Center for Essential Education at Homestead Heritage

Traditional Crafts

We offer an extensive range of hands-on workshops, classes and seminars. You can learn traditional crafts while making fine hand-crafted items yourself and gaining skills that you can pass on to your children and grandchildren.

  • Blacksmithing

    Traditional blacksmiths made many essential items for the home and farm, including tools such as shovels, hoes, axes and knives, cooking utensils for the kitchen, hardware for the home and farm, along with decorative items. In our classes, you’ll learn basic blacksmithing techniques that will enable you to begin making an endless variety of useful and beautiful items for your home, shop and farm.

  • Pottery

    Pottery is a craft and skill that allows you to make many types of dinnerware and crockery, including plates, mugs, bowls, crocks and a variety of other useful household items. In our hands-on pottery classes, you will learn the basics of pottery along with shaping techniques that will enable you to make a wide variety of pots using the potter’s wheel.

  • Woodworking

    Learn from award-winning craftsmen in our Heritage Woodworking School. In our woodworking courses, you’ll learn the basics of joinery, using hand-tools. From there we offer many project classes in which you can make heirloom furniture such as endtables, dressers, blanket chests or tables using hand-cut joinery. We also offer classes on tool-making, wood-turning, guitar-making and timber-framing.

  • Basketry

    Baskets have for millennia served as useful containers, custom made to fit each task at hand. In our classes, you will learn how to make coiled pine-needle baskets, ribbed melon baskets and rectangular market baskets.

  • Fiber Crafts

    We offer a complete curriculum in fiber crafts, with the goal of not only teaching basic skills but also bringing students to the point where they are free to practice their craft at home at an advanced level. We offer classes on spinning various fibers (cotton, flax and wool) into yarn, weaving (on the floor loom and on a simple rigid heddle loom), knitting and crocheting.

  • Sewing & Quilting

    In our hands-on sewing classes, you’ll learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine. You’ll develop your sewing skills and you will learn to sew garments, quilts and a variety of other projects.