Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler 2015

Learn historic trades hands-on in classes under the direction of masters.

Eastfield is a village of historic buildings that Don Carpentier brought to his farm in East Nassau, New York, over a period of forty years. It is an experience of a lifetime to stay in a quiet setting with historic buildings, some of them restored to their original intent such as the tin shop, print shop and blacksmith shop, where tools of those trades are used during the programs. One concession to modern life is Wi Fi access throughout the site.

This year’s program will include printing, knife making, flint knapping, tinsmithing, cooking, floor cloths, planing moldings, and black powder shooting. Each day includes 2 offerings that participants can choose from.

Instructors include Bill Rainford, using planes to create a picture frame molding; Elton Toby Hall broadside printing; George Lott, flint knapping and arrow making; Billy McMillen, tinsmithing and black powder shooting; Olof Jansson, forging a knife; and John Verrill, painting a decorative floor cloth.  Each program is a full day’s activity; some of the workshops will have a modest materials fee.

Registration includes lunches each day. Two nights are accented by domino matches and drinks in the tavern, and a Saturday dinner cooked over a wood fire in the tavern kitchen.

On the other nights, the group generally goes to a local restaurant for dinner at their own expense.

Seating is limited so classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $485 for the four days and includes the daily workshops, sleeping accommodations, morning coffee, lunch, and the Tavern dinner.

Send your payment to John Verrill, Executive Director, EAIA, PO Box 524, Hebron, MD 21830, or contact us by phone at (410) 749-1965 or email executivedirector@earlyamericanindustries.org

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Other questions?

  • Contact us by phone at (410) 749-1965 or email executivedirector@earlyamericanindustries.org


If you’d like to learn more about other classes being offered at Eastfield Village by the Historic Eastfield Foundation during the 2015 season, please take a look at the additional documents here.