Grain & Grain: An Introductory Course in the Arts of Bread Making and Wood Carving. Two Day Workshop

WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2014 to Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:00AM - 1:00PM
WHERE: Blithewold Mansion

"Grain & Grain" is a hands-on class focusing on artisan bread making and wooden-spoon carving. Over the course of the two-day workshop, participants will be introduced to the world of baking artisan breads, and in the process make a variety of breads to take home each day. As the bread rises or bakes, students then will delve into learning how to hand carve a one-of-a-kind wooden spoon made from Blithewold hardwood that they can take home. Both are very tactile processes, which can be extremely empowering as students learn to work with their hands and produce something of value.

Instructor: Ashley Look is a Certified Natural Chef from the Nutrition Therapy Institutein Denver, CO. She previously worked aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as the Chief Steward for the Sea Education Association and most recently spent the summer cooking and carving at the Center of Whole Communities in Waitsfield, VT for their Environmental and Social Justice retreat season.

You will finish the class with a good understanding of artisan bread basics as well as a wooden spoon that you personally carve from a block of wood and be able to:

• Mix, shape and bake 4 different artisan breads
• Understand how dough should “feel” and adjust a recipe when necessary
• Score bread in a variety of ways and use a baker’s lame
• Use both a wood worker’s straight knife and curved knife
• Identify and draw the profile, swoop, and bowl of a spoon
• Make their own a spoon blanks for future spoons
• Understand sanding techniques

Two-dayClass: Member $100, Non-member $110
This fee includes the full two-day sessions, plus all materials.
Space is limited so call today at 401-253-2707
Or register online at

Click here to register.

    From Our Blog

  • Cranborne Manor, Dorset, England (Sep 30, '15)
    Blithewold Mansion was built in 1907 on the site of an earlier house which burned in the summer of 1906.  The new house was designed in an English Country Manor style. It has often been said that the west façade of Blithewold is a copy of an English Country Manor in Dorset, England, and there […]
  • Scratch N’ Sniff (Sep 17, '15)
    With Autumn just around the bend, there will be many beautiful sights and sounds.  The rainbow color change of the leaves.  The crunch of fallen foliage under one’s foot.  But right now, I’m leaning into this last week of Summer with every scent I can linger on in the gardens and grounds.  The phrase “Stop and […]
  • The light is changing, but the heat isn’t (Sep 09, '15)
    Hello again gardeners and garden admirers!  It’s Betsy here.  Just wanted to reintroduce myself and say that it’s a pleasure to be updating you on the state of the gardens.     Labor day has come and gone.  How did that happen?  It still feels very much like high summer here at Blithewold.  Gail and […]
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail
List icon Sign up for Our E-Newsletter
Email Newsletters you can trust