Monday, March 3, 2014

March, 2014:Traditional Arts and Crafts Workshops for Kids and Adults

Traditional Arts and Crafts Workshops for Kids and Adults  

March, 2014
  • Sat., March 15, 10AM-4PM. Blacksmithing: Make Hardware. Tuition: Non-Members $125, Members $115. in this beginner to intermediate level class, students will have the choice of a variety of projects to complete with traditional blacksmithing hand tools on either a propane or coal burning forge. Projects include strap hinges, hook and eye latches, door handles, or one of the coat racks as seen in the right column of this block.
  • Sat. & Sun., March 15 & 16, 10AM-4PM. Blacksmithing: Make a Draw Knife and Other Tools. . Non-Members: $275 Members: $265. tools and materials provided. In this two-day class, shape a blade with spring steel, harden and temper. Studnets will form the blade edge and also form at each end of the blade tangs to receive wooden handles. Timer permitting, students may also complete some wood slicks (chisels) for woodworking or a choice of other edge tools with master blade-smith Adriaan Gerber.
  • Sat. & Sun., March 22 & 23, 9-5PM Woodworking: Heirloom Blanket Chest. Tuition: Non-Members $275, Members $265. Tools and material provided. Over two complete days, students will create a six-board blanket chest 24" height x 36" length x 18" width. This class is an introductory course in dove tail joint making. After completing a practice students will measure, mark and cut dovetail joints as well as a dado for the bottom of the chest. No nails will be used. Hinges will be provided. Team up with a partner and split the cost of the tuition to produce one chest and learn to do. 
  • Sat., March 29, 9AM-3PM. Blacksmithing/ Flint-Napping: Flint & Steel Survival Fire-Making Class, with Outdoor Cooking. Tuition: Non-Members $125, Members $115.  Create a flint and steel fire-making set from scratch. Blacksmith a striker, flint nap a striking stone, make a char cloth, collect tinder, learn a survival fire lay, and use to make an outdoor fire. Cook some food on an open fire and ear to complete this essential class.
  • Sun. March 30, 9 AM-3PM. Make a Metal Casting Furnace. Students will construct a cylinder shaped furnace with stand for aluminum, bronze and brass metal casting the furnace will include refractor cement insulation and black metal pipe fuel feed. A propane fuel regulator will be included. A homemade crucible will also be created time permitting. All materials and tools provided. Students will need to purchase their own fuel tank and propane to use. Tuition: $200 Take the Sat., March 29 Fire-Making Class and receive a 25 dollar discount on the total for the two classes. Team up with a partner and split the cost of the tuition to produce one furnace and learn to do. 
  • Sat., April 5, 12-3PM: Pewter Casting Jewelry for Kids and Adults (3 Hours) Age 12 and older to participate. Tuition:  $65 Non-Members, $55 Members. Learn pewter casting and create original pieces using traditional jewelry making skills. This involves melting metal and casting from molds. No previous experience required. Materials and tools provided.
  • Sat. & Sun., April 12 & 13: Two One Day Classes in Blacksmithing/ Edge Tool Making/ Make Wood Chisels/Slicks or a Bowie Knife. Students will use either propane or coal forges to heat and shape blade and tang for receiving a handle. Students will harden their blades and make a handle if time permits. This will involve the basics of beginning blacksmithing. Choose the one day class for $125 or the two day class for $250. All materials and tools provided.
  • Sat. & Sun., April 19 & 20. Make a Mortise and Tenon Coffee Table in Steel. Students will cover the basics of a beginning blacksmithing class. Under the guidance of instructor Adriaan Gerber (Visit his website: students will shape ¾ inch square stock shaping a tenon and then using a keyhole drift they will create a mortise to receive it. Metal wedges will be created to secure each joint. Tuition: $250, materials and tools provided. Coal or propane forges used.

  • Mon. thru Fri, May 19-23, 2014: Timber Framing and Blacksmithing Hardware Making  Class. Students will learn mortise and tenon framing techniques in this class of five days. In addition to woodworking the class will also involve the creation of hardware for the completed structure; this will in include creating strap hinges and hook and eye latches. The structure to be completed will be 12’ high x 12’wide x 14’ long. It will serve as an ice house for the museum. Tuition: $675 ; With 4 nights and 5 days of dormitory style rooming at the mill house next to the waterfalls next to the museum; Total Tuition: $1000; Breakfast and lunch each day of the class: $1175 ( total package). Tools provided or Tool Kit for purchase: $125 (includes both new and vintage woodworking tools: a large 3 inch wood slick and 3 assorted chisels, hardwood mallet, handsaw, scribing tool, bevel square, level, skill knife, bit and brace, assorted bits, measure in a wood dowel handled tool box.  

  •       (Ongoing, By Arrangement) Make a Catapult Workshop (4 Hours) Age 8 and older to participate. Tuition: $45 Non-Members, $40 Members. create a double spring projectile throwing catapult inspired by the design of Leonardo Da Vinci. The dimensions of this machine will be 24" x 12" x 12". It will involve cutting, drilling, and fitting dowels in this small post and beam construction. Tools and materials provided.
  • (Ongoing, By Arrangement) Crystal Set Radio Making Workshop ( involves wood construction) (4 Hours). Age 8 and older to participate. $65 Non-Members, $55 Members. Believe it or not kids and their Dads, sometimes Moms, made things like radios at one time. the crystal set radio appeared in the 1920s and people continue to make this simple design using a crystal diode and copper wire. Students will assemble a kit that they will mount to an wood armature that they create in the design of one of their favorite characters or pop icons using hand tools like the Felix the Cat radio seen in the right column.
  • (Ongoing, By Arrangement) Blacksmithing for Teens (4 Hours). Tools and materials provided. We may use propane forges rather than coal forges during the winter. $75 Non-Members, $65 Members. This custom designed workshop is for home-schoolers and teen groups of boys and girls alike who wish to learn the basics of blacksmithing and metallurgy. We will cover safety, fire-making, shaping and cutting metal. Students will complete a J-hook and an S-hook, maybe more, if time permits. Tools and materials provided.  
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