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Basic Blacksmithing 1.0
Learn the basics of blacksmithing, and this class covers the basics of this age-old trade in an informative class. This class offers instruction in everything from operating a forge to hammer techniques to understanding hot metal. Materials will be provided. These classes are held outside or in buildings with little or no heat or air conditioning. Class meets on Saturday and Sunday in an historic...

Basic Blacksmithing 1.0
Learn the basics of blacksmithing, and this class covers the basics of this age-old trade in an informative class. This class offers instruction in everything from operating a forge to hammer techniques to understanding hot metal. Materials will be provided. These classes are held outside or in buildings with little or no heat or air conditioning. Class meets on Saturday and Sunday in an historic...

Basic Blacksmithing 2.0
Once you learn the basics of blacksmithing, it is time to make something. And that is exactly what is in store during this fun and informative class. This class offers instruction in everything from barbecue utensils to decorative garden gee-gaws. Materials will be provided. These classes are held outside or in buildings with little or no heat or air conditioning. Class meets on Saturday and...

Basic Leather Construction
Working leather was a valuable skill on the Texas frontier, and you can learn about leather types, how to cut and sew simple leather items in this beginner class. This four-hour, hands-on class gives you the basics, and our leatherworker will show you several techniques to hone your skills.

Basic Leather Stamping and Tooling
Working leather was a valuable skill on the Texas frontier, and you can learn about leather types, how to prepare, stamp and tool simple designs into your leather in this beginner class. This four-hour, hands-on class gives you the basics, and our leatherworker will show you several techniques to hone your skills.

Basic Weaving
Learn the warps and wefts of weaving in this introductory class. This class offers the basics, so you will know the difference between shedding, picking and battening. Materials provided. This class meets in an historic house site.

Basketweaving
Learn how to make baskets from wood fibers and reeds, to create both decorative and useful containers for your home and garden. Learn the basic techniques in an afternoon, with a take-home project to boot. Materials provided. This class meets in an historic house.

Basic Blacksmithing 2.0
Once you learn the basics of blacksmithing, it is time to make something. And that is exactly what is in store during this fun and informative class. This class offers instruction in everything from barbecue utensils to decorative garden gee-gaws. Materials will be provided. These classes are held outside or in buildings with little or no heat or air conditioning. Class meets on Saturday and...

Candlemaking
Learn how to make candles from paraffin and beeswax, to create both decorative and useful tapers for your home. Learn the basic techniques in an afternoon, with ample dipping opportunities so you can make your own for the holidays. Taught by our candle experts. These classes are held outside or in buildings with little or no heat or air conditioning.

Crochet Basics
Used by the pioneers to create a wide variety of goods, crochet is one of the basic crafts that will start you creating wonderful projects. Students will learn the basic stitches and terminology, and will leave the class with a completed pillow top. Materials are included.

Decorative Metalwork
This introductory class to the decorative side of blacksmithing includes instruction in decorative twists, scrolls, finials and sculptural elements to make any project look beautiful as well as functional. Materials provided. Prior completion of Advanced Hot-Metal class is mandatory. Class meets on Saturday and Sunday in an historic blacksmith shop. Prior completion of Blacksmithing 2.0 is...

Discover Drawing
If you've ever been interested in trying to capture the representation of an object or person on paper, this class will help you learn the basics of drawing. We'll learn composition, shaping an object, negative and positive space, and other techniques for capturing an image with graphite on paper. Required Materials: At least 2 different drawing pencils (I.e. HD, H, or D), charcoal...

Drawing II
If you have some drawing experience, or have taken Discover Drawing and want to delve deeper into capturing an image on paper, this is the class for you. We'll more fully explore figure drawing, try our hand at portraits, and delve into perspective. We'll also work with other drawing mediums besides pencil. Course Materials: drawing pencils, charcoal (vine or stick), pastels, colored...

Drop Spindle Spinning
For 1000's of years people have spun fibers into thread using simple tools, this talent was a staple of home life — and the Texas frontier was no exception. Almost every home had someone who spun the cotton and wool into thread and yarn. For the majority of history the tool used to make thread was a drop spindle which has the benefit of being small and portable. Come commune with...

Hand-Tool Woodworking
Learn the basics of working wood the old-fashioned way. By hand. A short course in the types of hand tools that were used to work with wood in the 1800s, the proper ways to use them and the way to keep them sharp. A fascinating afternoon of hands-on history. In an historic woodshop. Class meets on Sunday in an historic wood shop. This is a hands-on and demonstration class.

Knifemaking
Blacksmithing meets cutlery and weaponry in this specialty class where students apply their skills as a smithy to learn how to make a knife. The sessions include hammer skills, designs and more. Materials provided. Class meets on Saturday and Sunday in an historic blacksmith shop. Prior completion of Blacksmithing 2.0 is required for enrollment in this course.

Knitting: The Basics
The yarn, the needles, the techniques. This information-packed afternoon will instruct you on all the basics about a historic and traditional skill that is super hot these days. You'll also get a taste of the history of knitting, right in our 1800's spinning room, from our resident textiles expert. These classes are held outside or in buildings with little or no heat or air...

Quilting
Quilting has developed from a frugal necessity to a fine art form. Come learn the basics that every pioneer woman learned at her mother's knee. Students will learn basic geometric piecing and various quilting methods. They will leave with two quilted pillow tops and the instructions for finishing them. These classes are held in a historic home with fans but no air conditioning. This is a...

Sewing Plain and Fancy
Learn about the skills of stitches, patterns and basic techniques of sewing in this fast-paced introductory workshop. Materials provided. Taught at an historic house site.

Soap Making
This demonstration class teaches you everything you need to know about making this lathering cleanser, from ingredients to methods to the finished product. Class meets at an historic house site.

Spinning With a Wheel
For hundreds of years after the spinning wheel was invented in the 11th century, this talent was a staple of home life and the Texas frontier was no exception. Almost every home had a spinning wheel that turned the cotton and wool into thread and yarn. Come commune with history and learn time-honored skill that now hip again.

Turkish Calligraphy I
Students will learn the art of Turkish calligraphy. This lettering technique is a unique artistic creation with original roots from the old Ottoman Empire.

Turkish Marbling Art (EBRU) I
This course is an introduction to water marbling (Ebru). Ebru is a traditional Turkish paper art water marbling art where the canvas is the surface of the water and the images are then transferred to paper.


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