Historical Craft Classes collage

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

Times: Most classes are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, but class times vary; See below for specific times

All classes meet in the Museum Education Building

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.

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

Lodging:

Coming from a distance? Stay at the award-winning Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, located adjacent to Old Sturbridge Village! Learn more about the Inn and Lodges here.

October 26, 2019:

Forge a Claw Hammer (2-Day Class: October 26 & 27) - SOLD OUT

October 26 & 27 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm – SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

Forge a Claw HammerThis two-day class will take participants through the entire process of making their own claw hammer. Punching, forging the hammer to shape, heat treating, and mounting it on a handle will all be covered.  PREVIOUS BLACKSMITHING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Instructor:

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

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Advisory:

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

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for October 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

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

 

Coopering (2-Day Class: October 26 & 27) - SOLD OUT

Register for October 26 & 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm – SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

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

Instructor:

Joel Halterman is one of our most experienced Coopers here at OSV. If you have attended our Craft Weekend and seen the barrel firing demonstration, you understand the quality of his work.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$60

Advisory:

Previous woodworking experience is strongly recommended.

19th-Century Baking - Level 2 - SOLD OUT

Register for October 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Try your hand at Baking a variety of 19th Century foods using a brick oven, tin baker, bake kettle and even ashes.

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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Making a Hussif, Housewife, or Workpocket

Register for October 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hussifs or work pocketsUsing fabrics based on textiles used in the Old Sturbridge Village Collection, create an early 19th century version of this beautiful and practical sewing kit that has been used for centuries. Some hand sewing experience is helpful.

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.  Victoria’s talent and skill are beyond her young years.

Fee:

Members:$105; Non-members: $130

Materials Fee:

$5

Shirred Rugs

Register for October 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Reproduce from the collection of a small mat at OSV circa 1820. We will learn to recycle cotton and wool materials using a sewn technique using a five inch shirring needle and heavy thread to manipulate various stitches to sew to a quilted backing to produce our results for a plush canvas. with this technique we will sew flowers and hearts by painting with our wool to make a small mat or cushion. Once you have mastered these simple stitches, you can go on to making a much larger piece and how you could apply these stitches to other projects.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Advisory:

Just bring along a pair of scissors and a kit of materials, threads and needles will be provided for your piece.

Wild Edibles

Register for October 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join instructor Ethan Choiniere on a guided tour of OSV’s country lanes and hillsides in search of New England’s wild edibles plants. Learn basic identification and preparations. This class is suitable for ages 16 and up.

Instructor:

The son of Naturalists, Ethan Choiniere is a lifelong outdoorsman who furthered his training at the Maine Primitive Skills School. He has taught survival skills for nearly 10 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Advisory:

Class is held outdoors so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Also come prepared for a substantial amount of walking over a variety of different terrain.

October 27, 2019:

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

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

 

Introduction to Basket Making - SOLD OUT

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

A woman weaves a basketLearn to weave your own 19th-century style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will be able to go home with a finished basket.

Instructor:

Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years.  She volunteers and interprets this 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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

 

Whitework Embroidery (1/2 Day Class)

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Begin a whitework collar (1820’s -1860’s) style or netting (for netting please bring a small gauge crochet hook).

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.

Fee:

Members:$55; Non-members: $70

Materials Fee:

$15

Standing Wool Rugs

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Standing Wool RugThis workshop is about recycling and repurposing the smallest of wool scraps into folk art rugs. We will use a five inch shirring needle and heavy thread to sew wool strips and manipulate them in various ways to stand them on end to stand alone and make a thick plush rug or mat. We will cover standing wools, center shirring, beaded wools, caterpillar braids, and several other methods to make a sample piece for a table mat, chair seat or to go on to making a larger rug. You will leave with the skills to go on to recycle your worn or unused wool clothing into true heirloom memory rugs.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Yarn Sewing (1/2 Day Class)

Register for October 27 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Begin to stitch a yarn sewn piece suitable for a footstool cover, table mat, or dollhouse 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.

Fee:

Members:$55; Non-members: $70

Materials Fee:

$10

November 30, 2019:

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for November 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

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

 

Basic Blacksmithing - SOLD OUT

November 30 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm – SORRY – This class is SOLD OUT

Learning basic blacksmithing techniquesLearn about the shaping of iron and steel with fire and hammer! Students learn the basic techniques and operations of Blacksmithing by fashioning hooks and nails.

Instructor:

Ethan Choiniere is the lead blacksmith for OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

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

Woolen Christmas Ornaments and Garlands

Register for November 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Woolen Xmas ornamentLearn to recycle worn or unused wool cloth into heirlooms with simple sewn stitches. By adapting techniques from the early 1800’s learn to center shirr wool garlands, with rolled wool beads and sewn wool flowers. We will also make whimsical woolen sheep and lovely woolen ornaments decorated with ribbons and beads to create memory pieces for your tree.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Advisory:

Just bring along a pair of scissors. A complete kit will be supplied of needles, threads, cut wool fabric, and objects for embellishments.

Punch a Tin Lantern (1/2 Day Class) - SOLD OUT

November 30 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – SORRY, this class is SOLD OUT!

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.

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.

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Participants should wear comfortable work clothes that they do not mind ruining.

Make a Wooden Candle Lantern - SOLD OUT

Register for November 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn to make a wooden candle lantern.  Students in this full-day course will make a wooden lantern, inspired by those once used outdoors, in barns and stables, outside inns and taverns, as well as tent camps.

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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$45

December 1, 2019:

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

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

 

Introduction to Basket Making - SOLD OUT

Register for December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

A woman weaves a basketLearn to weave your own 19th-century style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will be able to go home with a finished basket.

Instructor:

Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years.  She volunteers and interprets this 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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

 

Poultry Harvesting (1/2 Day Class)

Register for December 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

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.  Victoria’s talent and skill are beyond her young years.

Fee:

Members:$55; Non-members: $70

Materials Fee:

$10

Forge a Cooking Trivet - SOLD OUT

Register for December 1 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

A hand-made cooking trivetTrivets were an essential part of Village period cookware and came in many forms. In this class, participants will have a chance to make their own trivet. This project is an exercise in welding, riveting, punching, and general forging techniques. PREVIOUS BLACKSMITHING EXPERIENCE SUGGESTED.

Instructor:

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

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

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

Fundamentals of Furniture Making

Register for December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Furniture making toolsLearn more about the fundamental skills and traditional woodworking techniques used in making handcrafted furniture.  Students in this full-day 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.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Wool Crazy Quilt

Register for December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Crazy quilts became popular in the 1800’s and is as much about embroidery and embellishments as it is about quilting itself. In this workshop you will learn to piece together random pieces of wool cloth as they did in colonial times to repurpose materials into something useful. They were further embellished with decorative embroidery stitches and appliqued motifs. We will begin a square that could be finished into a pillow or framed as textile art. You will gain enough skills to make additional squares to create an heirloom quilt.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences, and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Advisory:

Bring along a pair of scissors. A kit will be supplied with wool fabrics, wool yarns to sew with and square of muslin cloth with quilted backing.

Punch a Tin Lantern (1/2 Day Class) - SOLD OUT

Register for December 1 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – SORRY, This class is SOLD OUT!

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.

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.

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Participants should wear comfortable work clothes that they do not mind ruining.