41st Annual Series of Early American Trades and


Historic Preservation Workshops




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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 )


Workshop Schedule



June 5 - 7 (3 Days) :: Limit: 8 Students :: Fee: $255.00
Designed to teach participants the basics of Period Stone Masonry. The topics 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 spends time working on a small project to help aid in understanding the process.

Sam McKinney, independent scholar and operator of “Traditional Builder” in Dillsburg PA


June 9 - 11 (2 ½ days – Fri afternoon, Saturday, Sunday) :: Limit: 12 students :: Fee: $350.00

Clothes may make the person, but accessories make the outfit. Learn how to build a Federal Era wardrobe and discover sources for inspiration in period images and extant garments. Students will fit and construct various early 19th-century accessories for men and women, to give basic outfits finishing touches for greater authenticity. Instructors will offer assistance with already-made garments to improve historical accuracy and comfort. Intermediate hand-sewing skills required. Fee includes materials necessary to complete the accessories.

Kirsten Hammerstrom has decades of sewing experience and is currently Director of Collections at R.I. Historical Society. She also blogs about living history, sewing and museums at kittycalash.com. Bryan Kennedy is a dedicated enactor and has been recreating clothes for more than two decades; he may be found on the web at Drunktailor.blogspot.com.


June 16 - 18 (3 days) :: Limit: 10 students :: Fee: $325.00

Preparing to create our own dessert collation table for the ballroom, we look at various 18th century English cookery books-including those by Hannah Glasse , Elizabeth Raffald, Charles Carter, John Farley and John Nott, then prepare a selection of items baked in a brick wall oven and cast iron bake kettle. We also make various other dessert items-creams, syllabubs, boiled puddings, marzipan and assorted sweetmeats.

Niel De Marino is a renowned culinary historian who is at home in the 18th century. He is 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.”



June 23 - 24 (2 days) :: Limit: NONE :: Fee: $465.00

Program fee includes lunch both days, a reception on Friday, and a period dinner at Brigg’s Tavern on Saturday evening. Participants are encouraged to bring ceramics from their collections for display and discussion.

This year we explore the connections between people and pots, from the extensive family connections that bind rural potters to their trade, to the global networks that bring foreign goods to domestic consumers. We also discuss how the exchange of ideas flows across space and time through the movement of people and goods, craft and trade.

Katelyn Coughlan, Archaeological Analyst at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Beneath the Surface: A Glimpse at Ceramic Artifacts from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Lecture discusses ceramic consumption at Monticello and explores the wide variety of both domestic and imported wares found across the plantation. We highlight the role archaeology plays in understanding the acquisition of these ceramics by both the Jeffersons and the enslaved population living in and around the main house.

Rob Hunter, Editor of “Ceramics in America”
Does Ceramic History Matter? An Evaluation of Ceramics in America

Over 17 years, Ceramics in America, published by the Chipstone Foundation, has featured dozens of major articles on 400 years of American ceramics history. This presentation reviews some of the many highlights, and more importantly, outlines directions for the next decade of much needed research.

Deborah Miller, Archaeologist, AECOM and Brenda Hornsby-Heindl, Ceramics Department Head, Jeffery S. Evans and Associates
Family, Form and Functionality: Potters and Pottery from Washington County, Virginia
Backcountry ceramics capture the spirit of American ingenuity, bearing witness to the hardscrabble life of early artisans, tradesmen and their kin. Such is true for pottery made along the Great Road, where potters in the mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia established the rich pottery traditions that we know today.

Hal Pugh and Eleanor Pugh, Proprietors, New Salem Pottery
Quakers: The Muted Potters of Influence
Lecture explores the Quaker Potters of North Carolina and the interrelationship of religion, family, marriage, and apprenticeship within and outside of the state. Topics include the innovation of their craft, the influence of resource location, trade, and sharing of ideas. The Pughs will also demonstrate wheel throwing, pipe making and slip decorating.

Andrew Richmond, President, Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals
Potters and Pottery and Things That Go: Production, Trade, and Consumption in
19th-C. Ohio (and Beyond)

The opening of the Northwest Territory in 1788 brought waves of immigrants, including potters, from all points in America and beyond. The vast river system in the land that would become Ohio made it a prime spot to make and distribute pottery, and before long, the development of canals and railroads further increased market connectivity...then things really got interesting.

Jonathan Rickard, Collector and Author
Dipped Ware Discoveries - Things we've learned in the last twenty years.

Tour Don Carpentier’s pottery workshop with Scott Penpraze of Historic Eastfield Foundation. Scott also demonstrates some of the equipment used in the shop to produce plates, cups and bowls.

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


June 27 - 30 (4 days) :: Limit: 8 students :: Fee: $325.00
Students gain an understanding of the traditional tools and methods used for the construction of historic plaster walls. Mr. Adam discusses the tools and materials used today to achieve period effects. Session gives students an opportunity to understand the installation of different types of historic and modern lath and to practice plastering in an onsite period room. Different period finishes and repairs to existing historic plaster are discussed and demonstrated.

Robert Adam is founder and former department chair of Preservation Carpentry, North Bennet School, Boston MA., a working craftsman, and consultant to preservation projects and museums.


