Personalize your gift giving this year at Wright-Patt’s Consolidated Hobby Complex

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  • By Jim Varhegyi
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Are you in need of some gift ideas and want to add a personal touch to them? The Consolidated Hobby Complex, in Wright-Patt’s Kittyhawk Area, may be just the place you are looking for.

Maybe you have some artwork that would look great on your, or a family member’s wall. The frame shop can help you design the perfect frame, better yet, take one of their framing classes, and add that personal touch.

Do you have a wood project you’ve always wanted to tackle? The wood shop offers classes that will get you up and running. They also offer engraving services and have a host of gift ideas to choose from such as: shadow boxes, flag cases, pen boxes, plaques, etc.

How about giving the gift of basic car care knowledge, or some needed car maintenance. The auto hobby shop offers classes from learning how to change your own oil to how to use the tire balance machine. They also have A.S.E. certified mechanics to help you with all of your car care needs.

A very popular offering at the complex has been the stained glass classes. On Tuesday evenings you can learn everything about the art from: project design, to cutting and grinding glass, to assembly prep, to soldiering skills, to project finishes.

Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a special holiday project themed class. Class participants will be able to choose from a plethora of projects. Maybe making that ornament this year to gift to someone special is something you’d like to do. Or, for the more adventurous, how about tackling a 3-D manger scene, or a 3-D Christmas tree.

“It’s the best therapy ever!” said Rhonda Bade during a recent stained glass class. “I’ve been coming to these classes for three years now, and you can’t buy better therapy than this.” She reflected that she could probably do everything at home, but she really enjoys the social aspect of the classes, and learning new skills from other students in the room.

Laura Rittenhouser and her husband Christopher took one of the stained glass holiday themed classes last year. They are both civilians working for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center where Laura is in contracting and Christopher is a program manager.

“We had such a good time last year that we wanted to come back again this year,” said Laura. “This year we even invited Christopher’s parents [Tom and Theresa Rittenhouser] to join us.”

The family team tackled a host of projects during the class from making Cardinal and candle ornaments to crafting several 3-D Christmas trees.

Jamie Morley, whose day job is the Village of Waynesville Clerk to Council, has been teaching the stained glass classes at the complex for the past 15 years.

“I basically inherited the classes from my dad,” she said. “He taught the classes for about eight years before I took them over. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time while my husband was on active duty working as an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, and it was a great way to have some time away from the home and to meet and work with some talented and motivated people.”

She added that the complex is a great place to come to learn all kinds of new skills. The craft room is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The complex also offers services such as: laser engraving, standard (scratch) engraving, and sublimation for printing onto materials like metal or mugs.

For more information on what the Consolidated Hobby Complex has to offer, or to get signed up for classes, give the staff a call at 257-7025.