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Workshops

DISCOVERY WEEKENDS

May 21 & 22   On the Farm and In the Garden

August 6 & 7   Age of Iron meets Age of Wood

October 15 & 16   Food for Thought

Join us for three special weekends of talks and demonstrations included with admission, and an exciting roster of fee-based workshops (pre-registration required).

May 21-22   On the Farm and In the Garden

Get ready for gardening with talks and demonstrations about starting seeds, dividing plants, historic garden tools, and milking a goat, all included with admission.

On Sunday, May 22, at 2 pm, join Bill Mangiardi, Director of Farm and Facilities, for a top-to-bottom tour of the Round Stone Barn, which celebrates its 190th anniversary this year, included in admission. The Tour is part of “Barnstorming Weekend,” organized by the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany, NY), Shaker Mount Lebanon (New Leabanon, NY) and Hancock Shaker Village.

Call 413-443-0188, x 100, to register for these fee-based workshops

  • Backyard Poultry
  • Basket-weaving: Make a Rustic Berry Basket
  • Blacksmithing 101
  • Weaving: Tote bag in the Shaker plied-yarn technique
    • Weaving: Weave a Shaker tape
  • Woodworking: Faceplate Turning

 

August 6 & 7  Age of Iron meets Age of Wood

Join us for a weekend devoted to two essential Shaker trade crafts: woodworking and blacksmithing. HSV’s annual Age of Iron weekend will be paired with woodworking demonstrations and opportunities to understand how wood and iron work together.  Blacksmithing demonstrations by HSV blacksmiths and visiting blacksmiths from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York join woodworkers from HSV and visiting wood experts who will present talks on tool sharpening, wood identification, and other topics!

Artist Rob Hite, whose sculpture (made primarily from wood) is part of an exhibit at Hancock, will be on site on Sunday, August 7, to demonstrate his creative process. This program included in regular admission.

Call 413-443-0188, x 100, to register for these fee-based workshops 

  • Basket Weaving: Make a Shaker Ash Basket
  • Woodworking/Weaving: Assemble a Shaker Stool
  • Woodworking: Make a Swallowtail Bookmarks
  • Woodworking: Turn on the Turbine!

 

October 15 & 16   Food for Thought

Celebrate the harvest with a weekend devoted to food! Demonstrations of cider making, seed saving, perfect pie-crust making, and tours of the Dwelling Kitchen are included in admission.

Call 413-443-0188, x 100, to register for these fee-based workshops

  • Introduction to Home Brewing
  • Introduction to Home Cheese Making
  • Weaving: Towels
  • Woodworking: Make an Oval Box

 

For more details, including fees, click on 2016 Discovery Weekends