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

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 2 weeks prior to the event. Register online below, or call 508-347-0274 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 cancelled and all participants will receive a full refund.

Click the class titles below to see more information and to register. 

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Blacksmithing Classes

Blacksmithing for Beginners | April 2, 9, & 16, 2022 (3-Night Class) | SOLD OUT

SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

A costumed historian works the bellows in the Blacksmith ShopLearn about the shaping of iron with forge and hammer! This class will guide you through the fundamentals of forge work. The class will involve discussion of The equipment needed and how to use it, 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 is the coordinator of historic trades at the museum and has been involved in OSV’s blacksmith program for 8 years.

Time:

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

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

Forging Farm Tools: Grub Hoe | April 30 - May 1, 2022 (2-Day Class) |

Register for class on April 30 and May 1, 2022 here

Good hand tools are the backbone of any farmer’s work. Come learn how to make some farming tools to add a personal touch to your tool shed. This year we will be making a grub hoe. This is a larger hoe great for chopping small roots and doing heavier work. Examine some historic examples and then forge your own. This class is best suited to people with some blacksmith experience.

Instructor:

Ethan Choiniere is the coordinator of historic trades at the museum and has been involved in OSV’s blacksmith program for 8 years.

Time:

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$30

Other Important Information:

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

Blacksmithing for Beginners | May 7, 14, and 21, 2022 (3-Night Class) | SOLD OUT

SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

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

Instructor:

David Caruso began blacksmithing at 17 years old. He has been working for years in OSV’s blacksmithing program. He has made all kinds of ironware from kitchen and sewing equipment to woodworking and farm tools

Time:

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

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

Tong Making | June 18-19, 2022 (2-Day Class)

Register for class on June 18-19 here

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. Previous blacksmith experience recommended.

Instructor:

David Caruso began blacksmithing at 17 years old. He has been working for years in OSV’s blacksmithing program. He has made all kinds of ironware from kitchen and sewing equipment to woodworking and farm tools

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

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

Blacksmithing for Beginners | July 9, 16, and 23, 2022 (3-Night Class) | SOLD OUT

SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

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

Instructor:

David Caruso began blacksmithing at 17 years old. He has been working for years in OSV’s blacksmithing program. He has made all kinds of ironware from kitchen and sewing equipment to woodworking and farm tools

Time:

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

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

Forging Woodworking Tools | October 22, 2022

Click here to register for class on October 22, 2022

In this class, we will explore how to forge a variety of hand tools for your workbench. This class will focus on quick deploying bench clamps, known as holdfasts. We will examine historic holdfasts and learn several techniques for forging some for your home workshop.

Instructor:

Ethan Choiniere is the coordinator of historic trades at the museum and has been involved in OSV’s blacksmith program for 8 years.

Time:

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$20

Other Important Information:

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

Forge a Cooking Trivet | October 23, | SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 23, 2022 here Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT!

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:

David Caruso began blacksmithing at 17 years old. He has been working for years in OSV’s blacksmithing program. He has made all kinds of iron ware from kitchen and sewing equipment to woodworking and farm tools.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

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

 

Working with Wrought Iron and Steel | November 5, 12, 19, and 26 (4-Night Class)

Register for 4-Night Class taking place November 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022

Wrought iron was a unique and traditional metal worked by historic smiths. Unfortunately, this metal isn’t manufactured making it hard to find and forge. In this class, students will learn various techniques and the history of this interesting metal. This class will instruct the student how to make a nail header using scrap iron and tool steel. This is an intermediate course and is best suited to people with some blacksmith experience.

Instructor:

Ethan Choiniere is the coordinator of historic trades at the museum and has been involved in OSV’s blacksmith program for 8 years.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$25

Other Important Information:

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

Forging Hinges | November 19-20, 2022 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

Strap Hinges are an iconic form of hinge that can be seen throughout Old Sturbridge Village. This 2-day class will take participants through the process of forging a small set of strap hinges with wrapped eyes and decorative finials. We will also forge the hooks and fasteners to mount them. The class will begin with a look at artifact hinges and hooks from the OSV Museum Collections to gain a better understanding of their construction and provide inspiration for the class.

Instructor:

Derek Heidemann began blacksmithing at OSV in 2001 and has taught blacksmithing classes for over a decade.

Time:

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$20

Other Important Information:

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

Bookbinding Classes

Classic Bookbinding: Beginner's Hard Cover Intensive | May 14 & 21, 2022 (2-Night Class)

Register for class on May 14 & 21, 2022 here

Participants in this class will learn the background and how-tos of handmade case binding using antique methods with modern strategies. Simple folding, stitching, gluing, painting, and layering techniques when done in a guided sequence will produce a beautiful and lasting bound volume. To create a vintage look we will even produce faux leather covers and marbleized endpapers reflecting historical samples. No prior bookbinding experience is needed.

