39th Annual Series of Early American Trades and


Historic Preservation Workshops




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June 2-3 (2 Days) :: $255.00 Fee :: Limit of 8 Students


This course is designed to teach the participants the basics of Period Stone Masonry. The topics will include the nature and composition of early stone walls, dry laid stone vs mortared walls, and hand tools used to cut and shape stones. There will be a short presentation showing historical styles of walls and pointing used on them. The class will spend time working on a small project to help aid in understanding the process. Instructor:Sam McKinney, independent scholar and operator of Traditional Builder, Dillsburg PA




June 12-14 (3 Days) :: $225.00 Fee :: Limit 25 Students


How do we know what we know? And what makes a good reproduction? This workshop is very different from past textile workshops at Eastfield. This is a hands-on dating and identifying workshop with an added weaving component. (No experience necessary.)

We date and identify everyday textiles including towels, blankets, coverlets, bed hangings, aprons and simple clothing fabrics. We put these pieces in historic context and then explore what makes a good, better, or an unacceptable reproduction. We set up a timber frame loom and have small modern handlooms set up with patterns from the fabrics that we examine so that we can illustrate aspects of historic reproductions.

Weavers and non-weavers, curators, and textile enthusiasts are all welcome. Weavers may bring portable looms. Participants are encouraged to bring textiles for identification.

Saturday night dinner at the tavern ($30.) Guests are welcome, please let us know the number of guests.

Instructors: Rabbit Goody, Textile Historian, Founder and Owner of Thistle Hill Weavers, and Jill Maney, Independent Scholar and Business Manager, Thistle Hill Weavers

To register for this program please PHONE 518-284-2729 or email rabbitgoodythw@gmail.com


Four Centuries of Ceramics Discoveries


June 20-21 (2 Days) :: $330.00 Fee :: No Limit


Archaeological, archival, and experimental discoveries bring a rich understanding of the people and the social environment in which ceramics have been part of the lives of Americans since the earliest European settlements.

JACQUI PEARCE of Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) will discuss 17th century ceramic finds from London sites in a parallel talk with BLY STRAUBE of Jamestown Rediscovery, investigating the rich archaeological finds from Virginia of that period.

SAM HERRUP, Massachusetts antiques dealer, will cover a slip-decorated red earthenware jar and cover and its connection to the potteries of 18th century Charlestown, MA.

MARA KAKTINS of the archaeological research team at Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Virginia birthplace, will deal with excavated creamware and Chinese porcelain with home-made repairs, likely by Mary Ball Washington, George’s mother.

RICK HAMELIN, redware potter, recounts the lives of 19th century Massachusetts country potters, and demonstrates processes in his witty, fluid style.

ALLEN MILLER, curatorial consultant, will reveal the ceramics associated with Hyde Hall, the lovely neoclassical country house at the head of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY.

JONATHAN RICKARD, collector and author, will remember Don Carpentier, founder and director of Eastfield Village and his contributions to our collective knowledge of the English pottery factory system and techniques of manufacture as a 20th century self-taught potter and inventor.

A Saturday evening tavern dinner will be prepared hearthside as a part of the dish camp experience. Please bring pots and sherds for display and discussion.

Please note: The annual HISTORICAL CERAMICS SYMPOSIUM is partially funded by the Historic Eastfield Foundation via the Echo Evetts Fund.




July 24,25,26 (3 Days) :: $375.00 Fee :: Limit of 6 Students


This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic techniques of blacksmithing. The processes of drawing out, upsetting, bending, twisting, heat treating, welding, and managing the forge fire will be covered. Students then begin by making their own set of forge tools. The remaining time will be spent on small projects of the student’s choice.

Instructor: Olof Jansson, blacksmith for 30 years, specializing in making items for museums and historic sites in the Capital District of NY State and the Mohawk Valley.




Aug 3-7 (5 Days) :: $475.00 Fee :: Limit of 10 Students


Designed to teach the fundamentals of historic timber work, this course offers students the opportunity to construct a timber frame structure incorporating traditional mortise and tenon and other joints. This framing example gives students an understanding of the layout and construction of historic timber frames, including barns and dwellings. Construction is done using traditional tools including framing chisels, hand crosscut and rip saws, marking gauges and hand boring machines. Topics include: layout and cutting of sills, posts, floor framing, braces, tie-girts, rafters, purlins and studding, draw boring and pinning, square rule and scribe rule systems. This class is open to all skill levels.

Instructor: Rich Friburg, Historic Preservation instructor, North Bennet School, Boston, MA




Aug 6-8 (3 days) :: $350.00 Fee :: Limit of 6 Students


Designed specifically for those who wish to learn the techniques used in the preservation, restoration and reproduction of 18th and 19th century window sash and frames. After an in-depth survey of early window styles and details, students examine period examples and study tools and materials used in their construction. The actual repair and restoration of an original sash by each participant follows.

Instructor: Denis Semprebon was instructor in the Preservation Carpentry program at North Bennet Street School for 19 years. He currently works on historic buildings in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill areas of Boston with his company Beacon Hill Restoration.




August 10-14 (5 days) :: $440.00 Fee :: Limit of 8 Students


An introduction to the art of tinning designed to provide a basic working knowledge of late 18th and early 19th century tinning tools, construction techniques and pattern layout. The history of American tinning is covered in an illustrated talk. Students construct 9 reproduction items including a one-pint mug, a wall sconce, and a coffee pot. All projects are based on traditional designs, using period tool and methods. All tools and tin are supplied for the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of tin ware and tools for examination, discussion and use.

