By Adam R. Couitt ’18
On Thursday, July 7, leading up to the free concert by R&B artists Sonny Knight & The Lakers, the Hopkins Center hosted a “makerspace,” featuring both the Hop’s Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio and the Woodworking Workshop. Though surprise showers brought the event indoors, it certainly didn’t put a damper on the turnout for this activity. Overall, there was a large crowd of Dartmouth students, faculty and Upper Valley community members with their children.
For this event, the Wood Shop brought out shaving horses, and visitors worked under the Wood Shop staff member’s supervision as they provided one-on-one advice on shaving down and shaping wood.
My colleagues and I from the Jewelry Studio set up a button-making station. Making them couldn’t be easier! All you need to start with is a small disc of paper, a little smaller than your palm, and you can get right to work. Each button is as customizable as you can imagine. Many chose to draw and color their very own masterpieces, while others cut out and layered magazine images, favorite quotes, decorative tissue paper, and a few Calvin and Hobbes comic strips tossed in for good measure.
Once your picture is completed, all it takes is two (somewhat strenuous) pulls of a lever on the button making machine and you have your very own wearable artwork to showcase on your shirt or bag!
Throughout this workshop we witnessed buttons being made for every occasion. There were adults making buttons for nieces, nephews and grandchildren. There were buttons for birthday presents, button name tags, get-well-soon buttons, and buttons just for the fun of making buttons. The workshop itself seemed to be a great time for both those who showed up and for those who assisted in running it.
Adam R. Couitt ’18 is from Berkley, MA. When not working in the Hop’s Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio, he sprints and competes in the high jump for Dartmouth’s Track and Field team, and is a pre-med biology major.