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 OSVCraftClasses@osv.org 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. 

Basic Blacksmithing | CANCELED due to unforeseen repairs to Blacksmith Studio

Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $184 | Non-Member: $220

Learn about the shaping of iron with a forge and hammer! This class will guide you through the fundamentals of forge work. The class will involve a discussion of the equipment needed and how to use it, the correct techniques for shaping metal, and the creation of a couple of projects well suited with the beginner in mind. No experience is necessary.

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, farms, and households.

A costumed historian works the bellows in the Blacksmith Shop

Basket Weaving: Market Basket

Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $184 | Non-Member: $220

Click here to register for class on March 2, 2024

Learn to weave a Market Basket for textile projects or for use in the garden. Students will learn basic weaving techniques 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.

Punched Tin Lantern | SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 2, 2024 (Evening Class, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

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

Hand Tool Woodworking | SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meets at Museum Education Building – Download Map

Member: $184 | $220

Learn more about traditional hand tools and woodworking techniques.  Students will develop their woodworking skills and build confidence using basic tools, while making a wooden box with a sliding lid.

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.

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