I had the privilege and pleasure to take a double workshop from
fellow Orchidian Loren Damewood, goldenknots.com, this past week. I
was able to talk our local arts commission into sponsoring it, and
they did a great job promoting it. We learned how to do knotted fine
silver bracelets in the morning, and knotted fine silver rings in
the afternoon. Only one other participant had worked with metals
before at all; most had never done any kind of jewelry or metal work.
Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. I highly recommend
scheduling one of Loren’s workshops in your area!
He is very flexible to work with; we had signed up for only the
bracelet workshop. Everyone finished around lunch time, and Loren
agreed to stay and give the ring workshop for an extra fee for those
who wished to stay, and five of the ten chose to do that. During the
afternoon class the local paper (which has every now and then had an
editor and staff who could spell, write with correct punctuation and
grammar, and compose a story that makes sense) came and took
photographs and interviewed Loren.
The article came out in this week’s issue (weekly paper). The lead
sentence stated that “Artesian Loren Damewood” had come to give a
workshop. I got a big kick out of envisioning Loren with water
pouring out of his head, as some kind of human walking well (artesian
refers to a type of well; artisan is what I think they were looking
for!). In the same issue, on the front page, they talked about an
upcoming 30 hour workshop for guardian ad Litems (their
capitalization) that would be held on Monday from 1-5 p.m. Neat trick
to compress 30 hours into 4…wonder how they do that?? They are
also raising money to purchase Christmas presents "fore"
disadvantaged children ! Lots of entertainment in the current
issue…providing four entries in the Readers Digest jokes! The
final one being a letter to the editor complaining about a local
driver talking on a cell phone, driving with one hand, crossing two
solid lines and breaking into traffic. The culprit? Our local
driver’s education instructor in the marked driver’s education car!
Gotta love small towns (pop. 5,500; county has maybe 20,000 on a
Happy holidays to all.
Beth in SC