MEDINA, Minn. – Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide hosted "Make and Take" classes on Saturday, June 10th, in which participants learned new woodworking skills while handcrafting a wooden bow tie – a new twist on a classic Father's Day gift idea.

The class was free of charge, and was offered at four times throughout the day, with start times of 9:30 and 11:30 am as well as 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Techniques used during the class included work on the scroll saw or band saw, as well as hand sanding and finishing with tung oil. Cherry and walnut wood were used to construct the bow ties, in conjunction with inlay bandings and a neck strap with self-adhesive velvet. Each participant left with a completed bow tie.

"With Father's Day fast approaching, we thought this would be a fun way for beginners to get into woodworking while making a gift for dad," said Scott Ekman, Rockler's vice president of marketing. "This class is a unique opportunity to learn basic techniques, get some hands-on experience and meet other people interested in woodworking. By the time the class is over, each attendee will have made a snappy wooden bow tie to show off."

All Rockler stores offered the Wood Bow Tie "Make and Take" classes.

A project pattern and video summary of the project are also available for those who wish to make their own wooden bow tie at home.

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