expenses to attend the workshop.


Beautiful work!

“Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today, because if you do it today and like it, you can do again tomorrow!”

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Thank you brgmarketing :-)


Cyber6 - you can carve any shape you want. My plan is to introduce the basics of carving and how to safely use the tools. I can also show people how to do spirals and other shapes if there is interest. It will be fun.


- Salman

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I wish I could attend, but alas like brgmarketing, I think the travel costs might be prohibitive. Unfortunately, the ".ca" is Canada and not California.

Have you thought about doing a WebEx, Skype or Google Hangouts workshop?

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I have thought about doing a google hangout but not for the whole process. I did to a Periscope broadcast where I went through the complete process of carving a simple holder in about an hour and a half. It went quite well so I suppose an online workshop might work.


I could certainly give it a thought and plan it out. The advantage of in-person workshop is that by providing all tools and materials, I know what everyone is working with. Also, it takes any guesswork out of the equation for the participants so it is a win-win. Participants will have to get the tools and wood for an online workshop which might pose problems for some people.


Thank you for the idea InTheory-SF - I will announce it here if things work out.


- Salman

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Another possibility would be to do a video and post it to You-Tube. There are a lot of how-to videos on all sorts of subjects (everything from resaccing a pen to knitting cast-on techniques.

The people would still have to get their own supplies and tools, of course, but it would be better than nothing.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth


ETA: The downside for you would be that you wouldn't get paid. The upside is that you wouldn't have to make sure you had enough tools and kits to go around (having taught hands-on needlework classes, I know what that can entail; the first time I taught people how to make fine netting (as an embroidery ground) I was given a two hour timeslot and limited the class to five people, and I thought -- how am I possibly going to fill two hours? And I very quickly found out that it really did take that long, and one girl didn't completely get it even then...

The downside for the viewers is that they would have to get the tools and supplies on their own (and not be able to price stuff in economies of scale). And that they would not be able to ask you questions. The upside (besides not paying for the class and travel expenses) is that they could watch the video at their leisure -- possibly more than one time.

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Thank you Ruth. I did save the video from my scope thinking I will upload it to YT. It is an hour and a half long and not very good quality so I did not bother with it. I don't mind uploading it but am just not sure people would sit through that long a duration of my ramblings :-)


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