43rd Annual Series of Early American Trades and


Historic Preservation Workshops




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


Workshop Schedule




  June 21-23                                                                                                             Fee: $300.00
  Limit:  no limit

This year’s “Dish Camp” turns its attention to the extensive networks of the Atlantic World, where a swift moving current of goods, ideas, and political discord shaped a newly emerging American culture. Drawing from archival, archaeological and experimental breakthroughs, we explore the influences that drove ceramic production abroad and locally, as well as what inspired American consumers to purchase them. 

Long Island Red Earthenware: A Review and New Discoveries
Were 19th century slip-decorated red earthenware dishes from Long Island made in Huntington, Greenport, or both? This presentation looks at the slip-script and slip-stamping of these potteries, as well as their similarities to the earlier wares that inspired them. Anthony Butera, Collector

A New Window on Ohio’s Early Pottery Industry
Ongoing excavations at the Nathaniel Clark pottery site in Southeastern Ohio, coupled with a robust documentary record, have provided insight into the methods used and products created at the pottery, as well as details about the socio-economic contexts in which it operated. This offers a new window into the local and regional development of an early craft industry that would become an important economic sector in the upper Ohio River valley.
Wesley Clarke, Archaeologist, The Castle, Marietta OH

Breaking the Chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement
Recognizing that a picture was worth 1,000 words, abolitionists used ceramics decorated with anti-slavery images to raise awareness of the plight of enslaved people, help supporters identify with the cause, and to raise funds for activities.  Ron Fuchs, Curator, The Reeves Collection at Washington and Lee University VA

All Red Earthenwares are Local, Except When They’re Not
Red and sometimes buff-bodied, earthenware pots were common props in genre scenes by Dutch Golden Age painters. Dutch settlers in New Netherland brought these types of ceramics with them to America, but when did potters here start to make Dutch-shaped pots with American clays? Pots of Dutch or Dutch-American manufacture are found on the majority of 17th century sites where the Dutch settled or traded. We will discuss shapes, functions, and possible places of manufacture of these simple yet indispensable vessels.  Meta Janowitz, Archaeologist, School of Visual Arts, New York City

‘May the Winds and Seas Be Propitious': Wedgwood and the American Market
While exports to Europe assumed a significant portion of Wedgwood’s business, he was slow to develop the North American market. Americans believed his products were the "superior kind," but they also commented that the prices were "exorbitantly high." Did the love of cheap crockery keep Wedgwood from becoming a bigger success in America? This lecture explores his connections to the American market using objects with histories, advertisements, letters, and orders from the Wedgwood Archive as sources.  Amanda Lange, Curatorial Department Director and Curator of Historic Interiors, Historic Deerfield MA

Military and Merchantman: The Ceramics of Delaware’s Deep 
The unpredictable weather of the Delaware Cape spelled the demise of two late 18th century sailing vessels, one a British Navy sloop-of-war and the other a Dutch merchantman. The ceramics recovered from these wrecks are considered amid the shifting political winds of the time, shipboard life, and our new Nation’s demand for manufactured goods. Paul Nasca, Curator of Archaeology, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

Slave Ships and Fingerprints: Reflections on Stoneware Collections at the Smithsonian Museum of American History
My work as a potter is deeply influenced by early American stoneware. This presentation discusses my recent Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship studying the Remensnyder collection of American Stoneware. I look at early New Jersey and Manhattan potters, touching on the 1818 Morgan Slave Trading Scandal, shared motifs between David Morgan/Commeraw and New Jersey potteries, and some formal continuities with old world antecedents.  Mark Shapiro, Proprietor, Stonepool Pottery

The Mysteries of Feature 16 (and Beyond): Archaeology at the Museum of the American Revolution Site
Prior to the construction of the Museum of the American Revolution, archaeology uncovered over 85,000 artifacts from a dozen privies and other features. This presentation shares some of these discoveries, what those objects have to teach us about our neighborhood during the Revolution, and how the Museum presents these archaeological ceramics to the public.  Mark Turdo, Curator, Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia PA


  June 26-28 (3 days)                                                                                                   Fee $375.00
  Limit: 8 students
Students become familiar with complex molding planes and learn how their intricate blade shapes changed over the 18th and early 19th centuries. Proper sharpening, cleaning, and tuning techniques are taught. Attendees will make moldings and learn how to properly install the trimwork on the interior windows of Eastfield’s Briggs Tavern.  Robert Adam is the founder and former department chair of Preservation Carpentry, North Bennet Street School, Boston MA. He is a working craftsman and consultant to preservation projects and museums. William McMillen is the retired supervisor of restoration at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island NY, and consults with numerous historic sites and museums.


  June 28-30 (3 days)                                                                                                   Fee: $375.00
  Limit: 6 students
Course familiarizes students 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 New York State.


  July 22-23 (2 days)                                                                                                   Fee $300.00
  Limit: no limit
Covering the period of 1502 to the early 19th century, students have the opportunity to examine actual coins and paper money used in early America, and to understand their values. In addition, other mediums of exchange like wampum and trade goods are studied, and surviving records are analyzed that tell us about how tradesmen interacted with both monetary and barter exchanges. A highlight of the program is a hands-on demonstration of a reproduction coin press, similar to one used in 17th-century Boston. Participants get to make their own reproduction coins.  Erik Goldstein is the Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts and Numismatics at Colonial Williamsburg VA and an advanced collector of early American currency. Tom Kelleher is Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village MA, where he has worked for more than 30 years.


