Historical Craft Classes collage

Classes held throughout the year; See below for dates and class offerings

Times: Class times vary; See below for specific times

All classes meet in the Museum Education Building

PLEASE NOTE: We have taken steps to modify our Historical Craft Classes in light of current COVID-19 related protocals. For the safety of all instructors and participants, we have lowered the capacities of some classes to reduce group sizes. We are also making adjustments to workspaces to meet social distancing requirements. Should we need to cancel any classes for any reason, full refunds will be provided. Visitors are expected to follow any COVID-19 related safety policies in place at the time of the class.


Spend some time at the Village learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Country Bank Museum Education Center. Historical Craft Classes are for adults, ages 18 and up, unless otherwise noted.

All class registrations CLOSE 1 week prior to the event. Register online below, or call 508-347-0290 if you have questions.

July 2021

Punch a Tin Lantern | July 24 (Evening Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for night class on July 24

Punch a Tin LanternPunch your own tin lantern!  You do the hard work, and your instructor will assemble the pieces to make sure it comes out the way you want it.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern the same day. Your lantern will be assembled by our tinsmith after the class. We will notify all participants when their lanterns are done, so that you can pick them up or we will gladly ship them.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

 

August 2021

Intermediate Blacksmithing | August 14, 21, 28, & September 4 , 2021 (4-Night Class)

Register for 4-night class on August 14, 21, 28, & September 4 

Already tried blacksmithing and want to further develop your skills? Our intermediate course will take place over the course of four evenings and will focus on clean forging and various finishing operations to take your smithing to the next level.

Instructor:

David Caruso is one of our newest and most talented smiths in OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

Other Important Information:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

 

Hand-cut Dovetails | August 21 & 28, 2021 (2-Night Class) | CANCELED

Sorry, this class has been canceled

The dovetail joint is a traditional method used by cabinetmakers to join the ends of two boards together.  It is often used in the construction of boxes, drawers and case furniture.

This workshop will cover applications for dovetail joinery, procedures for working safely with hand tools, and time-honored techniques for laying-out and cutting dovetail joints.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

 

Punch a Tin Lantern | August 14, 2021 (Evening Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for night class on August 14

Punch a Tin LanternPunch your own tin lantern!  You do the hard work, and your instructor will assemble the pieces to make sure it comes out the way you want it.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern the same day. Your lantern will be assembled by our tinsmith after the class. We will notify all participants when their lanterns are done, so that you can pick them up or we will gladly ship them.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

 

Beginner Tinsmithing | August 14-15, 2021 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for class on August 14-15

Participants will learn the use of the tools, machines, techniques, and materials of the 19th – century tinsmith.  Projects will include a pail, waiter, sconce, and cup, but others may be included if time allows.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

October 2021

Understanding the Black Metals: Wrought Iron and Steel | October 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2021 (4-Night Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for 4-night class on October 2, 9, 16, & 23

Wrought iron and steel were the traditional “black metals” worked by blacksmiths for centuries. While steel is still very common, wrought iron is hard to come by since it hasn’t been produced commercially since the mid-20th century. The two metals have very different properties and both can be somewhat temperamental in their own ways. In this class, students will forge their own mulling iron from scrap wrought iron and then progress on to forging and heat-treating a variety of tool steel punches and chisels.

Instructor:

Ethan Choiniere is the lead blacksmith for OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop with years of forging experience.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

Other Important Information:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Making a Shaker Oval Box | October 9 & 16 (2-Night Class)

Register for class on October 9 & 16

Learn to make a Shaker oval box.  Students in this two-night course will learn to bend and tack the box bands and shape and fit the tops and bottoms, while making their own oval box.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Punch a Tin Lantern | October 16 (Evening Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for night class on October 16

Punch a Tin LanternPunch your own tin lantern!  You do the hard work, and your instructor will assemble the pieces to make sure it comes out the way you want it.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern the same day. Your lantern will be assembled by our tinsmith after the class. We will notify all participants when their lanterns are done, so that you can pick them up or we will gladly ship them.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

 

Intermediate Tinsmithing | October 23-24, 2021 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 23-24 SOLD OUT

If you have taken our Basic Tinsmithing class and want to take your skills further, this class is exactly what you’re looking for.  Projects will include a pan, and a teapot, but others may be included if time allows.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Fundamentals of Furniture Making | October 23-24, 2021 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Furniture making toolsIn the two-day class, learn more about the fundamental skills and traditional woodworking techniques used in making handcrafted furniture.  Students in this course will develop their woodworking skills, gain practical experience working with classic hand tools, and learn more about the joinery and construction techniques used in traditional furniture making.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and the cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$60

Carving Colonial Gravestone Motifs | October 23-24, 2021 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Colonial GravestoneStudents with an interest in stone carving and/or 18th-century gravestones will learn a bit of historical background about the craft as well as how to do it. With a mallet and chisel, students will try their hand at carving some common colonial gravestone motifs.

