Sustainable Gardening, May 9, 11 am – 3 pm
Instructors Georgia Barberi, lead gardener at Hancock Shaker Village, and farm director Bill Mangiardi, use time-tested techniques mastered by the Shakers to demonstrate a variety of practical skills for successful, chemical-free vegetable, herb and flower gardening. Topics include composting and soil improvement, weed and pest control, heirloom seed-saving, as well as harvesting and storing produce. All tools and materials provided. BONUS Students take home starter plants and ready-to-use compost from the Shaker farm. $75 for non-members; $68 for members. All levels welcome. Call 413-443-0188, x 0, to register.
Wood-Turning Basics, May 30 & 31, 10 am – 5 pm both days
On day one, learn wood-working, tool-sharpening, and the wood qualities necessary for traditional spindle-turning. On day two, make one of the following projects: a three-legged stool, candlesticks, spinning tops, or a project of your choice! All materials and tools provided. Before the weekend is over, students will also tour Hancock Shaker Village with the instructor Jack Steffek, a 26-year veteran of woodworking instruction and popular Educator at Hancock Shaker Village. Beginner level. Class limited to five students. $120 for non-members; $105 for members. Call 413-443-0188, x 0, to register.
Backyard Poultry, June 6, 1 – 5 pm
You’ll learn everything you need to know to start and maintain your own backyard poultry flock, from buying hatchlings and hens to cleaning the coop! Instructor is farmer Laura Field (a.k.a. the “Chicken Lady”). Our most-popular Workshop! All levels welcome. $50 for non-members; $45 for members. Call 413-443-0188, x 0, to register.
Oval Box Basics, June 13, 10 am – 4 pm, and June 14, noon – 4 pm
Make traditional Shaker oval boxes (a #2- and a #3-sized) in this two-day course! On day one, carve swallow tails, prepare wood for bending, bend the box, and fit wood onto drying forms. Class registration includes a tour of Hancock Shaker Village’s oval box collection. On day two, measure and cut box tops and bottoms, fit side bands, and complete assembly. (For students unable to attend Sunday, veteran oval box-maker and course instructor Rick Ryer will complete your project and ship it to you.) All materials included. Limit 8 students. Beginners welcome. $170 for non-members; $155 for members. Call 413-443-0188, x 0, to register.
Beeswax Candle-making September 12, 10 am – noon or 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Great for Kids!
Using home-grown bee’s wax, roll your own candle and take it home in a custom box. Learn wax techniques and lots of bee lore. Materials and equipment provided by instructor. Perfect for kids ages 12 and up. Children 8 to 12 must attend with an adult. Class limited to 12 students. Instructor is Joe Moncecchi, “The Bee Guy.” $45 for non-members; $40 for members. Call 413-443-0188, x 0, to register.
Timber-Framing Intensive September 23 – 27, 9 am – 5 pm each day
Learn the art and craft of timber-frame construction using 18th- and 19th-century tools and techniques. Complete all the parts of a small building, and assemble the frame. Demonstrations and discussions supplement hands-on learning. Call the instructors directly to register: Jack Sobon (413-684-3223) or Dave Carlon (413-684-3612). $620 for non-members; $558 for members. Class limited to 16 students.