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Workshops in the historic Village

All workshop registration fees include admission to the Village.  Advance registration required.  Call 413-443-0188, x 100, or email mcellana@hancockshakervillage.org.


Woodworking: Assemble a Shaker Stool and Weave the Seat

Saturday, August 6, 10 am to 2 pm  

(part of Discovery Weekend: Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Assemble a stool (from a kit made by HSV woodworkers) and weave its seat with chair tape.  (Students, choose your chair-tape colors in advance.)

Instructor: Paul Albertson

$100 / $90 for HSV Members  (includes all materials)


Basketry: Weave a Cat-Head Basket

Saturday, August 6, 10 am to 4 pm 

(part of Discovery Weekend: Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Weave a reproduction Shaker Cat-Head Basket, a prime example of the many “fancy” baskets made by the Shakers. Following the Shaker technique of weaving over a wooden mold, this pounded black ash basket will become a treasured heirloom.

Instructor: Sandy Salada

$100 / $90 for HSV Members (includes a $38 basket kit)


Woodworking: Make Swallowtail Bookmarks

Sunday, August 7,  Choose 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm  

(part of Discovery Weekend: Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Make two swallowtail bookmarks in this one-hour workshop using skills introduced and perfected by the Shakers. Cut swallowtails and fasten using copper tacks.  Includes a behind-the-scenes tour of woodworking operations in the historic village not available to most visitors.  No prior woodworking experience required.

Instructor: Rick Ryer

$30 / $10 for HSV Members (includes materials)


Turn on the Turbine

Saturday, August 6,  and Sunday, August 7, 30-minute sessions throughout both day

(Part of Discovery Weekend: Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

With instruction and oversight from Village staff, turn on the water turbine (a replica of the 1850 Shaker turbine) in the Laundry and Machine Shop, and operate the wood lathe it powers. Learn more about the significance of wood-turning to Shaker craft and design. No prior woodworking experience required.

Instructor: HSV Staff

$30 / $10 for HSV members (includes materials)


Visual Arts: Photographing the City of Peace

Saturday, August 6  10 am to 3 pm

Program designed to inspire personal expression and growth as a photographer, includes classroom time and field time to practice the techniques learned.  Focus is on using HSV as a subject, especially the village’s glorious gardens. Bring your own digital camera.

Instructor: Ben Garver, Berkshire Eagle photographer and photo editor

$85 / $78 for HSV Members


Visual Arts: Photography & The Art of Light Painting

Friday, September 2,  6 to 10 pm

For aspiring amateur photographers interested in exploring the creative possibilities of night photography. Light painting employs a long-exposure camera to capture an image while adding detail or interest to a scene with a handheld light source. This gives photographers the ability to create landscapes that are different from standard photographs of the same location. Suggested Gear: DSLR Camera, Tripod, Flash light and basic understanding of your camera’s operation. Optional: Camera Manual.  (Rain date:  Sunday, September 4.)

Instructor: Fred LeBlanc

$85 / $75 for HSV members.


Traditional Timber-Frame Workshop

September 21 to 25,  9 am to 4 pm daily

Learn the craft of timber-frame construction using 18th- and 19th-century tools and techniques.  Complete the parts of a small building and assemble its frame in this four-day intensive. Instruction includes demonstrations and discussions to supplement hands-on learning. Included is the rare opportunity to examine original Shaker timber framing throughout the historic Village on a behind-the-scenes guided tour. Tools and materials provided. Students may bring their own set of timber-framing tools. Register directly with the instructors:  Jack Sobon 413-684-3223, or Dave Carlon 413-684-3612.

$620 / $558  for HSV members.


Woodworking: Make an Oval Box

Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 3 pm, & Sunday, October 16, 10 am to 3 pm 

(part of Discovery Weekend: Food for Thought)

Complete a size #3 oval box in this two-date class introducing students to the Shaker tradition of oval-box making. On Day 1, prepare the side bands, cut swallowtails, soak bands in boiling water, bend bands and tack onto a drying form. On Day 2, prepare the top and bottom pieces, attach to side bands, and conduct final sanding.  No prior woodworking experience necessary.

Instructor: Rick Ryer

$170 / $155 for HSV members (includes materials)


Weaving: Shaker Towels

Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 4 pm  &  Sunday, October 16, 10 am to 4 pm  

(part of Discovery Weekend: Food for Thought)

Weave two different Shaker patterns of kitchen towels in this two-day workshop, and examine historic Shaker towels in the HSV collection. Some prior weaving experience is helpful but not necessary to participate.

Instructor: Kathy Vincent

$175 / $150 for HSV members (includes materials)


Introduction to Home-Brewed Beer!

Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 1 pm

(part of Discovery Weekend: Food for Thought)

Learn to brew great beer at home. We’ll walk you through the basic steps using hops grown right here at the village. Additional (optional) session on Saturday, October 29, to see the results of the brew and to practice bottling. Must be age 21 to participate.

Instructor: Paul Albertson, Chris Finn

$40 / $35 for HSV Members (includes materials)


Introduction to Cheese Making

Saturday, October 15,  2 to 5 pm

(part of Discovery Weekend: Food for Thought)

Make delicious cheese in your own kitchen! Learn what equipment, supplies and basic techniques are necessary for nearly every type of cheese. Students will make a batch of fresh mozzarella from start to finish in the workshop, and take home the knowledge, recipe and instructions to make more on their own. Includes a tour of the Sisters’ Dairy and Weave Shop, the base of Shaker cheese-making in the historic village. No prior cooking experience necessary.

Instructor: Chris Wellens

$55 / $50 for HSV members, plus $5 per student for ingredients, payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop.