Wood craft class set

Woodcraft instructor John Lowther will conduct a CREATE Project Community Woodcraft Program at the Bell Towers Community Room, 10 Ruggles St., Dunkirk.

This autumn you can design, sculpt, hammer and sand: a bird house . . . a fairy cottage . . . driftwood characters and creatures . . . a lap tray . . . a wooden box.

You can learn to make these delightful creations at the Wood Craft classes offered by home renovator, carpenter and artisan John Lowther. The CREATE Project is pleased to offer this series of classes to adults as well as children ages 7 and up at the Bell Towers Community Room, located at 10 Ruggles St., Dunkirk. Classes, which start Wednesday, are free, though donations to the CREATE Project will be gratefully accepted. The program is for anyone who wishes to explore the art of woodcraft, adult or child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Bell Towers site is handicapped accessible. No previous experience is necessary. Persons of all abilities are welcome.

Wood craft is a traditional art form that goes back to the beginnings of civilization, when early humans fashioned found pieces of wood into tools, weapons, utilitarian products, and ritual objects.

Wood craft can involve learning to use traditional materials, tools and skills such as wood, hammers, saws, levels, and screwdrivers, but woodcrafters can also use non traditional materials and methods when making their creations. Papier mache, found objects, textiles and other materials are often incorporated into wood craft creations.

Recently retired, Woodcraft instructor John Lowther worked in construction and carpentry in Buffalo for over a decade before moving to Fredonia in 1990. He continued working in the carpentry field in Fredonia. In 1999, Lowther attended night school for four years to get NYS certification to teach ‘Tech.” He started teaching in various grant funded programs for several years before going to work for a local contractor in 2007. Active in the community, Lowther helped youth build a portable stage for theatrical productions at a local summer art camp several years ago.

The CREATE Project Community Woodcraft Program will be held at the Bell Towers Community Room, 10 Ruggles St., Dunkirk, (handicapped accessible, parking and entrance in the back), led by wood artisan John Lowther. This is a community inclusion program and is open to the public. Community members: $5 (cash) donation per session, paid directly to the instructor or the CREATE Project. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Pre-registration is required. Call 680-0266 before 10:30 am weekdays or anytime Fridays to pre-register.

The time is 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays on the following dates: Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, and Oct. 24.