There was a time when I didn’t know an adze from a hoe in the ground, then I found Drew Langsner. Here was a guy who could make anything from a tree, and explain the process in writing so that even I could understand it. His Green Woodworking book and this article were my guides as I started really sorting out how to carve bowls. If you don’t have his books, you’re missing out.
Although Drew and I had corresponded a bit, I had never met him in person. So I was thrilled to get a chance to talk with him and his wife Louise at a Lie-Nielsen event in Maine a couple years ago. I’m looking forward to catching up again at Greenwood Fest this year, where they will be Guests of Honor.
Today, Drew and Louise sent out this newsletter informing everyone of the “closing down” process for Country Workshops. Included are reminders of the past, news of the present, and thoughts on the future.
There is also some exciting news for the many folks out there seeking the quality tools that Drew has supplied through Country Workshops. Drew provided unique access to only the best quality tools long before they were in the present state of wild demand. Now Kenneth and Angela Kortemeier will be stepping in to supply many of the same tools through their new craft school in Maine. I enjoyed talking a bit with Kenneth in Maine, and he is a great guy. Hopefully, Drew taught him how to sweet-talk Hans Karlsson.
As you can see in the newsletter, Drew is enjoying his new fantastic explorations in art. He and Louise are sure to continue living lives with the same spirit of adventure and curiosity evident in their first book, Handmade, published in 1974. In it they travel through Europe, sharing and documenting the lives, homes, food (check out Louise’s Garden Kitchen blog) and traditions of rural villagers. The Afterword begins with, “Looking back, as well as ahead, we see our year abroad as the beginning of a much longer journey.” That journey continues and has already touched the lives of many, many people — myself included. Here’s to Drew and Louise and their new adventures.