Sage and I spent this past Saturday at a spoon carving gathering hosted by our local folk school.
And while having a one-on-one day with my boy was treat enough, an all day spoon carving workshop together really took things to the next level.
The facilitators were laid back, the other participants were inspiring, and through-and-through we had a fabulous time.
In all we carved for seven hours. Almost without stopping. On the drive home we both realized that it was 5:00 and we hadn't yet had lunch.
It was that good.
We carved until our hands ached, our backs ached, and we were out of bandaids.
We laughed hard, learned new tricks, and stretched ourselves.
Like other folk school classes, the spoon carving gathering was an outstanding way to connect with folks we already know and to meet a couple dozen new and inspiring folks, all while developing new skills.
It was a welcome break in our busy week. A time to pause, learn, and play.
There were a couple of other families from our homeschool coop there as well as adults ranging from their 20's up into their 70's. Men, women, kids – learning together.
And in this room-full of people we carved, we listened, and we talked. About our parents and our kids, our gardens, our reasons for moving here, food preferences, invasive species, farm animals, and of course, spoons.
And over the course of the day this room-full of people moved along the continuum from "strangers" toward "friends". I suppose that is where "community" begins.
On the way home Sage said, "It was easy being with the people at the gathering today. They were our kind of people."
And then he added, "Today was the best day ever."
We drove home that night tired (hungry) and happy. And the next thing I knew, there we were – Sage and I – sitting side by side at the kitchen table, carving.
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There are folk schools all over the country.
Of course I think ours is pretty special, because, well, this is the Driftless. To which I'm rather partial. And the Driftless Folk School is brimming with some of the shining stars or our region – as teachers and students.
For those of you close enough to make it here for a class (yes, it's worth the drive from Minneapolis, Chicago, or Madison), the fine folks at the Driftless Folk School have offered a $60 gift certificate to one lucky reader. To enter your name in a drawing, take a look at their website and leave a comment here of what inspires you on their site.
(If you want to leave a comment but not enter the drawing you are welcome to. I'll double check that the winner is local before I award the gift certificate.)
Not from around here? Ask around about folk schools in your region. You'll be glad you did.
Comments are now closed. The winner is Dorothy Ann who said: