Saturday, August 10, 10 am-1:30 pm

Art of Composition

If you want to take better photographs, this workshop is for you!  This workshop begins with a discussion and then put helpful tips into practice with a walk through the village to photograph our grounds and buildings (even a cheesy shot of our barnyard animals).



We offer one-on-one workshops in:

  • weaving
  • spinning
  • chair seat weaving
  • basic woodworking

Follow this link for full descriptions. on-demand workshops

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 ext. 115, or email Hannah Schockmel

Wednesday-Sunday, September 25-29

Timberframe Workshop 

Learn the craft of timber framing with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tools and techniques in a beautiful outdoor setting. We begin with an examination of the timber-framed buildings at Hancock Shaker Village and an introduction to the craft. Participants will then cut a small timber-framed building and culminate the workshop with its raising. There will also be evening slide presentations that cover both old and new timber framing in Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Subjects covered during the workshop include hand hewing timbers from the log, setup, tools, and techniques; timber selection; Square Rule and Scribe Rule layout systems (we will be using the Square Rule system); care and use of traditional hand tools, including sharpening; layout and cutting of timber joinery on both sawn and hewn timbers; riving and shaping trunnels (pegs) using a shaving horse; and assembly and raising of the frame.

FEE $720/648 MEMBER

For more details and a registration form, click here.