The drive from Washington, D.C., to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, only takes about an hour and a half, a route through historic towns and farmland. I headed there this past Wednesday to teach a class on paper engineering and give an evening lecture on the history of pop-ups.
Although I am not usually an early riser, I managed to get up at 5 am and left in plenty of time to afford me a chance to grab a cup of coffee and scope out the Lowes and the local flea market in Chambersburg before the class began at the Grove Family Library.
I was delighted to find that several of my former students from Charles Town, West Virginia, had enrolled in the class, along with Dona, a new student. We had a great day making pop-ups, trying a few experiments that didn’t work (part of the design process), and creating a whole set of successful models.
In the evening I gave a lecture on the history of paper engineering to a large, enthusiastic group of Chambersburgians, members of the Chambersburg Council for the Arts. We also did a short hands-on session of pop-up construction during intermission. I had a delightful overnight stay with Jim and Anne Barton in nearby Scotland, Pennsylvania, and drove home the next day after loading up with local peaches. I’m just about ready to make the pie now. . . .