an Abundance DIY Sustainability Workshop with Wild Field Soap’s Shaun Hundley
Sunday, September 7, 1-4:30pm
Located at Perch Studios at 204 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC.
Soap has been a key element in civilization for over two thousand years. Just think of what your day would be like without soap! And not all soap is made equal. Most soap today is actually detergents, highly processed and dries your skin out. Cold process soap is the method that has been used for over millennia and leaves in that all-important glycerin! In this 3-hour class you will learn how cold process soap making works and get hands on experience as you make your own personalized one pound batch of soap that you get to take home to use or share.
Come join us as we learn the basics of batching the soap as well as a few flourishes like marbling, layering and accent lines. You will get to personalize your soap by a selection of colors, scents and which ever flourishes you like as you pour your own one pound batch. Whether you are a weekend warrior, veteran DIYer, homesteader/farmer or just looking for something fun and new to do, then this class is for you. No special equipment will be needed and all materials are provided. Participants will go home with 3 bars of cold pressed soap, equaling around 1 lb. of soap.
Participants will work with the following oils:
Canola: producers softer soap and stable lather
Coconut: producers harder, white soap with a little less lather
Palm: producers a harder soap with stable lather and a silky feel
Tallow: beef fat with similar properties of palm oil
Combining them with the following scents to make their own soaps:
Participants need to bring a pair of dish gloves, a one and a half pint tupperware container for your mold, and a pair of safety glasses/goggles. Aprons are optional but recommended.
Pre-registration is required. For this workshop, Abundance offers one work/trade position (email us), a student rate, and a regular rate.
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About the instructor:
Shaun Hundley is the sole Soaper for Wild Field Soaps and has been making soap for the past 5 years. He started soaping as a sustainability project in 2008, making small batches a couple of times a year for personal use. In time, his family and friends began asking for his soap for themselves, which they often received in the form of holiday gifts.
In 2013 Shaun had the opportunity to start up a small and informal soap business called Wild Field Soaps. Now living and working on a small homestead ten minutes south of Chapel Hill, Shaun makes soap while deriving inspiration from the wild field he strives to tame each year.