January 5, 2011

Happy (Belated) Holidays

The holidays brought with them a bustle of activity and changes for the new year. Just before school let out the shop elves (aka the students) spent a few hours cleaning the place from floor to ceiling to get it ready for the holiday party. We baked a feast and then spent the evening around good food, good drink, good company and a few good hands of poker. We also exchanged secret santa gifts. The limit for the gifts was either $5 or 40 hours of work. I'm not sure I like what that says about the value of our time.... Most people opted to make something, and I was utterly impressed with the creativity, thoughtfulness and workmanship of the gifts. I also like that most everything was made by hand. It somehow made the gift more special and meaningful. 

Our Christmas tree was a redwood sapling that sprouts from the same trunk every year. It lives on one of our instructor's property, and he recuts the sapling each year. 

The end of the year brought good-byes to our fellow classmate and friend, Niklas, who is going back to Sweden, and one of our instructors, Greg, who only teaches in the fall semester. We'll miss them both, but in their places we welcome two additions to the next half of the year--our classmate Lymond and instructor Ejler.

Now it's on to the hard work of finishing our projects and preparing for the mid-winter show, which is less than a month away!

Photo by David Welter

Photo by Dechen

Photo by Dechen

Photo by Dechen

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