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Woodwork on River Campus: Crisp Museum hosts sword and wandmaking workshop

Friday, October 23, 2020
Sammi Parks (left) and Anna Parks hold their wand and sword after the workshop. These projects took roughly an hour to complete, including cutting and sanding.
Photo by Josh Seabaugh

Harry Potter fans unite! The Crisp Museum hosted a workshop event on Oct. 17, which included creating wands and swords. The projects were handmade completely out of wood. The process took as little as an hour and included measuring, drawing, carving and sanding to create the projects.

The event was hosted by Gary Tyler, Crisp Museum outreach specialist. Tyler was in charge of guiding the participants through creating their wood pieces. This included showing them how to properly measure and cut out the sketched design they put on their wood plank.

“For the sword, you pick out your board first. Then you start drawing on your sword design. Start with the handle, then leave the blade last,” Tyler said.

After instructing the wand and swordmakers on the process, Tyler did the rough cut for them. Participants were able to finish their crafts at home by sanding and painting them. With wands, the process required more time.

“For the wand, you pick out a piece of wood, a little limb. Some people take it all and cut it down. It takes about an hour to make a wand, or it could take three hours,” Tyler said.

The Crisp Museum is hosting the events for the month of October in celebration of Halloween. These events aren’t just for students, but for anyone in the community who wants to participate in these activities.

“It’s Halloween, so we have multiple activities for students and for the public in general,” Tyler said.

Halloween at the Museum takes place Oct. 24 and 25 between 1 and 4 p.m., and on Oct. 31 between 5 and 9 p.m. It will include pumpkin carving, monster doll making and creating creepy paper decorations.