So day two of Handmade was very full on for me. I had four very different classes on.
First up was Cheesemaking. We were advised we were going to make Ricotta and Haloumi. Well we did make Ricotta, but we watched the tutor make Haloumi, which is not quite the same as making it yourself. However is was a good class, I enjoyed learning about the process of making cheeses from home and will definitely make some myself.
The cheesemaking class went slightly over time, so I had to rush to get to my next class. However I needn’t have rushed as the tutor for that class was late (due to his car breaking down).
So the second class of the day was Making a wooden sorter box. The tutor for this was really good, he explained things very well. I was a little disappointed that the box we were making was quite small, when from the pics on the Handmade site we had the impression of something a bit larger, but considering I had to cart my box around with me for the rest of the day it was probably just as well. The box is a simple construction, easy to put together. The tutor did share a few expert tips that you probably wouldn’t pick up from making this from a book. The tutor also shared with us some ideas for using the same pattern and upsizing to make things like a coffee table, bookshelves or a bedside table. So I think this for me was quite a valuable learning experience.
Due to class 2 starting late I had no break for lunch, just a quick jog to my next class.
Third class of the day was Preserving. You might wonder why I took preserving, as I already make jams at home and occasionally chutney too. But I figure you can always learn something. So I picked up some helpful tips, some great recipes, and helped make some Feijoa and Ginger jam (which is way better than my plain stuff), some dukkha and oil and some Lemon and Ginger syrup. Yum.
The last class of the day was Oriental Book binding. For me this class was the biggest disappointment. After the 3rd class I had to stop off at Te Papa to pick up my bags, which made me a few minutes late to the class. The tutor of the class was a bit unwelcoming, but I just felt we didn’t get much out of it really. We made one very simple book, despite the fact the class ended almost 30 minutes before it was scheduled to. We had so much time left it would have been good to learn a more complex method or have the chance to make a second book. Shame really.
So all in all I had a good time. I’m hoping that Handmade will be on again next year, though I won’t try to pack quite as much in, so I will have time for lunch and a bit of window shopping. I was a bit shattered once I got home.
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