Spring Workshops

Workshops will be held in the warehouse classroom at Community Forklift (4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 – 5 minutes outside NE DC, in the Hyattsville area)


Repurposing Weeds: medicinal and edible plant walk – April 30th, 10am

Presented by Holly Poole- Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals

Ever look at a field of weeds and wonder if there’s more to it than bunch of pesky plants? Join herbalist and botanist Holly Poole-Kavana for a tour of the weeds surrounding Community Forklift’s warehouse and learn how to use the plants you see every day. We will discuss edibility, medicinal uses, and key features to properly identify each plant.

Yard Flamingo Rehab Happy Hour – May 13th, 5:30pm

with Washington Gardener Magazine  

Bring your tired and worn yard flamingos to give them a face-lift and a new lease on life!  Make your flamingo shiny, newborn pink again or give him a goth look or other wild new identity.  We will have paint and stencils as well as wire for re-making missing or damaged legs.  We will sip adult beverages while we wait between paint coats.  There is a $5 materials fee per pair of birds.

Hands-On Masonry – May 14th, 1pm

Presented by Gary Barnhardt of GL Barnhart Construction

Join us for this hands-on experience and learn about masonry wall construction, including disciplinary basics like cement mixing, wall layout and planning, assembly with reinforcement, and finishing touches.  You’ll quickly see how easy it is to build your own landscaping walls at home!  

From Live Edge Plank to a Table Top and More! – June 18th, 1pm

Presented by Marcus Sims of Treincarnation

Learn how to prepare a live edge plank for use as a table, counter top, shelves and more!
Topics Include:
*  Treat your live edge so it looks good
*  Sand the surface in preparation for finishing
*  Basic finishing techniques
*  How to use knots and crack to your artistic advantage


Forklift First Fridays are back,

and better than ever!

Last summer, on the first Friday of each month, we stayed open late to offer lively entertainment – local artists, live music, food trucks, and a pop-up bar.

It was a big hit, so this year, we will be running our Forklift First Friday series from May all the way through December!  This is a kid- and adult-friendly event, so all ages (and friendly, leashed pets) are welcome!  Here’s what’s coming up:

Friday May 6th, 6-8pm

Calamity Row will rock the warehouse with their own unique brand of “Death-Twang”, influenced by everything from Gillian Welch to Motörhead. Local artists Michelle Bailey, Pete Pichaske, and Michelle Elizabeth will offer paintings, photography, & hand-made candles. And don’t miss out on the grub! County Manners food truck will have good ol’ Southern Maryland fair food with a twist, and Town Center Market will offer craft beers & wine at their pop-up bar.

When: First Friday of every month, 6pm-8pm
Where: Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781
Just 5 minutes outside DC, in the Hyattsville area
Cost: Free at attend and open to the public. Feel free to bring cash for food, drinks, and art purchases!

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Coming Up At Tanglewood Works

tanglewoodworkslogoWhere Upcycling and Art Connect
4641 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781  (Just in front of the Community Forklift warehouse)
Phone: 415-595-9839
Hours: Thursday & Friday 11-4, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5

Sue Mondeel of Riverdale Park paints a used table in the workshop at her recently opened (Greg Dohler The Gazette) compressed

Visit Tanglewood Works for their upcoming meetup schedule.

Love painted furniture, but don’t know how to do it?  Pine after the stained glass-look, but can’t afford it?  Sure, online tutorials are a good start, but they often leave a lot of questions unanswered. Tanglewood Works to the rescue!

Tanglewood Works hosts meetups for folks interested in furniture painting, dumpster diving, upcycling and other creative re-use projects. For example, upcoming spring meetups will focus on fiber art and mosaics.

To stay in the loop, sign up for the: