In this year’s workshops, you’ll learn a traditional craft from accomplished masters from around the world, then leave at the end of the day with what you’ve made.
Join Best Made Co. for a two-day workshop on axe restoration, maintenance, and use. During day one you will restore and sharpen a vintage axe back to a useable condition, yours to keep. On day two, you’ll learn the basics on using your axe to fell and split timber safely and effectively side-by-side with Best Made. We’ll end day two with a communal campfire and more axe and timber lore.
Brothers Kirk and Chris Bray have been operating the Billykirk leather workshop in Jersey City for over 10 years. They’ll spend the day teaching you the ins and outs of working with leather, its properties and behaviour as a timeless material as you cut, press, stitch, dye and brand your own card wallet.
Alex Whitmore—founder of Taza Chocolate in Somerville, Massachusetts — will reveal the secrets behind making and tasting a great bar of craft chocolate. Beginning with righteously sourced raw cacao, the award-winning master chocolate maker will teach the intricacies of bean selection, the perfect roast, grind and temper—even designing and wrapping the perfect chocolate to take home.
James Freeman, head of San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee, will join us for a full-day workshop on what makes a great cup of coffee. From roasting the beans and tampering espresso, all the way through to understanding the brewing process and refining the perfect brew. You’ll then leave with your own bag of perfectly roasted whole bean coffee and the knowhow on how to prepare it.