Steve murdock & unity forge
Steve Murdock grew up on a farm in Unity, Maine creating with whatever was at hand, but with a special interest in metal.
He left to study Art in upstate New York
where metal soon became his medium of choice. Steve received his Bachelor of
Fine Arts from Ithaca College.
For many years, Steve taught Blacksmithing at Colby College’s Colby-Hume Center in Sidney, Maine for their January Program.
Steve and his wife, Chia, own and operate Unity Forge.
B'anna Federico and Nate Smith have combined their blacksmithing and welding experience to producing large-scale sculpture. They look forward to sharing their down-at-home skills, and exciting wizardry, with Bowsprit youth,
as guest mentors 'from away'.
joe hesse - felted rugs
Jo Hesse makes area rugs and sculptures
using preindustrial felt-making methods
that she learned in Turkey from the UNESCO honored felt-maker, Master Mehmet Girgiç.
Jo's rugs are firmly felted and functional,
ranging from a quarter to half an inch thick.
Jo’s commitment to traditional fabrication
is juxtaposed with a playful, modern style and a raw, decisive approach to composition.
She brings to her craft a precision attained
from years living in the south of Germany,
where she studied textile design, and an aesthetic sense developed at the Freie Hochschule, Stuttgart.
In 2018 she and her father, Kent
Hesse, established The Ram & The Worm, a Northampton MA-based boutique rug brand.
louis pontillo - tai chi
Louis Pontillo holds a B.S. in Professional Health Sciences and an M.S. in Oriental Medicine. He has been teaching mind/body exercises for over thirty years through yoga, qigong, and taijiquan. A certified instructor in QiGong, TaiJiQuan, and Kung Fu, and adjunct faculty at the Downeast School of Massage, Louis also coaches wrestling for kids, K-8, in the RSU3 community, Waldo Co, Maine, where he lives with his wife and four children. Louis sees "the value of teaching young people meditation and mindful exercise. They are tools that too few possess and can be used as a coping mechanism for all kinds of emotional and physical issues that may arise in one's life".
John sherman - woodworker
Pia Walker - potter