Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Welding at Snow Farm

I just spent an amazing 3Day weekend at a craft school called 
Snow Farm in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Andy's cousin Karen Totman is the Director there, and I've wanted to visit for a very long time.  I took a welding class taught by Alison Safford. I lucked out- a great teacher and a very inspiring group of 4 fellow students.  A huge "thank you" to my in-laws who just knew that a weekend away to craft, and eat, and craft some more, was a perfect Christmas gift to me. A bonus was that my mom came too.  Creative people, beautiful grounds, great food which I neither cooked nor cleaned up, crafting for 12 hours a day, and hangin' with my mom?... pinch me, I'm dreaming.

I hope these picture capture the essence of it all.

 On the first day I turned this...

into this...

 and on the second day I turned this...


                                                                          into this:

While secretly pretending I was Jennifer Beals, in Flashdance.


Alison, my teacher. She braises, she welds, she torches. She makes art.

while his brother Dave made a horse's head...

Pete, from R.I. made an amazing Dragonfly table

...and a horse's rear!

You'll see and hear more about my recycled iron trellis, because I am adding some old glass bottlenecks before I consider it complete.  Stay tuned for some better pictures of it, too.

Oh.  If you are wondering how I kept cool during the weekend's heat, while welding, you'll have to check out my profile picture on Facebook. 

And if you missed the early 80's, you won't get it at all.  Your loss.


  1. Okay. You Are Amazing!!!! I cannot WAIT to see the trellis once it's complete. Your eye, your vision...your shear talent...inspires, amazes and excites me! I'm so lucky to be your friend!!!!
    Oh, and the Facebook photo...I can't make it out...and I did survive the 80's!

  2. AnonymousJune 27, 2012

    I THOUGHT your Profile Pic was Jennifer Beals, but I couldn't make the connection...now I CAN!
    I REALLY enjoyed reading and looking at this, Kate. You ARE somethin'!

  3. AnonymousJune 27, 2012

    How cool Kate?

    I would love to spend a weekend at Snow Farm....

    I don't think I would have had the artistic visions you all had though...my creative mind has been misplaced...under laundry or piles of papers somewhere so for now I will continue to live my creative life through you and your blog :)

    Dawn O

    1. Dawn, you certainly would have had your creative mind awakened there. The surroundings, the teachers, the students and the mood of the place just pulls the creativity right out from under those piles. Miss you.

  4. Very cool projects. I love the old brackets and of course Isabella loved the horse. Thanks for the creative inspiration! Lisa

  5. Your first day project is very remarkable. You brought that fixture back to life; I think you can even sell that! It seems that you have found a new talent, and the great people from Snow Farm helped you discover that. Six months have passed since this day – your skills must have improved tremendously since then!


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