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Workshops

2016 Workshop Schedule

Fee-based workshops (pre-registration required)

To register, call 413.443.0188 ext. 100 or e-mail mcellana@hancockshakervillage.org.  All workshop registration fees include all-day access to the Village.

 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Swallowtail Bookmarks

Make 2 bookmarks in a two-hour workshop using skills practiced by the Shakers to cut swallowtails and fasten pieces together using copper tacks. Workshop will include a behind-the-scenes tour to see some Shaker woodworking operation not available to most visitors.

Instructor: Rick Ryer

Date/Time: Saturday, June 18, 11 am to 1 pm

Registration Fee: $30/$25 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: no previous woodworking experience required

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Basket-weaving: Rustic Berry Basket

This charming and rustic berry basket is made from smoked reed with accents of color and Shaker tape handles. The rustic color mimics the weathered barn next to the berry patch. With a decorative lattice bottom your basket will easily hold two quarts of your favorite berries. Size: 11″ x 8″ x 5″

Instructor: Sandy Salada

Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 10 am to 4 pm

Registration Fee: $55/$50

Additional Fee: $20/person payable directly to instructor the day of the workshop

Note to Participants: suitable for ages 14 and up; no prior weaving experience required

 

Saturday, August 6 (part of Discovery Weekend #2, Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Woodworking: Assemble a Shaker Stool and Weave the Seat

Assemble a stool and learn to weave a Shaker-style seat with chair tape using a stool kit made by HSV woodworkers.

Instructor: Paul Albertson

Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, 10 am to 2 pm

Registration Fee: $100/$90 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: Participants will need to choose tape colors in advance.

 

Saturday, August 6 (part of Discovery Weekend #2, Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Basket Workshop: Ash Cat Head Basket

In the shadows of the former Shaker community come weave a reproduction Shaker Cat Head Basket, one of the prime examples of Shaker “fancy” baskets. Following the traditional Shaker style of weaving over a wooden mold this pounded black ash basket will become a treasured heirloom.

Instructor: Sandy Salada

Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, 10 am to 4 pm

Registration fee: $100/$90 (includes $38 basket kit)

 

Sunday, August 7, 2016 (part of Discovery Weekend #2, Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Swallowtail Bookmarks

Make 2 bookmarks in a two-hour workshop using skills practiced by the Shakers to cut swallowtails and fasten pieces together using copper tacks. Workshop will include a behind-the-scenes tour to see some Shaker woodworking operation not available to most visitors.

Instructor: Rick Ryer

Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 1-3 pm

Registration Fee: $30/$25 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: no previous woodworking experience required

 

Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7 (part of Discovery Weekend #2, Age of Iron meets Age of Wood)

Turn on the Turbine

With instruction from Village staff, turn on the water turbine (a replica of the Shakers’ 1850s turbine) in the Laundry and Machine Shop and operate the lathe that it powers. Learn more about the significance of wood-turning to Shaker craft and design.

Instructor: HSV Staff

Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, 30-minute sessions available throughout the day

Registration Fee: $30/$25 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: no previous woodworking experience required

 

Friday, September 2 (rain date: Sunday, September 4)

The Art of Light Painting: A Photography Workshop

This workshop is oriented toward aspiring amateur photographers interested in exploring the creative possibilities of night photography and light painting. Light painting is using a long exposure camera technique to capture an image while adding detail or interest to a scene using a handheld light source, either to illuminate an object or a part of the image from outside the frame. Light painting techniques in the landscape give you extra tools to create photos that are different from what other photographers may have taken in the same location. Suggested Gear: DSLR Camera, Tripod, Flash light and basic understanding of your camera operation. Optional: Camera Manual Instructor: Fred LeBlanc Date/Time: Friday, September 2, 6-10 pm (rain date: Sept 4) Registration Fee: $85/$75 (HSV members)

 

September 21-25, 2016

Traditional Timber Frame Workshop

Participants learn the craft of timber frame construction using 18th and 19th century tools and techniques, completing the parts and assembling the frame of a small building. Instructional demonstrations and discussions supplement the hands-on learning activities. Participants also have the rare opportunity to examine original Shaker timber framing throughout the Village on a behind-the-scenes guided tour. Tools and materials provided; students may also bring their own set of basic timber framing tools if desired. Instructors: Jack Sobon and Dave Carlon Date/Time: Wednesday, September 21-Sunday, September 25, 2016Registration Fee: $620.00/$558.00 for HSV members. NOTE: Participants must register directly with the instructors. Please call Jack Sobon: 413.684.3223 or Dave Carlon 413.684.3612.

 

Saturday, October 15-Sunday, October 16 (part of Discovery Weekend #3, Food for Thought)

Woodworking: Make an Oval Box

This Shaker Oval Box Workshop will introduce you to the tradition of oval box making. You will complete one oval box (size #3) in this two-day class. On Day 1, you’ll prepare the side bands, cut swallowtails, soak bands in boiling water, bend bands and tack onto a drying form. On Day 2, you’ll prepare the top and bottom pieces, attach to side bands, and do the final sanding.

Instructor: Rick Ryer

Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, 10 am to 3 pm

Registration Fee: $170/$155 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: No prior woodworking experience necessary

 

Saturday, October 15-Sunday, October 16 

Weaving: Towels

Weave two different Shaker patterns of kitchen towels. Participants will also be able to see examples of towels in the HSV collection.

Instructor: Kathy Vincent

Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, 10 am to 4 pm

Registration Fee: $175/$150 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: some prior weaving experience preferred

 

Saturday, October 15 (part of Discovery Weekend #3, Food for Thought)

Introduction to Home Brewed Beer!

Learn to brew great beer at home. This workshop will walk you through the basic steps using hops grown at Hancock Shaker Village. Optional additional session on Saturday, October 29, to see the results of the brew and to practice bottling.

Instructor: Paul Albertson, Chris Finn

Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 1 pm

Registration Fee: $40/$35 (includes materials)

Note to Participants: Participants must be at least 21 years old.

 

Saturday, October 15 (part of Discovery Weekend #3, Food for Thought)

Introduction to Home Cheese Making

This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of how to make simple, delicious cheese in your own kitchen. We will cover equipment, supplies, and basic techniques used to make nearly all types of cheese. Each participant will take part in making a batch of fresh mozzarella which will be made from start to finish in the class, as well as take home instructions and a set of ingredients to make a batch or two at home. Workshop will also include a tour of the Sisters’ Dairy and Weave Shop to learn more about the Shakers’ cheese-making operation.

Instructor: Chris Wellens

Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 2-5 pm

Registration Fee: $55/$50

Additional Fee: $5/person paid directly to the instructor on the day of the workshop

Note to Participants: no experience required