The Village is busy preparing its 2017 workshop schedule.  Here is a preview:

New in 2017, the Village will offer One-on-One Workshops on:

  • weaving
  • spinning
  • chair seat weaving
  • basic woodworking

Follow this link for full descriptions.  one-on-one-workshop-descriptions-2017

These two hour workshops will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the participant and the instructor. Workshop fee is $90/$80 (for HSV members).  Other topics may be offered upon request. 
Advance registration required.  Call 413-443-0188, x 100, or email

Saturday, June 24, 2017:
Provender Basket Workshop

10 am to 4 pm

Fee: $65/$58 HSV members; plus $20 materials fee paid directly to instructor

A Provender Basket is a traditional semi-flat basket perfect for gathering cut flowers and herbs from the garden. This basket is woven in reed with an inserted oak handle. It measures 18” x 10” x 11” high, including the handle. Instructions on how to tea dye your basket will be given during the workshop.

Saturday, June 24, 2017:
Becoming a Photographic Artist: The Art of Seeing

1 pm to 4 pm (rain date of Sunday, June 25)

Tuition: $60/$55 HSV members

Learn to see and photograph the world in new fresh ways. Learning to see and just not look will reveal the richness and beauty of our world that is normally hidden from view. Instead of emphasizing subject matter or the technical aspects of photography, learn to capture your visual experiences as you more see clearly and make images based on fresh perceptions.

Workshop is open to anyone ages 16 and older; all photography skills welcome.  Participants should bring a photo-taking device with them—phones or cameras welcome.

September 23-24, 2017:
Oval Box Carrier Workshop

10 am to 3 pm (both days)

Fee:  $170/$155 HSV member

This two-day workshop will introduce you to the Shaker oval box tradition by making an oval box carrier.  A carrier is an oval box with a handle instead of a lid.  As America moved into the Industrial Revolution, the Shakers encountered heavy competition for their popular oval boxes from tin boxes made inexpensively in factories. To compete, the Shakers added new items, like oval box carriers, to their inventory.

On day 1 of the workshop, participants will prepare the side band, cut swallowtails, soak the band and handle in boiling water, bend and tack the bands, bend the handle, and place everything onto drying forms. On day 2, participants will prepare the bottom, attach to the side band, install the handle and do the final sanding. At least one coat of shellac will be applied. This workshop also includes behind-the-barriers tours to discuss Shaker woodworking.

Saturday, October 14, 2017:
Make a Shaker Cheese Basket

10 am to 3 pm

Fee: $55/$48 HSV members; plus $10 materials fee payable directly to instructor

Make a three-directional weave basket in the Shaker style. These baskets were originally used for curing cheese. Today’s basket makes a wonderful bread, muffin or roll basket and looks great hanging on a wall when not in use. Made from 3/8” natural flat reed. No prior experience is necessary, suitable for ages 13 and up. Finished basket size is approximately 9” round x 3” deep.