BOISE, Idaho — COVID-19 has many of us turning to our phones for entertainment, watching artists work from home on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. Now, some people are finding inspiration, taking up painting or woodworking to alleviate stress.
“Getting [people] out of the house, getting them into another place. They get to turn off their cell phones, they get to not worry about that low level of stress that everyone’s just been under for this last year and come in and do something that’s fun,” said Monte Eldfrick, owner of Woodcraft of Boise.
He says after a year of lock-downs and abundant screen time, people are ready to stretch their legs and their creativity.
“People I believe are desiring community in a different way than maybe they used to.”
Before the pandemic, classes were about 60% full. Now, they’re on a wait-list.