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Forum topic by swirt posted 04-12-2010 08:54 PM 1536 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2010 08:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question spouse class woodworking school

Every so often I get the idea that I’d like to go take a woodworking class for a few days and expand my skills. Then I get to thinking about what is my wife going to do while I’m off at class during the day. (a lot of these classes seem to be in fairly remote locations.) ..and coming up empty headed. So I put the idea on hold and go work on something I can solve.

So today I was visiting Roy’s School site and and daydreaming a bit. ...then I stumbled upon this B&B that is welcoming Galoots and is just down the road from Roy’s School. I noticed on the B&B website that the innkeeper has a diva for the day spa package ….. hmmm my wife gets to be Diva for a day and I get to go to a class???? Could it work?

Any of you ever managed to pull off a vacation where your spouse comes along and has fun while you take a woodworking class? I’m open to suggestions …actually desperately in need of suggestions.

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 09:02 PM

What’s wrong with going by yourself? My wife and I have taken separate vacations. Even better because some of our interests don’t overlap (she’s into nature stuff, and I’m into woodworking and folk music).

For stuff that we both like, we go together.

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 10:26 PM

Separate vacations are an option, I was just hoping for something more clever. (code for separate vacations will lead to a fair amount of imposed guilt)

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 10:34 PM

What are her hobbies? Maybe you could find a class for her. Some of my co-workers go to sewing retrets or scrap-booking workshops.
I would send my husband to a class if it ment I could have a diva-spa day. That might just be better then the workshop…maybe not…but still great.
another idea might be to check with the people running the class. They would likely know the area and have an idea of things that a spouse could do.
if all else fails tell her that the class will help you make her something really cool for her, it might help.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 10:49 PM

I agree with MrsN...a spa day is an awesome trade off for her while you’re in class.

If it was ME, I would personally love to take part in the class, but I know not all wives/girlfriends dig the hobby like I do. Is she crafty at all? Maybe they have a carving or marquetry class that would appeal to her crafty side. Maybe (if $ isn’t too tight) you can plan to spend the night at the B&B where she had her spa day at. After your class and her spa day is over….re-connect there, and spend some romantic quality time together…make a nice weekend out of it. She’ll love that!

I know alot of couples DO take seperate vacations, but that just seems sad to me for whatever reason. I personally wouldn’t consider it a vacation unless my favorite person is right there with me, spending time together. If I wanted to spend time alone, I would chose to stay single. That’s just how I look at it : )

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 12:51 AM

You might check out Appalachian Center for the Craft’s link below. I’ve taken a couple of classes there, making a flintlock rifle and forging a knife blade, and enjoyed them immensely. The have classes in several craft areas when I was there one time a guy taking a class with me had his wife taking another class at the same time I believe hers was basket making.

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 01:50 AM

I know that Marc Adams school of woodworking offers couples classes in a couple of areas. Also there is a school in Estes Park Colorado that offers several different classes at a time. Like it was mentioned before, maybe you both could find a class that you like at the same time.

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 03:25 AM

My wife, MickeyD, is at Kelly Mehler’s school right now and I am trying to figure out how to light the stove… Anyone know how to cook pork n beans? ; )

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#8 posted 04-13-2010 03:31 AM

Jenn ‘wood’ be right there in class with me, but the spa idea sounds like a good one.

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 03:48 AM

Why not get her in to the class?I’m sure Debi wouldn’t be all that crazy about it at first, but I bet if I could get her started, I would have trouble getting shop time for ME….

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#10 posted 04-13-2010 04:39 AM

Thanks for all the replies. My wife’s not all that crafty … clever, but not into a craft. Her ideal vacation is to sit on the beach …. That’s fun for me too, but after a few hours of that, my mind starts racing and I need to find something to do. I like the idea of the adjoining classes, but its just not her…she’s down to earth and all, but its just not her idea of relaxation or fun. I think the spa day is my best shot at it…. unless i could find a place that offers guitar lessons….hmmmm

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#11 posted 04-13-2010 04:57 AM

My wife and I often do this, although not so I can attend a woodworking class. I play golf and often travel to play in tournaments or just to check out a new course. My wife goes with me, drops me off at the course and then goes to a local spa, new mall (always a favorite), or antiquing. My wife is also a beach lover and I try to go where there’s a beach nearby as much as possible (beach doesn’t cost NEARLY as much as the mall :) ).

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#12 posted 04-13-2010 06:31 AM

That’s considerate of you to think of her interests while you go to the wood working classes. As for my husband and I, we’d be both attending if he could get away from work. I took over his wood workshop so now I order the tools.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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