Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, Colchester Co., near Tatamagouche, will host woodworking workshops this summer and fall with renowned Nova Scotia furniture maker Jonathan Otter.
After a successful pilot last year, the museum is offering a variety of workshops that are almost entirely hands-on using hand tools.
“Sutherland Steam Mill is an excellent backdrop to share the experience of furniture making with Nova Scotians who want to explore their creative nature through such a beautiful and functional art form,” said Mr. Otter. “It is a pleasure to teach people new skills to help them work on projects of their own.”
The next workshop is Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can learn to cut and glue through dovetail joints, cut and smooth curves, and finish a small step stool. Students can take their project home when they are done.
“When I visited Sutherland Steam Mill recently, I was delighted to hear Mr. Otter had offered to do these courses,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “It’s a perfect fit for the experience this museum offers visitors and allows participants to learn from an award-winning Nova Scotia artisan.”
Sutherland Steam Mill Museum is located at 3169 Highway 326, Denmark. For details and a complete list of courses go to, http://sutherlandsteammill.novascotia.ca/workshops-jonathan-otter .
For a sample of Mr. Otter’s work, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bK0G4dVI9Y .