Instructor: William McMillen, Master Tinsmith, Glenmont, NY and Annie Wickersty, Staten Island, NY




August 17-19 (3 days) :: $375.00 Fee :: Limit of 12 Students


This program focuses on the proper care, maintenance and repair of historic headstones in old cemeteries. We begin with lectures showing recent work that the instructor has done and show the steps involved in the process. He explains how to evaluate and plan for the work needing to done. Following these lectures students will be taught, both by demonstrations and actual hands-on work, how to properly clean and repair old headstones. Several old cemeteries will be visited near Eastfield and students will be able to work on some of the early headstones in the cemetery in front of the church at Eastfield. All materials are supplied. Participants are encouraged to bring photos from their local cemeteries for discussion.

Instructor: Joe Ferrannini, proprietor of Grave Stone Matter, Hoosick Falls, NY




August 14-16 (3 Days) :: $325.00 Fee :: Limit of 10 Students


Working from "The Art of Cookery" by Hannah Glasse, first published in 1747, which appeared in 20 editions in the 18th century, and continued to be published until 1843, students utilize the hearth, brick wall oven and bake kettles, in preparing various meat and vegetable dishes, both sweet and savory; puddings and pies, and various baked goods.

Instructor: Niel deMarino, a renowned culinary historian, is at home in the 18th century. Niel is the proprietor of “The Georgian Kitchen”, a bakery specializing in period-correct baked goods and food items. He has appeared in the PBS series American Experience in the films "John and Abigail Adams" and "Alexander Hamilton."




August 24-28 (5 days) :: $475.00 Fee :: Limit of 8 Students


Course is designed for those who already have experience and a good basic knowledge of construction methods as well as the use of standard tin tools. Students have access to a large collection of tin sconces, lanterns, chandeliers, candle sticks, crooked spout coffee pots, roasting kitchens, etc. which they are invited to examine, measure and copy with the expert help of the instructor. All tools and tin are supplied for the workshop but participants are encouraged to bring examples of tin ware and tools for examination, discussion and use.


Instructor: William McMillen, Master Tinsmith, Glenmont NY


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For nearly four decades, the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops has offered workshops and symposia in the traditional trades and domestic arts. The Historic Eastfield Foundation is pleased to continue that legacy. Our goal is to maintain the highest educational standards, with instructors who are leaders in their fields. The in-depth, hands-on workshops appeal to a wide range of students, including tradesmen, craftsmen, and museum personnel seeking to advance their knowledge and skills, as well as homeowners looking to deal with issues concerning historic home maintenance and restoration.

Preservation Laboratory - Eastfield Village is not a museum open to the public. Its creator, Donald Carpentier, assembled the twenty or so buildings and the thousands of architectural elements, tools and artifacts specifically to serve as a study collection; the Village itself is an educational tool. Combine this unique preservation laboratory with gifted instructors who are eager to share their expertise and the result is a level of detail and depth to the courses that only Eastfield can offer.

Unique Experience - The lure of Eastfield is more than its exceptional curriculum. Students who take classes at the Village are encouraged to live there during their courses. Meals may be cooked in the late 18th century kitchens. Accommodations are rope beds with straw and feather ticks. Most evenings there are gatherings in the Briggs Tavern and lively conversations in front of a cozy fireplace. This immersion experience offers an unforgettable opportunity to be with others - students and teachers - of similar interests, and to gain an appreciation for the work and daily life of pre-industrial America.

Lodging at Eastfield - Eastfield's taverns are available FREE OF CHARGE for those wishing to stay as our guests in early 19th century accommodations. The only requirement is that each person supply their own bedding, plus 10 ten-inch white candles.

Eastfield Origins - Donald Carpentier moved his first building, a blacksmith's shop, into his father's "east field" in 1971. Over the years, he amassed a collection of buildings and artifacts and established the internationally known Workshops. The stated time period is 1787 – 1840 and all the buildings date from those years. They include a towering Greek Revival church, a thirteen room 18th century tavern and many smaller buildings devoted to the individual trades, including carpentry, tinsmithing, printing and shoemaking.

Historic Eastfield Foundation – Carpentier passed away from ALS in August of 2014, but his life work - Eastfield Village and the Workshops - will continue under the aegis of the Historic Eastfield Foundation. Established by Don in 1990, the not-for-profit Foundation has as its mission "to continue the work of training men and women in a range of early American trades and historic preservation skills, and encouraging crafts persons and preservationists in their efforts to save the technology of the past." Don's family still lives at the Village, and supports the Foundation's efforts to keep alive his passion and vision.

Special Events and Tours - Eastfield's 1st Annual Founder's Day will be held on September 19, 2015. The Village is also open by appointment for tour groups of 10 or more, and is available to rent for special events like weddings, meetings and parties. It may also be rented as a location for commercials and period films. Antiques and reproductions are available for sale in the E.A. Brown General Store by appointment.

Registration - Registration is on a "first come - first serve" basis. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the tuition must accompany the registration and the remainder must be received by Eastfield no later than three (3) weeks prior to the commencement of the workshops, or the registrant will lose their space in class and their deposit. No refunds will be given after six (6) weeks prior to that particular workshop. Eastfield reserves the right to cancel any workshop if minimum subscription levels are not met. In this case, a full refund is given. (Registrants from outside of the United States are asked not to send personal checks. Please send a cashier's check or money order in U.S. funds or use Paypal.)

All payments may be made through PAYPAL using the Eastfield email address eastfieldvillage@gmail.com

Phone 518-462-1264 (Bill McMillen)

Eastfield Village is located in southern Rensselaer County, near the Massachusetts border. (Traveling directions will be sent upon receipt of your deposit.)


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To register, download the PDF registration form and return it with payment to Eastfield Village. (The form may be filled out on your computer, saved, and attached to an email to: eastfieldvillage@gmail.com )