Life is busy, but looking to our roots offers some means of relief. “Handwork is important in this day and age, as a counter to the hectic pace of life,” says Jim King, author of “False Graining Techniques.” King, a local ‘fancy painter,’ will teach a class on grain painting at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 18. The class costs $70 for Society members and $80 for nonmembers. All materials are included. Registration is due February 10. Claim your space at this folk art class by calling (717) 393-9745 or online at lmhs.org.
Grain painting is a technique used since the eighteenth century to make woods such as maple, pine, or poplar look like expensive hardwoods. Patterns are applied to wood using foam brushes, corn cobs, and more.