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Cottonwood’s Bent Hinge offers DIY fun


Serena Lockett, center, stands with her husband, Clayton, and workshop participants March 17. The Locketts opened The Bent Hinge in Cottonwood and offer design workshops on Fridays. Guests craft their own barn wood design project to take home following the workshop.

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Serena Lockett, center, stands with her husband, Clayton, and workshop participants March 17. The Locketts opened The Bent Hinge in Cottonwood and offer design workshops on Fridays. Guests craft their own barn wood design project to take home following the workshop.



— Cottonwood’s latest brick and mortar business combines custom-designed products with fun.

The Bent Hinge recently opened at the corner of Main and King streets. Serena Lockett offers personalized products, such as T-shirts and mugs. And on Friday evenings, Lockett opens her doors for a do-it-yourself workshop.

“You don’t have to be artsy to have your design turn out perfectly,” she said. “The stencils make it very easy.”

Lockett said participants register for the workshops through her Facebook page. A selection of designs is available to choose from and guests create their own unique work of art. Lockett even said participants can duplicate an image found on Pinterest or Etsy.

Each workshop is designed for 12 participants and is open to individuals over the age of 18. However, she will book private workshops for all ages to accommodate participants’ schedules. Lockett also is developing plans for kids’ birthday parties and workshops.

She asks registrants to book the private parties at least two weeks in advance. This allows her ample time to create all the stencils required.

Workshops begin Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and generally last until 9:30. Her workshop March 17 closed at about 10 p.m. and Lockett said it involved more background painting than usual.

Aside from the workshops, Lockett offers personalized vinyl decals for vehicle windows, cups and glasses, T-shirts and stuffed animals. During the holidays, she creates more themed items. Generally, the most popular items have been the barn wood sign painted with a family last name.

The Bent Hinge

COTTONWOOD — The Bent Hinge is located 402 King Street, Suite A, Cottonwood.

Hours: Fridays beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Register online at https://www.facebook.com/TheBentHingeDIYworkshop/

Prices will vary, depending on the size of the item. Lockett said the most common size for workshops has been the 14-inch by 20-inch barn wood, which costs $45. She provides all the supplies and the instruction. Guests bring their own wine or beer.

“And there’s no mess to clean up,” she offered. “It’s something for stay-at-home moms and ladies to get out of the house and not have to go out to a smoky bar.”

Lockett said eventually she plans to open the business from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Friday. She currently is waiting on the finalization of her insurance policy before that evolves.



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