Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get an introductory package at Woodcraft of Downingtown (a $150 total value). The package includes the following:
- One introductory woodturning class (a $65 value)
- One hands-on workshop, in which each student makes a pen, wine stopper, or ice-cream scoop (an $85 value)<p>
Woodcraft of Downingtown’s experienced lumber whisperers introduce students to the art and science of woodturning and help them create handmade utensils. Classes with up to six participants explore the fundamentals of the woodturning lathe, a device used to spin wood until it is too dizzy to escape encroaching blades. Students also learn the functions of tools such as roughing gouges and skews and practice properly sharpening blades. With the basics firmly beneath their belts, pupils decide to create wooden pens, wine stoppers, or scoops to ladle ice cream or dig traffic-free tunnels to work. Newly expert lathe jockeys leave with ideal gifts and showcases of their skills, and the intimate size of the groups allows instructors to work closely and focus on particular areas of interest. Classes last 1.5–2 hours, and will be added to the schedule according to demand.