CANTON – Need to weave your seat? Then plan on attending the Splint Seat Workshop at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton, from 7-9 p.m. on two consecutive Wednesdays - April 2 and 9.
Learn how to give that old chair new life with a new bottom. Preregistration for the Splint Seat Workshop is required.
Carl Stickney, instructor for the Splint Seat Workshop, has decades of experience in replacing splint-woven seats and is happy to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for this art. Stickney is a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association and the Stockholm Town Historian.
Participants in the workshop should bring a chair with the old seat removed. The workshop fee is $43 for historical association members and $53 for nonmembers. Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. The splint material for an average size chair is included in the cost of the workshop; additional supplies to bring from home are: scissors, an awl, a paring knife, a few clothespins, a rag, and a small water container.
The Splint Seat Workshop will be held in the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton. To register for the workshop send your name, address, phone number, email and nonrefundable payment to the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, PO Box 8, Canton, NY 13617. For more information, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail email@example.com. Registration is limited and is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is available in back of the SLCHA, next to the main entrance to the museum.
The SLCHA Gift Shop carries books about old-time crafts like Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing, The New Preserves: Pickles, Jams, and Jellies, and How to Build Custom-made Handcrafted Fishing Rods. SLCHA members receive a 10 percent discount on these books and most other items in the gift shop.
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Splint Seat Workshop is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Visit the SLCHAs website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.