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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 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...

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.

Botanical Printmaking
This one day workshop guides students in the creation of an original botanical lino-cut print. Students will start the day in the gardens identifying and photographing botanical structures and plants, then move into the classroom to learn the process of linoleum printmaking. Students will leave with one-of-a-kind original prints.

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.

Flintknapping
A beginners guide to the art of working stone, from flaking to shaping and arrowheads to gun flints. This is ancient skill that dates back hundreds of thousands of years, and was used in frontier Texas by the Native Texans and the settlers. A taste of cutting stone, taught at a Native Texan site. Students must bring gloves and protective eyewear.

Floral Painting Workshop
Join our sustainable agriculture experts for a guided floral painting experience! Students will be guided through a step-by-step process to learn the basics of painting with acrylics, and gain experience in basic painting skills like color mixing and brush strokes. All students will complete the course having created their own original acrylic floral painting.

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. Class meets in an historic wood shop. This is a hands-on and demonstration class.

Intermediate Stained Glass Workshop
This course is for people that have had some experience making stained glass panels. In this course the instructor will help students with larger more complex glass projects. Students will have the option of using copper foil or lead technique. The size of the projects will be approximately 15” by 15.”

Introduction to Stained Glass
Stained Glass Workshop (Copper Foil Technique). Learn the basics of stained glass in this introductory hands-on class. Each student will learn the skills to complete a beautiful stained glass panel, including glass cutting, grinding, soldering, and finishing following the copper foil method (derived by L. C. Tiffany). No previous experience with glass is required. All tools, materials, and...

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.

The Art of Glass Mosaics
Tap into your creative side and discover how fun and easy it is to construct beautiful works of art with mosaics. Students will learn the basics of glass mosaics including cutting, layout/design, affixing the materials, grouting, and finishing in this introductory hands-on class. Each student will complete one project. No previous experience is required. All tools, materials, and necessary...


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