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

Cost: Class prices are based on class length ($30/hour) plus a $40 materials fee. Members receive 20% off the base class price but do not receive a discount on materials.

Classes meet in the Museum Education Building unless otherwise noted.

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 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 email [email protected] if you have questions.

PLEASE NOTE:  All classes require at least 4 participants in order to run. If a class does not have 4 registrants the class will be canceled and all participants will receive a full refund.

New classes are being added throughout the year! Check back at a later date for new additions. 

Punched Tin Lantern

Sign Up for Saturday, May 4, 2024 (Evening Class, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) | SOLD OUT

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $112 | Non-Member: $130

Punch 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: Richard Eckert is the Head Tinsmith at Old Sturbridge Village. He began working in the Tin Shop in 2011 taking over the various workshops offered in 2015. Prior to this, he worked within the sheet metal industry, working with various metals including steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and galvanized steel.

punched tin lantern

Woodworking: Parent & Child Workshop

Sign up for Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sign up for Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $88 | Non-Member: $100

With the help of a parent, young builders will be introduced to basic skills essential to working safely with hand tools. Join us and have some fun making a classic wooden toolbox.

Instructor: Christopher Nassise is the Historic Trades Coordinator at Old Sturbridge Village.  He is a graduate of the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and the artisan owner of The Green Woodshop in Easton, Massachusetts.

Basket Weaving: Shaker Basket

Sign Up for Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $184 | Non-Member: $220

Learn to weave your own 19th-century-style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials used in the process and will go home with a finished basket.

Instructor: Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for over thirty-five years. She volunteers and interprets the basket weaving craft and its history at Old Sturbridge Village. She works with traditional materials, black ash, and reed to create New England and Nantucket woven vessels.

Ancient Technologies: Friction Fire

Sign Up for Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $184 | $220

Learn about fire making techniques used by ancient humans. Increase your confidence and skill in using fire as a heat source, tool, and friend. Make a proper tinder bundle that will work with any ignition source. Carve a bow drill and practice making a coal. Learn other friction techniques like hand drill, strap drill, fire plough, flint steel and char cloth or the fire roll. We will then learn to light the bundle.

Instructor: Ethan Choiniere has trained as a blacksmith since 2009. He currently helps run the blacksmith shop at Old Sturbridge Village and runs his own private shop. He has experience with forging historically made tools for trades, farm, and households.

Farmhouse Breakfast

Sign Up for Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $184 | $220

A 19th-century breakfast provided the fuel needed for a busy day on a farm.  Prepare and sample a variety of dishes that comprise this morning’s feast!  Hearth cooking techniques include boiling, baking, frying, and grilling.

Instructor: Linda Oakley joined OSV as a historic interpreter over 40 years ago.  She has worked in household, garden, textile, craft, music, and Museum Education programs, including stints as a Sewing Trainer and Lead Interpreter for Sewing.  Linda has been teaching Historic Craft classes for many years and tested recipes for the first edition of the Old Sturbridge Village cookbook.

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