  July 29 - 31 (3 days)                                                                                                 Fee $375.00
  Limit: 8 students
Students learn how to mix and apply the traditional three-coat plaster method for wood lath interior walls and masonry exterior walls. After some practice, students have the chance to apply their skills to a wall in the Briggs Tavern. Students learn about modern materials and methods that can be used for flat-wall plastering and repairs. In addition, students are introduced to the process of decorative plastering such as ceiling medallions, crown moldings, and embellishments.  David Gibney is an award-winning preservationist and was the owner of Historic Restoration Specialists. He currently serves as an instructor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE program (Hands On Preservation Experience), and frequently works with HistoriCorps, a 501(c)3 that provides volunteers to help restore historic sites. He lives in Smithsburg MD.


  August 5-7 (3 days)                                                                                                  Fee $375.00
  Limit: 5 students
This intermediate to advanced blacksmithing course is designed to teach students the traditional methods for making functional examples of iconic Early American iron hardware; an 18th century-style knocker latch and an 18th-century Suffolk-style thumb latch, both with their necessary components. Any remaining time may be used to make another latch of the student’s choice.  Steve Mankowski is the current owner of Pine Tree Forge, VA and was a journeyman at the Anderson Blacksmith Shop in Colonial Williamsburg VA, where he worked for more than 30 years. He has researched and made fine reproduction hardware for home and museum restorations all over the country.


  August 9-10 (2 days)                                                                                               Fee: $300.00
  Limit: no limit
The characteristics and popularity of various textiles used for clothing worn during the United States’ first 100 years is the topic of this workshop. Students learn about the types of cloth used for particular garments, color and pattern in cloth, and how to identify appropriate modern textiles for the creation of reproductions for display or for wearing. A field trip to the Albany Institute of History and Art provides a behind the scenes tour of the new exhibition The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle plus an opportunity to examine historic clothing from the museum’s collection with Chief Curator W. Douglas McCombs and Curator Diane Shewchuk.
Presenters: Kara Bocek, proprietor of Corner Clothiers, Frederick MD; Angela Burnley, independent researcher and proprietor of Burnley & Trowbridge Co., Williamsburg VA; Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, Museum Director and Chief Curator, DAR Museum, Washington DC; Eliza West, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware; Sarah Woodyard, former Journeywoman Milliner, Margaret Hunter Shop, Colonial Williamsburg VA.


  August 12-16 (5 days)                                                                                             Fee $460.00
  Limit: 8 students
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; Steve Delisle, Journeyman Tinsmith, Anderson Armory Tinshop, Colonial Williamsburg VA.


  August 12-16 (5 days)                                                                                           Fee: $480.00
  Limit: 4 students
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. This workshop is held at the same time as TIN IWilliam McMillen, Master Tinsmith, Glenmont NY; Steve Delisle, Journeyman Tinsmith, Anderson Armory Tinshop, Colonial Williamsburg VA.


  August 13-15 (3 days)                                                                                            Fee: $350.00
  Limit: 8 students
Participants prepare ordinary meals from the late 18th and early 19th centuries on the wood-fired hearth. We consider the art of the cooking fire, and prepare typical meals using historical recipes and techniques, emphasizing seasonal availability of foodstuffs. The course focuses on the diet of common people, exploring various period methods for baking, broiling, roasting, frying, and boiling. All ingredients are supplied -- participants will feast on their creations for breakfast, lunch, and supper.  Steve Frysinger has been cooking 18th and 19th century meals on the hearth for over 35 years and is a regular food-ways interpreter at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton VA.


  August 13-15 (3 days)                                                                                              Fee $375.00
  Limit: 4 students
Participants learn both broadside and simple book formats of the printing process on Eastfield’s original iron hand presses. Students set type and take turns in the inking and printing of the presses. The workshop also examines the functioning, set up, adjustment, and operation of presses. Attendees gain the skills needed to achieve high levels of printing quality using basic tools. Stephen Sword  of Ontario, Canada, is a printing historian and the owner of  stiff ’n’ sore press, which specializes in historic letterpress techniques. Greg Joly is a Historic Eastfield Foundation trustee and the owner of Bull Thistle Press, Jamaica VT.


  August 19-23 (5 days)                                                                                             Fee: $480.00
  Limit: 4 students
Designed for those who would like to produce tinware items in the 18th-century manner both civilian and military, using only hand tools and methods. Students are encouraged to produce patterns from many available documented 18th-century items. All tin and tools are provided.  William McMillen, Master Tinsmith, Glenmont NY; Steve Delisle, Journeyman Tinsmith, Anderson Armory Tinshop, Colonial Williamsburg, VA.


  October 18-20 (3 days)                                                                                             Fee: $350.00
  Limit: 6 students
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.




For 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 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 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.”

     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 in southern Rensselaer County NY. (Driving directions are sent upon receipt of deposit.)



Eastfield's 5th Annual Founder's Day is held on Saturday, September 21, 2019.


With the historic buildings open and staffed with talented craftspeople and interpreters, this special day is the chief fund raising event of the year.  Come celebrate Don Carpentier’s vision at this festive affair.

Please enclose a check made out to:
and send to:

Historic Eastfield Foundation
Box 249
Hoosick NY 12089
Phone 518-462-1264

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


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.)