Issue 38pulse

Board & Brush

WRITTEN BY: JORDAN SEVERNS
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BOARD & BRUSH

SOMETIMES IT CAN FEEL LIKE DOING SOMETHING INTERESTING, CREATIVE, AND CLASSY WITH YOUR FRIENDS IS THE KIND OF THING YOU HAVE TO LEAVE TOWN FOR.

When you think of a beautiful workshop where you can relax after work, flexing your crafting muscles, or discovering a talent you never knew you had, you may not think of the Village One Plaza on Floyd and Roselle in Modesto. And that’s exactly what’s so exciting about the location to Linka Schroeder, an instructor at Board & Brush and owner of the Modesto location, who is happy to give the city an experience they might not have expected to find in their neighborhood.

Board & Brush is a DIY wood sign workshop founded by Julie Selby. Originally, sign crafting was just something she did in her basement as neighborhood holiday party with friends, but within a matter of months it became a business in Hartland, Wisconsin. Now, it’s all over the country, providing fun nights full of wine, self-expression, and creativity to people everywhere.

So how does it work? The three-hour workshops, which range from 65 to 90 dollars depending on what you’re making, start with choosing a project. There are simple square and rectangular signs, multi-board art projects, impressive coat racks, clocks, and more. Each of these comes with a stenciled image or phrase, most of which can be customized, such as by adding your name. Additional bonus signs are only $15, giving you an even more valuable and rewarding experience for just a little more money.

The class starts with the perfect way to unwind: distressing the wood. This involves beating it with a hammer or meat tenderizer for about five minutes to give it a more worn, lived-in look before you begin staining and otherwise beautifying your sign. The workshop requires no experience painting, drilling, or working with wood, although all are important parts of the process! Per its website, part of the mission statement of Board & Brush is to transform its visitors into “DIY masters,” and it does this through verbal instruction from the class’s instructor – the aforementioned Linka Schroder – and direct, hands-on guidance from her assistants. They’ll help you with your brushing technique, color choice, drilling, and sanding.

On top of all of that, the Board & Brush workshop also has a bar! Visitors can order drinks—including wines, beers, Starbucks Frappuccinos, and sodas—that will be delivered to them while they work (drinks not included with entry fee). This only adds to the already fun, social atmosphere of the event, which sees you gathered at one of a handful of tables with your fellow craftsmen, chatting while you work.

The Modesto location has been a huge success for Board & Brush, with nearly all of its four weekly classes selling out consistently. Find out what all the fuss is about by signing up for a class or private event at boardandbrush.com/modesto!

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