Keeping an older artform alive

Published 7:00 am Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Senior Center of South Pearl River County is teaching people new tricks.

Their woodcarving classes have been a big hit for both men and women and are bringing many seniors in this community closer together. 

In today’s lifestyles feature, one participant of the class said the class gives him the opportunity to be close with likeminded people; those who enjoy working and creating with their hands. 

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The senior center is providing a valuable opportunity for our community’s senior citizens to exercise their hands and their creative talents. 

When you walk into the class on Friday mornings, it’s full of busy chatter, hand tools and the sound of sharp metal molding wood. 

Everyone looks happy to be there and share their ideas with one another. 

The director of the class, John Houston said he sees a lot of camaraderie between the students. 

It’s never too late to learn something new, or in Houston’s case, begin teaching an old beloved craft. 

What was originally designed to attract more men to the center has actually brought in quite a few women, some with vast experience and some just starting out. 

It’s great to see even a small portion of our community gather together and revive this uncommon artform. 

Not only is the class a great way to occupy the time after retirement, it’s also a good way to learn something new and maybe earn a little extra money. 

Many of those enrolled in the class sell a portion of their creations. 

It’s great to see the beautiful work that has been coming out of this program for the past six years and hopefully it will continue for the next 60 years.