July 8 - 9 (2 days)
Limit: 12 students Fee: $250.00
Scherenschnitte, German for “scissor cuts,” is the art of intricate paper-cutting design brought to America in the 18th century by immigrants. Students examine the history of paper-cutting with a focus on artwork in early 19th century America, and are introduced to a variety of simple cutting techniques, then can graduate to elaborate compositions. All students receive a list of materials to bring.

Pamela Dalton has been a paper-cutting artist for over 40 years. Her artwork is collected worldwide and has been exhibited by many folk art museums.


July 10 – 12 (3 days) :: Limit: 8 students :: Fee: $350.00

Course explores the techniques of 18th and 19th century printing from type founding and type setting to the design and pulling of broadsides, ephemera and small pamphlets. Students practice the "black art" in the recently re-organized Thomas Farm Print Shop utilizing Eastfield's Columbian and Washington
hand-presses and Gordon clamshell press. Participants will also be setting display-sized contents from Eastfield's collection of period type fonts and cuts.

Greg Joly, printer, Bull Thistle Press, Jamaica VT and Dr. Ed Rayher, type founder and printer, Swamp Press, Northfield MA


July 14 - 16 (3 days) :: Limit: 6 students :: Fee: $375.00
Course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic tools and processes of blacksmithing. Through a series of practical projects, skill development in such techniques as drawing out, upsetting, bending, twisting, and other forming methods are covered as well as more advanced subjects such as welding, brazing, and the heat treating of carbon steel for edged tools. The remaining time will be devoted to small projects of the student's choice.

Olof Jansson, blacksmith for over 30 years, has specialized in making items for museums and historic sites in the Mohawk Valley and Capital District of N Y State.

9. TIN I: Beginning Tinsmithing

July 31 – August 4 (5 days) :: Limit: 8 students :: Fee $460.00

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 tools 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.

William McMillen, Master Tinsmith, Glenmont NY.


July 31 – August 4 (5 days) :: Limit: 10 students :: Fee: $475.00

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.
Open to all skill levels.

Rich Friberg is a retired Historic Preservation instructor, North Bennet Street School, Boston MA, and proprietor of Pleasant Ave Restorations, MA.

11. TEXTILES OF THE FINEST SORTS – Swags, Festoons, Carpets, and Druggets

August 12 -13 (2 days) :: Limit: NONE :: Fee: $225/2 days, $135/1 day

2-day intensive workshop on the fabrics and styles of drapery and carpet from 1790 to 1840. On Saturday, students examine simple window treatments that let light in and kept bugs out, and ornate treatments that displayed wealth and status in prestigious homes. On Sunday, students examine surviving examples of woven fiber coverings, Venetian grass matting, and the Druggets that kept them safe. Students receive samples of reproduction carpets for reference, and will make simple swags and festoons for their own homes.

Rabbit Goody is an acclaimed textile historian, researcher, lecturer and consultant, and owner, designer, and master weaver at Thistle Hill Weavers.

PLEASE NOTE: To register, please contact Rabbit Goody directly at 518-284-2729 or rabbitgoodythw@gmail.com


August 19 - 20 (2 days) :: Limit: 8 students :: Fee: $325.00

A Master Class for students who have already made an 18th C. English gown or other fashionable gown and have hand-sewing proficiency, and who seek to advance their skills to the next level. Concentrating on Fit and Construction, participants bring their own muslin, and learn proper fitting of key elements: waistline, bodice length, shoulder straps, armscye, etc. Using original garments to illustrate correct construction, students learn about the geometry of back pleats-to-lining, hem treatments, setting in a sleeve, methods and attachment of skirt pleats, cuffs and flounces, and more.

Hallie Larkin and Stephanie Smith are the well-known proprietors-- and bloggers-- "At the Sign of the Golden Scissors." They are renowned for the depth of research, technical skill, and historical accuracy they bring to their classes, and to their patterns and other products.


August 21 - 26 (6 Days) :: Limit 5 Students :: Fee $550.00

Students learn the fundamental techniques needed to build a pair of 18th century welted common shoes. Students are provided with materials, a pair of pre-sewn uppers, and taught skills necessary to complete a pair of shoes for themselves. Over the course of the week, students also have the opportunity to explore various contemporary shoemaking and leather related treatises and handle numerous original shoemaking tools from the period.

Shaun A Pekar is an independent historic shoemaker and leatherworker, and proprietor of “S. Pekar, Shoe and Accoutrement Maker,” a business specializing in 18th and 19th century reproduction leather items.

14. TIN II: Advanced Tinsmithing

August 21 - 25 (5 days)
Limit: 8 Students Fee: $475.00

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.

William McMillen, Master Tinsmith, Glenmont NY


September 8 – 10 (3 days) :: Limit: 8 students :: Fee: $325.00

Working from various 18th and 19th century English and American cookery books, we utilize the hearth, brick wall oven and bake kettles, to prepare various meat and vegetable dishes, both sweet and savory puddings and pies, soups, and various baked goods.

Niel De Marino is a renowned culinary historian who is at home in the 18th century. He is proprietor of "The Georgian Kitchen", a bakery specializing in period correct baked goods and food items.

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For over 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 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 more than twenty 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 with lively conversations. 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 his/her 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 - continues 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.

Special Events and Tours - Eastfield's 3nd Annual Founder's Day will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017. 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 his/her space in class and 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.)

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

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 )