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

UPDATE: We are taking steps to modify our Historical Craft Classes scheduled for this year. 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, full refunds will be provided.


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.

October 2020

Fundamentals of Furniture Making (2-Day Class) | October 24 and 25

Register for class on October 24 and 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$60

Preserving the Harvest | October 24

Register for class on October 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn and practice early 19th Century techniques for preserving, food-salting, pickling, jellying, and drying. Historical background included.

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

Working with Wrought Iron | October 24 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 24 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm SOLD OUT

Wrought iron was the traditional metal worked by blacksmiths for centuries. Unfortunately, the metal is no longer manufactured making it hard to find and forge. In this class, students will learn how to work with this rare and somewhat temperamental material. Scrap wrought iron will be reworked and turned into useful objects.

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.

Decorative Floorcloths | October 24 | CANCELED

Sorry, this class has been canceled.

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 instructor on the day of the course)  

Primitive Folk Art Dolls | October 24 | CANCELED

Register for class on October 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sorry, this class has been canceled.

Dating from the early 1800s these dolls have a rough and simple look. Made from cloth, wools, yarns, lace and buttons and very basic stitches to produce an heirloom piece for children of all ages. A small doll will be made in class with ideas and patterns for several more. Lots of examples will be shown for inspiration and by the end of the day, you will be able to create more at home for yourself or gifts. If you have buttons or lace you would like to include bring along and just a pair of scissors is all needed. A complete kit will include wools assorted fabrics, needles, threads and all to complete your heirloom.

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

Penny Rugs with a Twist | October 25 | CANCELED

Register for class on October 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sorry, this class has been canceled.

This workshop will go beyond the traditional penny rug. We will add to our wool applique various other techniques including yarn sewing, knotting, and shirring. Added to the wool fabric will be cottons, silken fabrics, and sewn threads to start your choice of a mantlepiece, table mat, pillow or wall hanging. A complete kit will include all fabrics, threads, needles, and embellishments for your project.

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.

Introduction to Basketmaking | October 25 | CANCELED

Register for class on October 25, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm This class has been canceled. We will be in contact with registered participants about refunds.

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.

This class will focus on making a Shaker Tote. This basket is fitted with tape handles and is deep enough to use when shopping.

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

Advisory:

You may find it helpful to wear an apron, but this is not necessary.

 

Forging Chisels and Punches | October 25 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 25 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm SOLD OUT

One of the best parts of being a blacksmith is having the ability to make your own metalworking tools. This class will cover making a variety of tool steel punches and chisels from forging to heat treating.

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.

Decorative Floorcloths | October 25 | CANCELED

Sorry, this class has been canceled.

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 instructor on the day of the course)  

Yarn Sewing | October 25

Register for class on October 25 from 9:00 am 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:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$10

November 2020

Woodworking for Beginners (2-Night Class) | November 7 and 14

Register for class on November 7 and 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Learn more about basic woodworking tools and techniques in this class for beginners.  Students in this course will develop their woodworking skills and build confidence using basic tools while making a simple bench.

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 | November 28 | CANCELED

Register for class on November 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sorry, this class is canceled.

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.

Decorative Floorcloths | November 28 | CANCELED

Sorry, this class has been canceled.

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 instructor on the day of the course)  

Basic Blacksmithing | November 28

Register for class on November 28, 2020 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

A costumed historian works the bellows in the Blacksmith ShopLearn about the shaping of iron and steel with fire and hammer! Students will learn the basic techniques and operations of blacksmithing.

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.

 

 

Basic Tinsmithing (2-Day class) | November 28 and 29 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on November 28 and 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SOLD OUT

Participants will learn the use of the tools, machines, techniques, and materials of the 19th – century Tinsmith.  Several finished pieces will be produced to take home.

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:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Introduction to Lettercarving in Stone (2-Day Class) | November 28 and 29

Register for class on November 28 and 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

letters carved in stoneStudents with an interest in lettering, 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 letters with techniques used by Roman masons and Colonial American farmers alike. Simple ornamentation will be addressed and, time permitting, attempted.

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.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Coopering (2-Day Class) | November 28 and 29

Register for class on November 28 and 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SOLD OUT

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. Previous woodworking experience is strongly recommended.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$60

Woolen Christmas Ornaments and Garlands | November 29 | CANCELED

Register for class on November 29, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sorry, this class is canceled.

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.

 

Introduction to Basketmaking | November 29

Register for class on November 29, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm This class has been canceled. We will be in contact with registered participants about refunds.

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.

This class will focus on making a twill weave market 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

Advisory:

You may find it helpful to wear an apron, but this is not necessary.

 

Forge a Cooking Trivet | November 29

Register for class on November 29 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.

 

Decorative Floorcloths | November 29 | CANCELED

Sorry, this class has been canceled.

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 instructor on the day of the course)  

Poultry Harvesting | November 29

Register for class on November 29 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.

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$10