Instructor:

Jesse Marsolais’ work in letterpress printing and lettering in stone is informed by the traditional apprenticeships he was able to pursue in each craft, first under John Kristensen at Boston’s Firefly Press, then under Nicholas Benson at The John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island. The careful transmission of classical principles and processes enabled by the master/apprentice relationship is critical to the accurate preservation of traditional crafts. Having benefited immensely from this unique educational experience, he is eager to pay it forward.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Forge a Two-Leaf Compass | October 23, 2021

Register for class on October 23

One of the best parts of being a blacksmith is having the ability to make your own metalworking tools. Measuring tools are particularly useful tools for the smith. This class will cover forging and filing a compass.

Instructor:

David Caruso is one of our newest and most talented smiths in OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

Time:

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Hearth Cooking II | October 23, 2021 | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 23

Pots over the fireAdvanced receipts and techniques of 19th-century hearth cookery including puff pastes and fricassees.

Instructor:

Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years.  She specializes in household crafts and foodways.  Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Time:

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Decorative Floorcloths | October 24, 2021

Register for class on October 24

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 (Payable directly to instructor on the day of the course)

Forge a Rushlight | October 24, 2021

Register for class on October 24

Rushlights are centuries-old lighting devices that burned the pithy core of the rush plant which was soaked in grease. Many not only held a rush, but a candle as well. This class will take students through forging their own rushlight with a candle socket and wood base.

Instructor:

David Caruso is one of our newest and most talented smiths in OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

Time:

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Yarn Sewing | October 24, 2021

Register for class on October 24

Begin to stitch a yarn sewn piece suitable for a footstool cover, table mat, or doll house rug. This practical and decorative technique was commonly used in the 18th and 19th centuries to make hearthrugs, coverlets, and mittens.

Instructor:

Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years.  She specializes in household crafts and foodways.  Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$10

November 2021

Forging Tongs | November 6 & 13, 2021 (2-Night Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for class on November 6 & 13

Every smith needs to know how to make tongs. Participants will learn all the basics and produce their own set of tongs in this two-night course.

Instructor:

Derek Heidemann is the Coordinator of Historic Trades here at OSV and has been practicing traditional methods of blacksmithing since 2001.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Punch a Tin Lantern | November 13, 2021 (Evening Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for night class on November 13

Punch a Tin LanternPunch your own tin lantern!  You do the hard work, and your instructor will assemble the pieces to make sure it comes out the way you want it.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern the same day. Your lantern will be assembled by our tinsmith after the class. We will notify all participants when their lanterns are done, so that you can pick them up or we will gladly ship them.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

 

Advanced Tinsmithing | November 27-28, 2021 (2-Day Class)

Register for class on November 27-28

The tinware made at Old Sturbridge Village is based on original pieces held in the museum’s collections. This advanced class will take students through making their own pattern for a piece of tinware.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Other Important Information:

Previous experience in one of our tinsmithing classes is strongly suggested.

Forging Door Latches | November 27-28, 2021 (2-Day Class)

Register for class on November 27-28

No home of the 18th or early 19th centuries would have been complete without the iron door latches forged by blacksmiths. In this two-day class, students will examine original door latches and learn how to forge the various parts needed to secure a door in the period.

Instructor:

Derek Heidemann is the Coordinator of Historic Trades here at OSV and has been practicing traditional methods of blacksmithing since 2001.

Time:

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Coopering | November 27-28, 2021 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for class on November 27-28

Making a wooden bucket with no nails or glue is quite a trick. Using traditional tools and techniques each participant will make their own coopered container to take home.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and the cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$60

Other Important Information

Previous woodworking experience is strongly recommended.

Decorative Floorcloths | November 28, 2021

Register for class on November 28

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 (Payable directly to instructor on the day of the course)

Poultry Harvesting | November 28, 2021 | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Register for class on November 28

Learn to harvest a chicken from plucking to cleaning and a bit about 19th-century butchering in the process. Each participant will bring home a chicken ready to cook for the holiday season, by the end of the class.

Instructor:

Victoria Haynes is the Coordinator of Households and Historic Foodways here at OSV. She has a degree in illustration, art history, and art education from Montserrat College of Art.

Time:

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$10