New Workshops Announced & Photos of Our May Day Camp

When I first started KKDW, I never imagined that it would ever be anything more than just me building furniture in a makeshift shop underneath my porch or in my living room. But today I work out of KKDW HQ, our team of one is now a team of three (plus four doggos between us), and there's so much more going on than just furniture. I never planned to make teaching workshops a big part of our little company, but classes & Day Camps have become one of my favorite things under the proverbial KKDW umbrella. One of our Day Campers explains our camps best:

You show up, learn how to weld, eat & drink topo chicos, get good at welding, then eat again & drink beers.

Sounds about right. I love meeting the folks who come out, I love working with y'all, I love teaching alongside Travis, and I love seeing people rule so hard at making stuff.

That's all to say, we're gonna keep doing these workshops since y'all seem to dig them, too! I hope you can join us for one of our upcoming Day Camps out at KKDW HQ. Our projects for the summer & fall include a coffee table, a welded floral wreath, and a stool. I can't waaaaiiiiiiitttttt!

Here are some photos from our most recent Day Camp at the end of May, where our project was a 5-ft-long bench. As everyone arrived, the sky was overcast and rain was falling, but just as we moved into the shop to get started, the rain stopped and the air stayed cool for us. We ate vegetable chili during our lunch break, and as everyone finished up their benches, Travis pulled our dinner off of the smoker, where it had been cooking all afternoon. The smell of smokey oak logs & bbq mixed with the fresh smell of rain as we cracked open our iced-down beers.

Welding goddess illustration by Eva Claycomb.

Photos of April Welding Day Camp, plus a little lagniappe

Sunday, April 9, we hosted one of our Spring Welding Day Camps. It was an incredible day of welding, bench-making, food-eating (big bowls of veggie chili for lunch, then a spread of stuffed chickens & boudin wraps & beers to end the day). Everyone ruled so hard mastering their own bench projects; this was some serious welding, and I'm happy to report that every single person's bench passed the test: sit down and wiggle your butt around to see if your bench works ;)

My next workshop will be April 30 at the amazing Hotel San Jose where we'll use KKDW shop-made rings to create beautiful floral wreaths. Their courtyard is an idyllic escape, plus flowers plus complimentart mimoasa/coffees? You're set. Join me!

Then, Travis & I will be holding two more Day Camps this season: a full Day Camp on May 20, and a Mini-Camp on June 24.

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Winter Day Camps at KKDW HQ

We feel so lucky to have a space where we can welcome folks who want to learn a new skill. Our shop is a special place to us, and it means the world to be able to share it in a meaningful way.

In January we hosted Day Camp: The Basics of Welding; it was amazing group whose project was building their own stool. We covered everything from equipment and techniques to sourcing steel. My favorite part was probably when everyone went over to our scrap steel pile and picked out a few scrap pieces to practice welding together--it's one of those rites of passage for everyone learning to weld to have some sort of weird steel "art" as they're getting the hang of it. After the work, we settled into a spread of BBQ brisket (that had been smoking since 2 AM that morning) and a keg from our buddies at ABGB.

Then this past weekend, we changed gears just a bit and held Day Camp: Welding & Floral Styling. Everyone cut, rolled, then welded their own chandelier hoop--then I showed everyone how to style it with a bounty of florals. It was an amazing change of pace to be loud and messy, cutting steel and welding, for the first half, and then have an almost meditative second half as everyone styled their own chandelier hoop while Willie Nelson serenaded us on the stereo and the birds chirped outside. Throughout the entire Day Camp, Travis had been smoking chickens on our smoker, and afterwards we all celebrated with BBQ chicken tacos and beers--a perfect day, y'all.

We'll be hosting another workshop this spring, and we'd love to have you out! Classes are capped small and tend to sell out early, so sign up here to hear when registration is open first :)

Our friend Drea and her scorched denim--a testament to the mild danger of welding ;)

Our friend Drea and her scorched denim--a testament to the mild danger of welding ;)