Instructor:

Joan Muller has been a Museum Educator at Old Sturbridge Village for four years after retiring as an Art and Gifted Teacher in CT. She received her BFA from the Hartford Art School and her Masters’ equivalent from Rhode Island School of Design and the U. of New Hampshire where she focused on illustration, book arts and visual literacy.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$48

Classic Bookbinding: Beginner's Hard Cover Intensive | June 11 & 18 2022 (2-Night Class)

Register for class on June 11 & 18, 2022 here

Participants in this class will learn the background and how-tos of handmade case binding using antique methods with modern strategies. Simple folding, stitching, gluing, painting, and layering techniques when done in a guided sequence will produce a beautiful and lasting bound volume. To create a vintage look we will even produce faux leather covers and marbleized endpapers reflecting historical samples. No prior bookbinding experience is needed.

Instructor:

Joan Muller has been a Museum Educator at Old Sturbridge Village for four years after retiring as an Art and Gifted Teacher in CT. She received her BFA from the Hartford Art School and her Masters’ equivalent from Rhode Island School of Design and the U. of New Hampshire where she focused on illustration, book arts and visual literacy.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$48

Introduction to Book Binding: Learn the Secret Belgian Binding Method | July 16 & 23, 2022 (2-Night Class)

Register for class on July 16 & 23, 2022 here

Participants in this class will learn the basics of book arts, through marbling paper, cutting out covers and spines, and finally using the Secret Belgian Binding method to stitch together a book of their own. The Secret Belgian Binding method uses tension to hold the spine in place between the covers allowing the bookbinders stitch work to be on display. This is a great beginner-friendly bookbinding method that focuses on sewing with no previous binding experience needed.

Instructor:

Rebecca Nystrom is the Museum Education Assistant here at Old Sturbridge Village. She learned the art of bookbinding and flintknapping while attending Franklin Pierce University for her undergraduate degree in Anthropology.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$48

Introduction to Book Binding: Learn the Secret Belgian Binding Method | October 1 & 8, 2022 (2-Night Class)

Register for class on October 1 & 8, 2022 here

Participants in this class will learn the basics of book arts, through marbling paper, cutting out covers and spines, and finally using the Secret Belgian Binding method to stitch together a book of their own. The Secret Belgian Binding method uses tension to hold the spine in place between the covers allowing the bookbinders stitch work to be on display. This is a great beginner-friendly bookbinding method that focuses on sewing with no previous binding experience needed.

Instructor:

Rebecca Nystrom is the Museum Education Assistant here at Old Sturbridge Village. She learned the art of bookbinding and flintknapping while attending Franklin Pierce University for her undergraduate degree in Anthropology.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$48

Foodways Classes

Farmhouse Breakfast | April 30, 2022

Click here to register for class on April 30, 2022

Pots over the fireCreate the breakfast that gave our forebears the energy for a long morning’s work. Baking, frying, boiling, grilling, toasting, and more!

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:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

Bring 100% cotton or linen aprons if desired, no sandals or shorts please!

Introduction to 19th-Century Baking Techniques | May 1, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on May 1, 2022 here Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT!

Try your hand at baking a variety of 19th-century foods using a brick oven, tin baker, and bake kettle.

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:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

 

Poultry Harvesting | November 27, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT!

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:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$10

 

 

Textile Classes

A Favorite Cap for Ladies

Register for class on April 30, 2022

This one-day class explores the fashions for woman’s caps in the 1830s and how to make them using the hand-sewing techniques of the early 19th century. Caps of linen and fine cotton were a necessary part of a woman’s attire and often made at home, but that didn’t mean they had to be boring. Students will have the opportunity to try on caps copied from originals in the OSV collection, and select one to sew for themselves following instructions shared by seamstresses from the past.  Prior sewing knowledge or skills are not necessary but must have some fine motor control with a needle & thread and the ability to use scissors. IMPORTANT: This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Carrie Midura is the Coordinator Historical Clothing at OSV and has been researching and reproducing historic costumes since 1992, with a primary focus on 18th- and early 19th-century methods and styles since 1999. She places a great deal of importance on period construction techniques and close attention to detail. On and off the clock, she is passionate about sewing clothing to help costumed individuals share stories based on local history while teaching others to do the same.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Yarn Sewing | October 22, 2022

Register for class on October 22, 2022 here

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:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Other Important Information:

All materials are provided. Beginners are welcome.

