Ongoing, Drop-In Workshops about tools and techniques with natural materials in his Warwick, NY Studio
The Casual Alchemy approach to Making is to balance the use of Head, Heart AND HAND. These workshops are to help you get better with your Hands. Tool use. Expanding the facility with tools, techniques and materials: Drilling, cutting, fitting, glueing, sanding, finishing items medium and small; useful and imaginal? making small chairs, stools, simple tables? You might want to look at some of my books on Making Rustic Furniture..
So far we've worked with Knives and Gouges to carve and Drills and Bits to make a small model mortise and tenon chair.
Next Meeting: Fri, July 30 2-4 pm
August Dates to be determined
$15/hr plus something for extraordinary materials.
All money goes to support that nearby Nature Play area.
At the end of the series, write a check to:
"The Warwick Vlley Community Center, for 3 Pines"
EMAIL ME and let me know what tools and techniques you'd like practice with
PREVIOUS Dan's NOTES
Tuesday, June 8 6-9 pm through Omega
CASUAL ALCHEMY: INTUITIVE MAKING
Calling All Makers! Longtime Omega teacher Daniel Mack
sees Object-Making as Alchemical: ways to help reveal, hold
and release old and emerging versions of our selves.
In this 3-hr Zoom, he shows you around his WonderRoom
studio in Warwick, NY: the tools, materials, work tables, storage
and display areas. He explains more about this “Casual Alchemy” approach.(Thomas Moore calls such objects “Magical Decoys”)
He guides you through a few Making activities based on the
practices of Surrealism, Alchemy and using The Elements
and he invites you to share your objects and thoughts with the
others in our Maker’s Clan. (Some of Dan's Clan)
Take a look at the 13 free booklets on related topics
Collect some of this stuff for Intuitive Making:
5x7 heavy paper or card stock, hammer, knife, candle, matches, soil, a
few band aids, empty jars, shells, feathers, thread, few pencil-size sticks, rubberbands, dental floss, twist ties, pencil, crayons, chalk.