The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage. The legend has continued to the present, and frequently one sees the pineapple symbol in hotels and restaurants to signal the presence of hospitality.
9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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Come to the workshop and make yourself at home as you carve this symbol of hospitality. In this introductory class you will learn the fundamentals of woodcarving. We will discuss the best woods for carving, grain direction, and how to safely use carving tools. At the end of the day, you will have completed a hand carved pineapple to welcome your friends and family.