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A trio of Buellton artists who are “keeping the lost arts alive” will hold a collaborative art show and open house where they will offer demonstrations of their craft and skills Saturday, April 14, at 900 McMurray Road.

Edward Jorgensen, Jason Brad Cooper and guest artist Adria Chalfin are hosting the educational event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will feature displays of their recent works and new projects that combine wood, leather and copper.

Calfin creates pure-copper repoussé — hammering relief images into metal from the reverse side —specializing in mandala designs and tribal, boho, Buddhist and zen original art.

Cooper Saddlery is a high-end custom leather shop where Cooper, who has 25 years of experience, specializes in saddles, belts and other leather goods, specialty projects and repairs.

Jorgensen is a woodworking and fine furniture designer with more than 50 years of experience and works in locations around the globe.

“The art of handcrafted furniture is becoming a dying art,” Jorgensen said. “Fine veneers and inlays and parquetry are seldom seen today, as few peple can do it. I have tried to keep the craft going over the years by having classes.

Cooper said the same is true for his craft, and like Jorgensen, he also offers local classes in leather arts.

Jorgensen noted there are other craftspeople living in the Santa Ynez Valley who are skilled at dying arts, including clock makers and fine furniture finishers.

Currently, Jorgensen has two ongoing series of classes.

Senior-Oriented Woodworking Classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays are offered at a “senior rate” and include veneering, construction and finishes.

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In more general woodworking classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, students will learn veneering and finishes as well as light construction and can make their own small projects.

Tools are supplied.

Both series of classes are offered at 900 McMurray Road, Unit 3, in Buellton.

For more information, call 325-3645 or email americanartistryinwood@gmail.com.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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