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Visitors invited to ‘Explore the Crafts’ at Sauder Village PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:50 PM

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ARCHBOLD – Guests of all ages will be invited to explore their creativity during the annual “Explore the Crafts” event at Sauder Village. On Saturday guests will be encouraged to try their hand at woodworking, blacksmithing, drawing, broom making, weaving and much more.

Visitors may want to try making wooden tops, mini ornamental brooms, felt balls, wool butterflies and tussie mussies. Some of the other hands-on activities planned for this event include assembling a wooden bucket, rug hooking, sewing a broom, printing, weaving and lace making. Guests can also make a cordage bracelet or cattail duck at Natives and Newcomers, participate in drawing activities, print cards in the Print Shop and make a God’s eye ornament in the Basket Shop. Guests over the age of 16 can help makes staves for a wooden bucket and even make a hook in the Blacksmith Shop (additional fee).

Again this year, guests can register for the opportunity to make a glass ornament, flower, pumpkin or tumbler with the assistance of resident artist Mark Matthews and guest artist, Chad Balster. Pre-registration is required for the opportunity to learn the techniques needed to create this special glass piece. This one-hour, hands-on class is available to anyone ages 10 and over and the cost is $45 ($40 for members) and includes supplies. Glass projects are not complete until the objects have gone through the annealing process, but the finished objects will be sent to the maker after the event. For more details or to register for this opportunity, call (800) 590-9755 or visit



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