Folk Art Workshops
Explore history and folk art with these artisan-led workshops. No experience necessary. Ages 16 & up. Space is limited, make sure to register in advance. These programs are offered in partnership with The Michigan Folk School.
This course is an introduction to broom making materials and construction. Students will learn how to make a whisk broom and pot-scrubber/cake-tester for decorative or functional use with simple materials. Kitchen brooms and decorative options will be discussed and displayed. By the end of this two-day workshop, students will gain the knowledge and confidence to explore the world of hand-crafted brooms. No experience required. Strong hand strength will be required. For safety, participants should not wear open-toed shoes.
In this workshop, students will learn the basic skills and history of millinery and use that knowledge to craft one hat, from start to finish. Students will develop the techniques to mold, shape, and style a hat (straw or felt) on a wooden hat block and finish it off by sewing by hand or machine. While some hand-sewing experience may be helpful, it is certainly not necessary. By the end of the workshop, students will leave wearing a handcrafted treasure. No experience required.
*Session time includes a 1-hour break for lunch (bring your own)
Shaker craftsmen perfected the steaming and bending of unique oval boxes for ice in the home. Students will explore the traditions of Shakers by learning how to soak, bend, tack, carve, and sand cherry wood to form an oval box with fitted lid. By the end of this two-day workshop, students will have made two nesting boxes finished with homemade beeswax polish or milk paint. No experience required.
Interested in trying more old-time trades?
Check out our Blacksmithing Classes or Copper & Iron Workshop!