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Saturday Afternoon Soapmaking Seminar

Saturday Afternoon Soapmaking Seminar

Saturday Soap Making Seminars

Our Saturday afternoon soap making seminars focus on a different cold process soap making topic each afternoon they are offered.  

The seminars are facilitated from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and are usually scheduled for the first Saturday of each month.

The afternoon topics we've selected address some of the most common questions we get from intermediate and advanced soapmakers, about what you need to transition to the next level of soap production that's right for you. If you've taken a soapmaking class and have made a batch or two on your own, you're ready for these seminars. The format of our afternoons together are flexible to support you wherever you are in your soapmaking journey, and allow significant time for your questions. 

Bring your partner or a friend, and enjoy a day trip or weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. We're located just one hour northeast of Asheville and one hour south of Boone, NC. Put 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 in your GPS for specific directions.

Our maximum number of participants for each Saturday Seminar is limited to six, so be sure to register early for the topics that interest you!

Workshop Schedule and Topics for 2019

May 4: Large Batch Soap Making

June 1: Making Milk Soaps

July 13: Web Order Fulfillment and Shipping

August 3: Wholesale vs Consignment Strategies

September 7: Increasing Your Batch Size, Mold and Market

October 5: Cutting, Drying and Packaging Options

We will be pulling our material from the outlines provided for our various one day or multiple day workshops on these topics, which are available for review here on our site. So we'll be prepared to teach on each topic, presenting information and fielding your questions, and also ready to facilitate discussions based on participants' experiences. We will adapt each Saturday Seminar based on the experience level of those who attend, and what is most helpful to you.

Supplies and Materials

Upon your registration and date selection, we will send you a questionnaire to complete so you can tell us about you, your soapmaking experiences and business ventures so far, and help us understand how we can help you achieve your goals.

You will receive a notebook with written material on each topic we cover, along with supplier information, recipes or resource links relevant to the topic that's addressed that day. 

If you choose any topic that involves active soapmaking, like "Large Batch Soap Making', then you'll want to dress in soap clothes so you can be involved! If our day will focus mainly on business issues or formulation, then you may dress as you choose: casual and comfortable is always best! Consider the season and check the weather forecast before you travel here for class: The Blue Ridge Mountains can get very hot & humid during the Summer, and extremely cold during the Winter months.

Workshop Timeframes

Each Saturday afternoon workshop will start at 1:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at The Soap Shed, Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

About The Facilitators

Tim Tyndall started making cold process soap in 1998, and is a science professor by education and training, having been a science teacher and college administrator for 30 years in chemistry, biology, botany and health sciences. 'Dr.T' has been teaching handmade soapmaking weekend classes and week long classes at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC since 2001.

Karen Wylie created The Soap Shed to sell soap wholesale, consignment, at craft shows, at their retail shops in the mountains and The Outer Banks of North Carolina, as well as from the soapshed.com website. She also coordinates production, quality control and packaging.

In response to requests for soapmaking demonstrations, The Soap Shed opened its doors to the public in 2000. During the Blue Ridge mountain tourist season (May-October), visitors can see soap made and select from 150 varieties in their retail shop.  

Prior to creating The Soap Shed, Tim & Karen were business educators and consultants to clients in the furniture & textile industries. When these industries literally left the USA in the mid 1990s, Tim and Karen reinvented their lives and livelihood by creating The Soap Shed at midlife, at ages 52 & 40, respectively.

Their unusual backgrounds - combined with their first hand experience in creating and running a handmade soap business for 20+ successful years - provide Tim and Karen with unique perspectives on making and selling handmade soap.

How To Register

You can register for this Workshop by putting it in your shopping cart and checking out here on soapshed.com. You may also pay by check or money order in the amount listed below and mailing it to The Soap Shed, 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Please feel free to contact us at 877-404-SOAP or complete our 'Contact Us' form (located on the top right of each page) with any questions you have. And please read our cancellation policy below before signing up.

Where To Stay

A list of private and chain hotels and motels within 20 miles of The Soap Shed will be provided when you register. Asheville and Boone are great towns to stay in, but they are an hour's drive from Spruce Pine.

How to Get to Spruce Pine, North Carolina

We are located in Northwestern North Carolina, tucked up close to the Tennessee state line. We are one hour east of Asheville, one hour south of Boone, 2 hours north of Greenville-Spartanburg SC, and 2 hours northwest of Charlotte.

For anyone flying in, Charlotte-Douglas Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport are larger airports than Asheville, but the Asheville Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes drive from here. Because of the distance, we regret we are unable to offer airport transportation assistance. Car rental from Asheville is usually far less expensive than limousine.

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