There are 86 Hammer & Stain workshops in the U.S., but this is the first one in Delaware.
Hammer & Stain is a DIY workshop. People can create individualized items for their homes using personalized stencils on wooden products, to either stain or paint. Prices range from $40 to $70 depending on the type of workshop and items chosen.
Owner Kelly Kiser has partnered with Revelation Brewery so people can have complimentary beer while they are workshopping. She is also looking for local wineries to partner with so she can serve complimentary wine.
Workshops take about two-and-a-half hours, amongst socializing, drinking and painting. Kiser says her goal is to have one workshop on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. She has local employees who could also host workshops during the week, which means Hammer & Stain could be open up to seven days a week if needed.
Hammer @ Home kits are another way to craft, and have been especially useful during the pandemic, Kiser said. Hammer @ Home kits include everything one would need to create a project at home, as well as instructions on how to do so. Kiser delivers the kits for free and often has people send her pictures of their finalized products.
Other pandemic precautions include signage, masks with the Hammer & Stain logo and plastic aprons. Kiser says about nine people will be allowed in a workshop at once, which will leave plenty of space for socially distanced crafting.
Hammer & Stain is set to open within the next week or two. Once opened, workshops can be booked online at hammerandstainlowerde.com. Kiser will also be available during the weekends for private parties. For information, look for Hammer & Stain Lower Delaware on Facebook and Instagram.