It was a proud moment when I read the comments my son, Duncan McDermott Graham, received after solo teaching Art of the Pie® Day Camp workshops last weekend. In fact, I’m so proud of him, that I want to share them with you.
“Oh, what fun! Duncan’s warm welcome to Pie Cottage set the tone for a fun 4 ½ hours gathering. His method of teaching took the stress out of pie making. Duncan’s humor, the relaxed atmosphere, his stories and artful guidance made time passed quickly. Having said our good-byes and securing our warm pies for safe travel, we headed for home. With big smiles on our face and in our heart we talked and giggled about the wonderful 4 ½ hours workshop we had just completed.” —Donna K., Sequim, WA
The first time I watched Duncan teach was at a Pie Camp® a few years ago when he did a full demonstration session on ice cream making. I just about cried seeing what a born teacher he is, and how fun and easy he made the session. During Pie Camp® he has always been my right hand guy. With a smile on his face, he has always been able to anticipate what I will need next in a session. At a multi-day event in Montana last fall, he taught one of the pie making sessions. I became his assistant and quite honestly, as the one who is usually leading the sessions, there was no way that I was up to speed on what he needed next. It was more than humbling (as well as being humorous), for participants (who had been in my class earlier that day) see me try to do as good a job for Duncan, as he had done for me. 🙂
“We had such a wonderful time at Pie Class! The day was so relaxed and fun. Duncan welcomed us with open arms – and scrumptious fresh berry pie (which we soon replicated). Learning and fun blended together. We were all hoping to up our pie baking skills. Sure enough, Duncan sprinkled us with aha moments and words of pie wisdom. He’s learned well from Kate and he’s eager to pass it along. Our good fortune – Happy campers – Thank you so much!”— Char B., Lake Forest Park WA
Duncan is a fourth generation teacher following in the footsteps of his great-grandmother, grandmother, and me. He learned by watching and doing, which I feel is the best way to learn any craft or skill.
“Duncan was fantastic!! His friendly, easy-going nature helped me relax and embrace pie-making. I’ve always been so intimidated by pie. Duncan was enthusiastic, encouraging, and most important of all, he helped me make a pie! I felt successful at the end of class. He was there to check our work and give us feedback, but we got to do it all! I also really liked that we were shown how to make pies with the most basic of ingredients and tools, but we learned about fancier options that we could invest in if we wanted.” —Jeena K., Seattle
If you are thinking about learning about pie making or upping your pie making game, grab one of the spots in the summer and fall sessions at Pie Cottage. I think Duncan is one of the best teachers of the craft of pie making that I know, and I think you will, too.