It's that time of year - let's hold some workshops for people to make their gifts, rather than buy them. Here's a simple first one: wooden kitchen utensils. As a regular cook, I'm always using standard made-in-China wooden spoons, spatulas, etc. They don't scratch the non-stick, and they seem more organic than my made-in-china plastic ones (and don't melt when I leave them in the wrong place).
So why not make a set? (or 3, and give them away for Christmas/Festivus, etc).
Yes - I know, you can buy a set of like 12 for $9 box at BigBox, but how cool is it to make your own? Plus, using some local woods like Sycamore (great graining) or Osage Orange (VERY durable), and add in some laser cutting customization, and you've got something for that person you can't get anything for.
Class will cover basic wood working: tablesaw, bandsaw, and probably planer. We'll probably use the laser cutter, but this won't be a laser cutter class per se (you should take one of those -they're great, and they have better instructors than me ;).
We're likely to have a second followon class, but for now this is a 1 day class.
I'll bring some local wood (Maple, Osage, Sycamore, Cherry, Walnut), but feel free to bring your own