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Carve Your Own Hairpin

Join Justina Kasponyte at Torrisdale Street Studios and make your own original, fantastic, charming hairpin from wood!

Carve Your Own Hairpin

About Carve Your Own Hairpin

Wood is such an amazing material to work with, it lends itself to many objects and applications. I have a background in whittling, carving wooden marionettes, sculptures, and making furniture, and I keep on adding to this list because this material never ceases to amaze. I particularly enjoy utilising wood in daily applications, such as skipping rope handles, benches, and of course accessories!

Today we can pretty much buy anything we want so things made by hands, especially our own hands, become more and more special. This is where the idea for this workshop came from, essentially allowing an everyday object become special.

A hairpin needs to be a tactile and pleasant object and one you can make yourself will add to its value as far as accessories go. When I pick one up that I carved to put into my own hair I feel a certain warmth from it because I made it, with love and care. Wearing it, simply, makes me happy. I know a similar feeling from eating with a spoon that was hand carved or sitting on a stool that was hand made. This is particularly why hand made objects make great presents!

This workshop is open to anyone who would like to work with their hands; absolute beginners as well as experienced carvers are welcome. You are welcome to bring a design or an inspiration for a hairpin, however I will provide some directions for those looking to be inspired :) Once you've decided on a design you will choose the wood, cut out the shape by hand and then proceed to work on it with a carving knife. While whittling requires concentration and safe practice, it is also an immensely pleasurable thing to do.

Towards the end of the day we will sand the finished hairpins, and put some beeswax or mineral oil on them to bring out the grain.

Feel free to bring any tools that you would like to use, however everything you will need will be provided :)

There will be one hour break for lunch at 1pm.

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