 

Care of Textiles | November 19, 2022

Register for class on November 19, 2022 here

The focus of this workshop will be basic storage principles for antique textiles (both flat and three-dimensional).  Participants will learn about how OSV stores its textile collections, some of the advantages and disadvantages to various storage techniques, and storage material options, and some display practices.  We will practice with some objects like quilts and gowns, and will discuss making small mounts and forms.  Participants will have the opportunity to make their own padded hangers during the class. IMPORTANT: This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Rebecca Beall is Collections Manager & Curator of Textiles at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$10

Other Important Information:

Please bring your own wooden hangers

Sewing Cloaks and Capes | November 19-20, 2022 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is sold out

Students in this two-day class will pattern, cut, and sew their own wool cloak, using 1830s tailoring manuals and examples from the OSV collection as teaching tools. Made from dense wool, these essential winter garments are styled for both men or women and are just as fashionable today as they were in the 19th century. Prior sewing knowledge or skills are not necessary but must have some fine motor control with a needle & thread and the ability to use scissors. IMPORTANT: Students will need to supply their own materials! See below for details. This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Carrie Midura is the Coordinator Historical Clothing at OSV and has been researching and reproducing historic costumes since 1992, with a primary focus on 18th- and early 19th-century methods and styles since 1999. She places a great deal of importance on period construction techniques and close attention to detail. On and off the clock, she is passionate about sewing clothing to help costumed individuals share stories based on local history while teaching others to do the same.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Other Important Information:

Students must provide their own materials:

Tin Classes

Punched Tin Lantern | March 12, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Punched Tin Lantern | April 9, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Beginner Tin | June 18, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on June 18, 2022 here

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT!

Students will work on simple projects including a grater and 1 sheet waiter. Learning how to draft a pattern, cut out each piece, and assemble. Each item will teach different skills using only 19th-century tools and technics. IMPORTANT: This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Richard Eckert is the Head Tinsmith at Old Sturbridge Village. He began working in the Tin Shop in 2011 with 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.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$40

Punched Tin Lantern | July 30, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Punched Tin Lantern | August 13, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Punched Tin Lantern | September 24, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Punched Tin Lantern | October 15, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Making a Mid-19-Century Tin Camp Kettle and Ladle | October 22, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT!

During the 19th century Kettles were a staple for many whether traveling often, in the army, or moving west. This class will walk you through making a 2-quart kettle and Ladle to use. IMPORTANT: This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Richard Eckert is the Head Tinsmith at Old Sturbridge Village. He began working in the Tin Shop in 2011 with 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.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$55

 

Punched Tin Lantern | November 12, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on November 12, 2022 here

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Punched Tin Lantern | November 19, 2022 | SOLD OUT

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.  NOTE: You will not have your completed lantern on 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 with 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.

Time:

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$35

Woodworking Classes

Woodworking for Beginners | April 30, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on April 30, 2022 here

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Learn more about basic woodworking tools and techniques in this class for beginners. Students in this full-day 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, and is currently, the Master Cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$40

 

Shaker Oval Box Making | May 1, 2022 | SOLD OUT

SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

Learn to make a bentwood, Shaker oval box. Students in this full-day course will learn to bend and tack the box band and shape and fit the top and bottom boards, 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, and is currently, the Master Cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$30

 

Fundamentals of Furniture Making | June 18-19, 2022 (2-Day Class) |

Click here to register for class on June 18th and 19th, 2022

Furniture making toolsLearn more about the fundamental skills and traditional woodworking techniques used in making handcrafted furniture. Students in this two-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, and is currently, the Master Cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$40

 

Traditional Candle Box | October 22, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 22, 2022 here

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT!

Candle boxes were used in early New England households to protect candles. In this one day class, you will make your own traditional pine candle box, with rabbeted and nailed corner joints, a beveled bottom, and a sliding lid with a carved finger pull.

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 is currently, the Master Cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$30

 

Wooden Candle Lantern | October 23, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Register for class on October 23, 2022 here

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Wooden candle lanterns were used to light early New England households. In this one day class, you will make your own candle lantern. Made of pine, with four glass panes, a metal wind baffle, and a sliding candle holder

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 is currently, the Master Cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$40

Coopering | November 19-20, 2022 (2-Day Class) | SOLD OUT

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 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 is currently, the Master Cabinetmaker at Old Sturbridge Village

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$225.50 members; $275.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$60

Miscellaneous Classes

Flintknapping | April 30, 2022 | SOLD OUT

SORRY – This Class is SOLD OUT

Flintknapping is the process of making flaked or chipped stone tools. This method of tool-making was used in prehistoric times to make spear points, knives, arrowheads, scrapers, and many other tools. Participants will learn proper flint knapping techniques and safety procedures and try their hand at making the world’s oldest tools. Participants will take home a flintknapping starter kit in addition to any tools they make.

