Granite Carving Workshop & Sculpture Garden Tour (NESA Event)
Jun
29
12:00 PM12:00

Granite Carving Workshop & Sculpture Garden Tour (NESA Event)

  • 30 U.S. 1 Bypass Kittery, ME, 03904 United States (map)
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Thomas Berger will provide a granite carving demo for professional sculptors, organized by the New England Sculptors Association.

Thomas will focus on the step-by-step process of sculpting hard stone — discussing types of granite, handling large stones, and demonstrating various steps in the process of cutting, shaping, and polishing granite as well as how to use necessary tools. Safety aspects connected to granite work will also be discussed.

Lunch snacks will be provided between noon and 1 PM and guests are invited to wander the Sculpture Garden and relax among the flowers, view his sculptures, and observe insects in the pollinator garden.

Sign up through the website of the New England Sculptors Association

Presentation: Working with Granite

Qualities and Types of Granite

  • Qualities of granite and the difficulty of working with granite

  • Various granite types from regional suppliers, their qualities and use

  Tools and Procedures

  • Splitting blocks with feathers and wedges

  • Using hand-held and pneumatic chisels

  • Cutting with diamond blades on hand-held saws

  • Grinding with diamond cup wheels, silicon carbide and diamond bits

  • Polishing with pneumatic tools and by hand

  • Flaming with propane-oxygen torchs

  Handling Large Stones

  • Presentation of my lifting equipment and problems

Safety

  • Dangers of quartz dust

  • Safety with dry cutting / wet cutting / dust filter types / air masks / danger of electrocution


Please RSVP to David Adilman at dadilman@geosyntec.com. Cost is $20 per person, and lunch and beverages will be included. Make sure to let David know if you have any dietary restrictions. Please pay online (https://www.nesculptors.org/contribute) or send your check payable to New England Sculptors Association to Pete Spampinato, 21 Whispering Oaks Rd, Pelham, NH 03076.

If you have goggles and hearing-protection, please bring them with you. Thomas will try to reduce any dust-producing demo.

If you have any questions, please contact David at dadilman@geosyntec.com or Thomas at 207-439-7700.

We look forward to seeing you on June 29! 

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden Tour

The Ecological Landscape Alliance is hosting a native pollinator tour at the Kittery, Maine gardens of award-winning sculptor, landscape designer, nature photographer, and insect specialist Thomas Berger. Come by to get answers to important questions about structuring your home garden to meet the needs of insects, including “Which plants nourish the most species of insects and pollinators?” and “Which kinds of insects need our support most urgently?”

In Thomas’ work as a landscape and garden designer, he has paid particular attention to providing for two groups of insects: caterpillars, which are an incredibly important part of the food chain, and pollinators such as bees, who fulfill the essential function of pollinating both food crops and native plants.

In this tour, Thomas will help the group find samples of major groups of typical garden insects and will provide a demonstration on how to create memorable insect photographs.

Not yet open for registration, please check back soon for details!

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Welcome Millie to Millbrook Meadow!
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Welcome Millie to Millbrook Meadow!

On May 14th, Thomas will be giving a lecture on the creation of Millie - a whale made of Rockport granite - which included a journey from Johnson’s Quarry to her new home in Millbrook Meadow! The lecture will take place at 6 PM at the Shalin Liv Performance Center and tickets are free!

The lecture will be followed by a dinner fundraiser benefitting the Millbrook Meadow Conservancy at 7 PM at Feather and Wedge. Limited seating is available for this three-course dinner paired with a glass of wine or beer. Tickets to the dinner are $150, $75 of which is a tax-deductible donation.

By advance reservation only. Contact MMC member, Aileen Morrissey, at seffeteak@comcast.net or (987) 879-9484.

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. In this presentation, Thomas will discuss nature as a source of artistic inspiration. Admission is free with a recommended donation of $5. However, reservations (which can be made here) are recommended as the event tends to sell out quickly. Doors open at 6 PM and presentations start at 6:30 PM.

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