Several years ago, Kelly Mehler closed his much-beloved woodworking school in Berea, Ky., to tend to his health and family. A lot of us (former instructors and students) wondered if Kelly would ever open the school’s doors again. Or if it was gone for good.
This week I received a piece of good news. Berea College had acquired the school and is reopening it this summer with Kelly Mehler teaching its first class July 22-27. The school is holding its second class taught by Andy Glenn, who runs Berea College’s woodcraft program.
The school is called The Woodworking School at Pine Croft and is housed in the same building where Kelly ran his school for many years. You can read details about the school and the two new classes at the school’s website.
I’m thrilled that Kelly is returning to teaching and that his school – a warm and welcoming facility – will prosper under the wing of both Berea College and Andy Glenn.
I don’t have any more details. But I’ll report them when I hear them.
— Christopher Schwarz