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Please visit again soon to see our 2015 calendar of Workshops.


Appliqued Quilting: Wall Quilts inspired by Shaker Gift Drawings
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Advanced quilting skillsWK-Quilt
June 28

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Backyard Beekeeping Workshop
May 17
Learn all about the fascinating world of honeybees with expert instructor Joe Moncecchi. Workshop includes all materials for building a traditional beehive to take home, as well as basic hive care and maintenance (using the hives at the Shaker Village). Participants receive a jar of honey ($13 value), and complementary tickets to return to the Village in summer when hives are opened and tended, and again in fall, when honey is extracted.

Backyard Poultry Workshop
June 7
You’ll learn where to buy hatchlings and hens, how to clean out the coop, and a host of other essentials necessary to establish and maintain your own flock of backyard chickens. Instructor Laura Field, who tends the flock at Hancock Shaker Village, will give you an insider’s peek into our coops, incubators, and brooders as she guides you through this hands-on experience.


Shaker Cooking for Families
June 28 and July 5

This hands-on cooking experience with Morgan Kulchinsky from The Nutrition Center includes all materials and supplies to create simple, uncluttered dishes in the Shaker tradition. Adults and children (ages 6 to 15) work together using farm-fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. Topics include whole grains, eating in season, preservation and fermentation, and others. One adult per child, please.

Oval Box Basics Workshop
June 21 and 22

Make your own nest of four traditional Shaker boxes while learning to carve swallow tails, bend the box, and install tops and bottoms. A great weekend for both novice and experienced woodworkers.

Hand-Cut Dovetail Workshop
July 12
The Shakers were well versed in hand-joinery, and used dovetails in boxes, case construction, and drawers. In this one-day workshop with expert instructor Steve Grasselli, you’ll make either a pine candle box or a pine tray using dovetail joinery.

Photographing the City of Peace
July 19
Hone your digital photography skills with award-winning Berkshire Eagle photographer Ben Garver.  Includes classroom and field time, with ample opportunity to review and practice the techniques learned.

Advanced Oval Box Workshop
August 16 and 17
Build your woodworking skills and master the form of the Oval Box. Students may make bigger boxes than in Box Basics, or advance to other oval box projects, such as carriers and trays.

Timber Framing: A Traditional Approach
September 24-28
Learn the craft of timber-frame construction using 18th- and 19th-century tools and techniques. Complete the parts, and assemble the frame of a small building. Demonstrations and discussions supplement hands-on learning.

Digital Photography Workshop

October 4
Instructor Fred LeBlanc shows students how to apply traditional photographic values, composition and story telling to digital photography. Covers new tools available in the digital realm, and such developments as HDR (High Dynamic Range) settings and other techniques.

Shaker Chimney Cupboard
A private, one-on-one opportunity to custom-build a classic pine cupboard or other piece of Shaker furniture with instructor Steve Grasselli. This 3-day workshop, scheduled at the student’s convenience, includes materials.