Live Workshops with Old Salem

Take a Live Workshop with Old Salem!

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

Registration for in-person classes closes 48 hours before class time or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

All live workshops (both online and in-person) will be held on the date listed below. The purchase of a live online workshop will provide you with a link to the live, interactive class and any accompanying documents, as well as unlimited access to the recorded workshop. All live Zoom workshops will be recorded and can be purchased separately if you cannot participate in the live event. In-person workshops will not be recorded.

Cutting Dovetail Joints
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6:30 PM EST
Tuesday May 25th

Learn the centuries old skill of laying out and cutting beautiful dovetail joinery with just a few traditional hand tools!

Class will be held on Zoom
Natural Dyes (Yellow)
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6:30 PM EST
Tuesday June 1st

Get messy, make mistakes! Experiment with a traditional natural dye recipe using onion skins and mordants to create a variety of golden hues.

Class will be held on Zoom
Pizza Baking in Masonry Ovens
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6:30 PM EST 
Tuesday June 8
Should you be a pizza aficionado, a home baker, or a DIY-er, join us as we guide you through the “how’s” and explain the “why’s” behind baking in a masonry oven. Class will be held on Zoom
Traditional Tool Sharpening and Setup
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6:30 PM EST 
Tuesday June 15

Get your old hand planes and chisels working better than new!  Learn to clean, sharpen, and set up your hand tools to make clean, effortless cuts!

Class will be held on Zoom
Natural Dyes (Brown)
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6:30 PM EST
Tuesday June 22

Get really messy, make mistakes! Experiment with a traditional dye recipe to create variations of brown with walnut hulls and time as the key ingredients.

Class will be held on Zoom
Natural Dyes (Red)
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6:30 PM EST 
Tuesday June 29

The Red Coats are coming! Experiment with a couple of traditional dye recipes using cochineal and madder root to create variations of red.

Class will be held on Zoom
Processing Natural Clay
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6:30 PM EST 
Tuesday July 6

Learn how the Salem potters harvested and processed the local clay for their pottery. Ask questions and practice techniques that you can apply with clay, wherever you find it.

Class will be held on Zoom
Making a Moravian Candlebox
(Two-Day workshop)
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6:00 PM EST
Tuesday July 13
and
6:00 PM
Tuesday July 20



Build a beautiful traditional, Moravian candlebox from Old Salem’s collection with hand tools using centuries old techniques! 



Class will be held in person
 
Class Capacity: 6
Pottery Tools  
(Plaster Molds)
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6:30 PM EST 
Tuesday July 27

The Salem potters relied heavily on plaster molds to mass produce press-molded wares. Learn to make a plaster mold for your own clay-molding creations.

Class will be held on Zoom
One – On – One Blacksmithing 
SOLD OUT!
9:00–11:00 AM EST 
Saturday
Aug 7

This beginning blacksmithing course will give you the opportunity to work in the historic environment of Old Salem. Learn the process of lighting and tending a coal forge fire while working the bellows in the smithy of the historic Timothy Vogler Gunsmith Shop.

Class will be held in person
 
Class Capacity: 1
One – On – One Blacksmithing 
SOLD OUT!
1:00-3:00 PM EST 
 Saturday
Aug 7

This beginning blacksmithing course will give you the opportunity to work in the historic environment of Old Salem. Learn the process of lighting and tending a coal forge fire while working the bellows in the smithy of the historic Timothy Vogler Gunsmith Shop.

Class will be held in person
 
Class Capacity: 1
Casting Pewter Spoons
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6:00 PM EST
Thursday
Aug 12

Join us in the historic environment of Old Salem Museum & Gardens to cast and fettle a pewter spoon. Participants will have a choice of spoon patterns and use bronze molds based on Salem originals for the casting process.

Class will be held in person
 
Class Capacity: 6
Pottery Tools (Wooden Ribs)
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6:30 PM EST
Tuesday
Aug 17

The Moravian potters in Salem perfected the use of custom templates (or ribs) to mass produce identical sets of wheel-turned wares. Learn how to design and create your own custom rib to aid in your wheel-work creations.

Class will be held on Zoom
Tape Weaving
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6:30 PM EST
Tuesday
Aug 24

Woven tape looks pretty, but don’t let its good looks deceive you. Tape made of natural fibers is exceptionally strong and versatile, performing the jobs of duct tape, paracord, edging, and more. Join us as we show you how to weave this all-purpose ribbon.

Class will be held on Zoom