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Private Half Day Group Workshop to learn Beginner Soap Making (maximum 6)

Private Half Day Group Workshop to learn Beginner Soap Making (maximum 6)

Schedule a Beginning Soap Making Workshop for your own group

This class is offered privately and scheduled at your convenience year round.

Come visit The Soap Shed and spend the day in person with us.

This half day workshop provides an overview of cold-process soap making geared to beginning soapmakers, whether you are a complete novice or tried a batch or two on your own.

To schedule a group class, you'll need a minimum of three participants (and no more than six participants). Additional participants can be added up to 24 hours prior to the workshop for $75.00 each (see below) up to six participants.

Cold process soap making is the old-fashioned process that combines sodium hydroxide with fats and oils, and creates a soap that cleans with kindness due to the glycerine created and retained in the soap. We do not teach ‘melt and pour’ glycerine soapcrafting or hot process soap in this workshop.

The workshop fee includes a day with Dr.T, a retired science professor who will provide class lecture, demonstration & supervise your soap production over three hours time; lunch, beverages and snacks; all supplies and materials needed for class (oils, butters, lye, fragrances, safety goggles, gloves, aprons, and soap mold to take your soap home) and the Workshop Workbook including classroom lecture notes, helpful online resources, and recommended soap making suppliers.

A tour of Soap Shed production areas, soap molds, drying racks, cutting, packaging, retail customer shop, and shipping areas will be provided.

Workshop Topics

Tim will introduce you to soap making procedures required to make soap from scratch and demonstrate how to make a batch of soap while you assist and watch.

While making this batch he will introduce Basic Soap Chemistry and the necessary Safety Precautions you must take when working with Lye (sodium hydroxide); demonstrate how to measure, weigh, and melt your oils, monitor temperatures and mix your soap batch. Soap molds, liners and other necessary equipment will be shown and used.

You will make your own first batch of soap to take home with you.

This general outline can be modified in many ways to meet your needs. If you'd like to send your ideas to us via email (info at soapshed.com) or speak to us via phone prior to your registering online, feel free to do so. Just fill out our Contact us form, or call us. You'll find a link to our Contact Us form and our 800 number listed in the top right of every page on our website.

Supplies and Materials

We will provide all Supplies and Materials you need for the workshop, including safety goggles, gloves, aprons and molds. Please wear old clothes so if you splatter olive oil or butters on them, you won’t be heartbroken. Long sleeves, full length pants and closed toed shoes protect your skin best from sodium hydroxide (lye) so please wear them.

After receiving safety instructions and guidance about the protective gear you should always wear (safety goggles, etc), you must sign a Liability Waiver for us before being allowed around ‘lye’ and the production area.

And if you don't understand why a liability waiver is needed when visitors are allowed around sodium hydroxide or lye, well, that's one of the reasons you need this workshop before you make soap on your own!

You will receive a notebook with written material on each topic we cover, along with supplier information and recipes to get you started.

Workshop Timeframes

Three hours on our agreed-upon date and time.

Workshop Location

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

About The Facilitators

Tim Tyndall, Ed.D. 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 for fifteen years.

Karen Wylie, M.Ed., Ed.D. was a business consultant for twenty years before creating The Soap Shed in 1998. Karen manages the sale of Soap Shed soap wholesale, via consignment, at craft shows, multiple retail shops in various locations across North Carolina, and from the soapshed.com website. She also coordinates production, inventory, quality control and packaging.

In response to requests for soapmaking demonstrations, The Soap Shed opened its doors to the public in 2000. Located just off Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 331, during the Blue Ridge mountain tourist season (May-October) visitors can see soap made and select from 150 varieties in the Soap Shed's retail shop.

The Soap Shed's current level of production is 60,000 bars annually, or twelve tons of soap. We've grown through many various batch and mold sizes through the years, not to mention websites, suppliers and marketing strategies. We can help you navigate your options at the different stages of growth you find yourself considering.

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 nearly 20 years - provide Tim and Karen with unique perspectives on making and selling handmade soap, and small business start up and growth.

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 required amount and mailing it to The Soap Shed, 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Payment may also be made at The Soap Shed retail shop if you are scheduling onsite.

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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