What can be more fun than a stress-free day being creative? That’s what Deepthi Lingam decided when she gave up her private obstetrician/gynecology practice (she’s still working part-time at Beaumont Troy) to open up Hammer & Stain Bloomfield Hills, 43263 Woodward Avenue at Square Lake Road, in the Staples plaza, a do-it-yourself (DIY in the parlance) art studio. Lingam said she grew up in Michigan, and “I’m a mom of two and a physician, and last year I said, I’m going to do it. It’s now or never. Crafting is therapeutic. It’s mindless and helps you destress.” Hammer & Stain invites DIYers – whether grownups or kids – to choose a wood project that they will personalize and then “you paint it and take it home,” Lingham said, with items centered around family, children and pets, among other items. Hammer & Stain offers daytime and evening adult classes and after school and Saturday youth classes, as well as private parties, and summer camp options. On Sundays, she said, crafters can drop in and paint. “We’re also working with local artists and artisans, and will be offering a special workshop a month, such as tie dye and hand lettering for adults,” Lingam said.
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