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 ;)

BIG NEWS: OUR SISTER SHOP, FAMILY

So, we've been working on this idea for a collection of utilitarian items, accessories that fit into all projects for both home and business. Through months of thoughts, prototypes, and finally photos, I am a puddle of melty excitement to announce KKDW's sister shop, FAMILY.

As the compadre of KKDW, Family provides you with beautiful accessories to help you create flexible storage solutions. More designs and pieces will be added regularly, so continue to check back, but to start with, check out our shelf brackets, hooks, and first door handle.

Logo by our very favorite Lauren Dickens. I literally cried when I opened up the logo file for the first time. She's the best, isn't she?

Video below by our exceptionally talented and genius friend, Drea. Give her a follow if you don't already. Video music by KKDW's very own Aaron Ward <3

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Wreath Ring in Action

My friend Leah came over yesterday to play with flowers in the Ranchito Studio. We styled her KKDW Wreath Ring (the 36" in Sea Gray) with blooms she brought and also snips from trees around the studio and down the road. Hung up as a floral chandelier, I can't stand it. This baby just begs to be hung low above a crowded table during a dinner party.

Photos of the final chandelier and process shots in the studio below...

KKDW in New Mexico

We snuck away to New Mexico for a few days to drink beers, eat delicious food, and try to recharge our batteries. I took so many photos of the dogs and us on various hikes, and the scenery in every single one blows me away; I wanted to give the photos life other than buried deep in my phone's photos. I promise the next blog post is on NEW WORK in the shop (so soon), but until then, I hope you don't mind very photogenic dawgs in the mountains...

Our Early Summer Floral Day Camp

Earlier this summer, some friends joined us for a Floral Design Day Camp. As everyone arrived we sipped mimosas and ate strawberry scones & peach galettes from fruit I had picked the day before from a local orchard. Using those colors as our palette inspiration, and we jumped into learning about flowers, starting with care and temperament, and into every step of the design process from the how to properly cut flowers to peppering in wispy chocolate cosmos.

While we were working with flowers, Travis had been cooking ingredients for tacos on the smoker, so we ended the day camp with homemade tacos and cold beers. Take a peek at some of the photos we captured, and sign up for the KKDW newsletter to hear about future workshops!