Friday, March 24, 2017

Conner Prairie 2017 Traditional Arts and Arms Making Workshop

Traditional Arts and Arms Making
October 6-13, 2017

Conner Prairie’s hands-on classes provide a rare opportunity to work closely with some of the nation’s best craftsmen. Small class sizes in well-equipped facilities allow you to develop skills from a basic level to advanced. Register today as classes fill quickly. All materials are included in the class price. Tools are provided, unless otherwise noted.

Hand-Forged Pipe Tomahawk

What: Join blacksmiths Nathan Allen and Dwight Gallian in making a traditional hand-forged pipe tomahawk. Starting with a steel blank, you’ll use coal forges and traditional blacksmithing techniques to forge the head of the tomahawk the first day of class. The next two days will be spent at the bench filing the head, handling the tomahawk and applying finishing touches, like pewter inlay.
When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here

Cordwaining: The Art of Making Shoes

What: Treat your feet to a pair of custom-made shoes. Work with cordwainer Cliff Pequet to learn the process of making custom footwear from tracing and patterning your feet, to creating a last (a custom built wooden block shaped like your foot), to finishing the shoe with handstitched seams and scraping in the heel. You pick the style of shoe you make from historic brogans to something with a contemporary look. All tools for the class will be furnished. A materials fee of approx. $75 will be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.
When: Friday – Tuesday, Oct. 6 – 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here

Boot Bag

What: Well-known pouch maker Ken Scott teaches you how to make a hunting pouch from a pair of old boots. Instruction includes historical research, pattern development, applying the pattern to the leather, assembly and dying.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here

Hearth Cooking

What: Learn to prepare a traditional meal over an open fire. Enjoy the smell of wood smoke as hearth cooking expert Sarah Withrow shares her knowledge. Learn to blend traditional techniques with historic and contemporary recipes that are perfect for home entertaining, historic re-enacting or camping.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Basic Blacksmithing

What: Join Nathan Allen as you learn the basics of blacksmithing including drawing, punching, hardening, tempering steel and forge welding. You’ll make projects such as chain links, s-hooks, a fireplace poker, pliers and a fork.

When: Saturday - Sunday, Oct. 7 – 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
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Inkle Weaving

What: Weave straps and sashes appropriate for hunting pouches and powder horns using inkle looms. Learn about material selection, loom design, warping the loom and weaving to create beautiful works of art from master weaver Sue Payne. This class is suitable for beginners as well as weavers with more advanced skills.
When: Saturday – Sunday, Oct. 7 – 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Stock Carving & Silver Wire Inlay


What: Master gunsmith John Schippers will help you learn the basics of two fundamental techniques of decorating longrifles, tomahawks and knives: relief carving and silver wire inlay. Utilizing practice pieces, you will learn how to design and execute decorative motifs, and make your own tools and keep them sharp. You’ll also pick up other tips and techniques from John that he has mastered over his 50 year career as a gunsmith.
When: Saturday – Sunday, Oct. 7 – 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Advanced Hornworking: Lehigh Valley Screw Tip Horn

What: Work alongside master hornsmith Art DeCamp to make a traditional horn in the Lehigh Valley style. You’ll be introduced to a wide variety of topics including the history and design of horns and their proper architecture, horn selection, heating and shaping, lathe turning and horn threading. Plus, you’ll get many tips and techniques for reproducing period-correct powder horns and finishes. You’re encouraged to bring unfinished horn projects to class for assistance in finishing. If you don’t have one, you’ll get the opportunity to produce a pressed flat horn.
When: Saturday – Tuesday, Oct. 7 – 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Custom Knife Sheaths

What: Folk artist and leatherworker Ken Scott will show you the many tips and techniques used in making knife sheaths for all styles of working knives. Please bring the knives you want to sheath to class.
When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Forging Damascus Steel

What: Let the sparks fly as you learn to make Damascus steel. Blacksmith Nathan Allen will teach the fundamentals of making pattern welded steel from proper steel selection to basic pattern development. Traditional coal forges, anvil, and both hand- and power-hammer forging techniques will be used to make a billet of Damascus steel. The goal of the class is to get the billet forged and make at least one forged knife blank. If you are interested in completing a knife, you’ll also want to sign up for the knifesmithing class.

When: Monday – Tuesday, Oct. 9 – 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Leatherworking

What: Join Ken Scott as he teaches you his unique style of making hunting bags and pouches. Through pattern development, cutting, stitching, finishing, and basic leatherworking techniques, you’ll create a one of a kind hunting pouch. You’ll also learn Ken’s unique antiquing methods.
When: Monday – Tuesday, Oct. 9 – 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here



Engraving

What: Master engraver and author of Engraving Historic Firearms, John Schippers, teaches you the art of metal engraving. Using practice pieces, you’ll learn basic design, tool selection and sharpening techniques. Also, you’ll have the opportunity at the bench to practice and receive critique on the techniques learned in class.
When: Monday – Friday, Oct. 9 – 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Axe Forging

What: Explore traditional forging techniques with blacksmith Nathan Allen. Examine stylistic differences and construction techniques used on historic axes, and then forge and finish a traditional tomahawk and “Fort Meigs” style hatchet.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday – Friday, Oct. 12 – 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Horn Accouterments

What: Work with hornsmith Art DeCamp to challenge your hornworking skills through the manufacture of small items made of horn. Make several items such as spoons, cups and lantern panes. Discover techniques related to turning horn, making a “chimed” bottom and also learning how to make molds for pressing horn items. Instruction will also be given on period appropriate surface finishing and coloring horn.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday – Friday, Oct. 12 – 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information and tickets: Here


Knifesmithing

What: Under the guidance of Dwight Gallian, you’ll learn about the history and creation of a traditional hand-forged knife. Topics include proper steel selection, use of a coal forge and anvil, filing, and finishing a handle. You can expect to complete at least one knife during class.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday – Friday, Oct. 12 – 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
More information and tickets: Here


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