Saturday, September 14, 10 am-5 pm

In this day-long workshop, you will make a Shaker-style hanging cupboard with a flat paneled door and two shelves, based on an example in the Hancock collection. This charming pine cupboard, ideal for storing small items, measures 18” x 11.” All pieces will be pre-cut for assembly.

The workshop is perfect for a beginning or intermediate woodworker, especially someone interested in learning more about Shaker craftsmanship and construction. You will gain skills in hand-planing, sanding, chiseling, and nailing, and you’ll learn how to attach hinges and door hardware. Your choice of finish can be applied at home. Workshop participants also get the opportunity to explore similar wooden objects in the collection. Recommended tools to bring (if you have them): Hammer, small nail set, Phillips screwdriver, sharp chisel, sharp hand plane, try square, and utility knife.

Instructor: Peter Forward. A master carpenter and cabinetmaker with more than forty years of experience, Peter has a long-standing interest in Shaker history and design. He enjoys traditional hand-working methods and often uses tools passed down through his family from his great-great grandfather, a joiner in the 1870s.

FEE $110/99 MEMBERS, plus a $50 cash-only materials fee. Pre-registration required. To register, click here.


Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 10 am-4 pm

In this intensive two-day workshop, participants learn basic blacksmithing skills by making several projects of their choice using traditional tools and techniques in a coal-fired forge. Begin by making several hooks to learn how to manage the forge fire, heat the stock, shape the steel with hammer and anvil, and finish. Next, move on to more advanced projects such as plant hangers, hearth or kitchen utensils, a candle sconce, or other project. This is a fun and fast-paced weekend requiring no experience—only a desire to learn. Note to students: Wear long pants (jeans), non-synthetic clothing, and closed-toed shoes; bring safety glasses and leather gloves (if you have them).

Instructor: John Boyd. John has been a blacksmith for more than twenty-five years, crafting beautiful yet functional pieces for the home and garden. Based in Charlemont, Massachusetts, John and his wife Deb own Country Things from the Stonehill Farm, a shop specializing in forged ironwork and fiber art as well as country giftware and vintage goods. John has been an interpreter in the Village blacksmith shop since 2015.

FEE $150/135 members, plus $100 cash-only materials fee. Pre-registration required. To register, click here.


Saturday, September 21, 10 am-3 pm

This 12″ x 12″ basket is just the right size to carry your favorite pie or casserole dish. The basket has an open bottom woven in natural and dyed reed with an oak handle. Please choose navy, dark green, red, burgundy or brown at time of registration. Optional wrapped handle if time permits.

Instructor: Sandy Salada. A basket maker since 1995, Sandy weaves a variety of baskets, including patterns of her own design, patterns by other teachers, and reproductions of cultural and historical baskets. Salada teaches in her home studio as well as at Shaker Heritage Society in Watervliet, New York and at Hancock Shaker Village.

FEE $40/36 MEMBERS, plus a $25 cash-only materials fee. Pre-registration required. To register, click here.




Wednesday-Sunday, September 25-29, 9 am-5 pm

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.

Instructors: Jack Sobon and Dave Carlon, who have been teaching this fascinating workshop for more than thirty years.

FEE $720/648 MEMBERS. Pre-registration required. For more details and a registration form, click here.


Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 10 am-3 pm & 10 am-2 pm

It is perhaps the most iconic of Shaker objects: an oval box. You’ll make two in this intensive two-day workshop: #2- and #3-sized traditional oval boxes. Beginners welcome.

Day 1 Learn to carve swallow tails, prepare wood for bending, bend the boxes, and fit wood onto drying forms.

Day 2 Measure and cut box tops and bottoms, fit side bands, and tack into place. At least one coat of shellac will be applied. Workshop also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Village’s woodworking-related collection.

Instructor: Rick Ryer. An interpreter at Hancock Shaker Village since 2012, Rick learned to make oval boxes with master box-maker Steve Grasselli. Rick regularly gives demonstrations of oval box-making in the Brethren’s Shop and has taught oval box workshops since 2013.

FEE: $150 ($135 for members), plus a $25 cash-only materials fee; includes admission to the Village. Pre-registration required. To register, click here.



We offer one-on-one workshops in:

  • Weaving
  • Spinning
  • Chair seat weaving
  • Basic woodworking

For full descriptions, click here.

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, plus materials fee if required. Other topics may be available upon request.

Advance registration required; call 413-443-0188 ext. 115, or email Hannah Schockmel.