LAKE COUNTY — As part of the Discover 4-H! Discover You! program, area youth discovered the skill of wood burning under the direction of guest instructor and local artist, Melissa McLeod.

Wood burning, or pyrography, is the art of decorating wood with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of heated metal tips. Whether seasoned or new to the art, wood burning offers the challenge of creating unique one-of-a-kind designs by varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the tip is applied to the material; all creating different effects.

Youth had the opportunity to learn these techniques as they added distinctive designs to wooden frames.

In 4-H, youth learn by doing hands-on projects that are designed to fit their needs at different ages. Through a variety of projects —from food and forestry to rockets and sewing — 4-H gives children and teens opportunities to learn life skills, to practice them and become confident in their ability to use them in the future. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing 4-H opportunities for youth right here in Lake County starting this summer.

Come see what 4-H can offer by registering youth at (231) 745-2732 for the following free event: Leather Craft.

Learn the fundamental skills needed to start working with leather and apply basic designs through the introduction of leather working techniques, tools and materials. The class is open to youth 7 to 19 years of age. Due to safety concerns, youth 7 to 10 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The class is taught by Melissa McLeod, area artist and owner of BearMesha. Reserve for this class by calling MSU Extension at (231) 745-2732.

The class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 30, at the Baldwin Business Center.

For more information about 4-H, contact Laurie Platte-Breza, 4-H Program Coordinator, at (231) 745-2732 or stop by the MSU Extension Office, located in the Baldwin Business Center at 830 Michigan Avenue, Suite 601, Baldwin. Information can also be obtained at