The Magnolia State is celebrated the world over for music and literature, but our crafts are also gaining renown.
Who says you have to travel to Tennessee or North Carolina to learn woodworking, pottery or blacksmithery? We have plenty of experts in our own backyard, who are ready and willing to teach.
That particular chunk of Magnolia is on its way to becoming a bowl.
Woodturner Sammy Long explains, “You never know what’s on the inside of it until you get into the inside of it, and that’s the beauty of it.”
Sammy’s been turning wood for 20 years. His father-in-law gave him the lathe. His wife sprung for a week classes. Sammy was hooked. Later this month, he’ll be teaching a power carving class. You can learn to carve a really good looking leaf, and maybe one day create pieces that will stay in your family for generations.
Sammy admits, “Some of them, if I knew how many hours I had in, I’d probably never do it again.”
Out of the woodwork, you can also visit the blacksmith shop, where it’s always hammer time, or take a spin on the pottery wheel.
Potter Eryn McCarthy explains, “Doing pottery is something that connects us to our roots. Connects us to the Earth. Connects us to something we get to use after it’s done.”
So, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, head over to The Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. Qualified teachers are standing by.
You need to be at least 13 to take part in the Power Carving Class. Go to craftsmensguildofms.org to sign up.
The Power Carving class costs $225 dollars, and your materials are included.