Instructor:

Rebecca Nystrom is the Museum Education Assistant here at Old Sturbridge Village. She learned the art of bookbinding and flintknapping while attending Franklin Pierce University for her undergraduate degree in Anthropology.

Time:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$37

Other Important Information:

Wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and clothes you don’t mind ruining

Basket Weaving (Two-Pie Basket) | April 30, 2022 | SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Learn 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.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$25

 

 

 

Tuning Your Hand Tools | May 1, 2022

Register for class on May 1, 2022 here

This half-day workshop will begin with a look at some woodworking and other tools in the Old Sturbridge Village collection.  We will then focus on how to sharpen edged tools, as well as discuss a few tips on how to adjust, recondition, and maintain planes, chisels, axes, and saws.  Bring a dull knife, plane iron, axe or chisel if you have one! IMPORTANT: This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Tom Kelleher has been using and maintaining edged tools, starting with a pocketknife, since he was 5 years old.  He has worked at Old Sturbridge Village since 1984  in a variety of positions, where he continues to do so.

Time:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

 

Flint Knapping | June 18, 2022

Register for class on June 18, 2022 here

Flintknapping is the process of making flaked or chipped stone tools. This method of tool-making was used in prehistoric times to make spear points, knives, arrowheads, scrapers, and many other tools. Participants will learn proper flint knapping techniques and safety procedures and try their hand at making the world’s oldest tools. Participants will take home a flintknapping starter kit in addition to any tools they make.

Instructor:

Rebecca Nystrom is the Museum Education Assistant here at Old Sturbridge Village. She learned the art of bookbinding and flintknapping while attending Franklin Pierce University for her undergraduate degree in Anthropology

Time:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$37

Other Important Information:

Wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and clothes you don’t mind ruining

Ancient Technologies: Friction Fire | July 2, 9, and 16, 2022 (3-Night Class)

Register for class on July 2, 9, and 16, 2022 here

Learn about fire-making techniques that ancient humans used. 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 lump of coal, learn other friction techniques like flint steel and char cloth or the fire roll, and then learn to light the bundle, learn about fire sets and their uses.

Instructor:

Ethan Choiniere is the coordinator of historic trades at the museum and has been involved in OSV’s blacksmith program for 8 years.

Time:

6:00-8:30 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$15

Additional Information:

Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Class is held outside in all weather.

Personal Archives | October 22, 2022

Register for class on October 22, 2022 here

We are all stewards of our own collections. Learn how to organize and care for your personal keepsakes, both physical and digital. We will look at the OSV research library materials and discuss how to best store and arrange physical items like photographs and papers then look at digital formats so you can access and enjoy your memories for generations to come. IMPORTANT: This class meets in the Visitor Center, NOT the Museum Education Building!

Instructor:

Amy Hietala has managed the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library since 2016. She received her Master of Library and Information Science with Archives Management Concentration from Simmons College. Amy is an advocate for preserving materials and loves to discuss how we can care for our possessions in order to ensure future generations can access our knowledge.

Time:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee:

$60.50 members; $75.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$5

 

Basket Weaving (Shaker Tote) | October 23, 2022 | SOLD OUT

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT

Learn 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.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$25

Basket Weaving (Market Basket) | November 19, 2022 |

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Learn 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.

Time:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

$115.50 members; $140.50 non-members

Materials Fee:

$25

Historical Craft Class Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do I go for my Historical Craft Class?

Unless stated otherwise all classes meet and/or happen in the Museum Education Building here. A staff member will reach out if your class meets somewhere else in the village.

2. I have signed up for a class but now I cannot attend. What do I do next?

Please email OSVED@osv.org or call 508-347-0274 so our staff is notified as soon as possible, as these classes are in high demand and we frequently maintain waitlists.

Refunds will only be awarded to participants that cancel at least two weeks before their class date.

3. My class was canceled by Old Sturbridge Village - will I get a refund?

If a class is canceled by Old Sturbridge Village for any reason and cannot be rescheduled, all participants will receive a full refund.

4. A class that I want to sign up for is sold out - what can I do?

Please email OSVED@osv.org or call 508-347-0274 so that we can add you to our waitlist. We will contact you if someone in that class cancels two weeks before the class date.

5. I have a question that is not answered here - who do I contact?

Please email OSVED@osv.org or call 508-347-0274 to get in touch with our staff.

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