Published DateCANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village announces its 2013 schedule of Shaker inspired workshops. This year's schedule features traditional Shaker crafts such as broom making and letterpress; woodworking classes in bowl turning, traditional oval boxes and Christmas ornaments; cooking classes in Shaker baking, gluten free and vegan baking, and herbal and fruit cordial making; and a three-part herbalist series.
Highlights from the 2013 workshop schedule include guest instructor, Spotlight Award nominated Executive Chef at the Portsmouth Brewery and former Chef at The Shaker Table, Todd Sweet. During Shaker Baking on November 3, Sweet will demonstrate traditional Shaker recipes gleaned from manuscripts and cookbooks and devote special attention to preparing a perfect pie crust. The workshop runs from 1-3 p.m. and costs $30 (members)/ $33 (non-members).
Steve Grasseli, noted Shaker Oval Box maker from Syracuse, NY will lead a two-day workshop on July 26 and 27 where participants will make their own nest of four oval boxes as they learn to bend wood, carve swallow tails, and fit box tops and bottoms in this weekend workshop. Grasseli will provide authentic Shaker artifact boxes as samples. No woodworking experience is required to participate. The workshop will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days and the fee is $220 (members)/ $242 (non-members).
Maria Noel Groves, a clinical herbalist based in Allenstown, will lead a three-part Herbalist Series on June 22, August 3 and September 7. The workshops are a unique opportunity to get to know common, useful medicinal plants. The workshops take advantage of the scenic gardens, fields, woodlands, and garden barn of the historic Canterbury Shaker Village. Topics will include Flowers and Flavor on June 22, Peak of the Season on August 3 and Autumn Barks, Berries and Roots on September 7. Workshops will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day and participants may register for workshops individually or as a complete series. Cost is $44 (members)/ $49.50 (non-members) per class. Groves will also host Shaken, Not Stirred: Herb and Fruit Cordials on November 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and the cost is $45 (members)/ $49.50 (non-members).
Popular Village demonstrators Jim McNab and Everett Bailey will be offering traditional Shaker craft workshops in letterpress and broom making respectively. McNab's one day letterpress workshops on June 8, August 10 and October 5 allow participants to set up and print their own project on a hand fed 19th century platen printing press. Letterpress workshops are held 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and the fee is $90 (members)/ $99 (non-members) without materials or $10 more with materials.
During Everett Bailey's one day broom making workshops on June 19, July 14 and August 25, he will guide participants in the skill of basic broom making. At the end of this workshop, each participant will take home a completed Shaker style broom that offers something out of the ordinary. Broom making workshops are held 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and cost $75 (members)/ $82.50 (non-members).
The 2013 Canterbury Shaker Village Workshops compliment a yearlong calendar of special events at the Village. Upcoming special events include "Traveling Home," a choral concert by Kevin Siegfried on Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m.; "Naturally simple...naturally Shaker," the annual gathering and auction benefiting Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday, July 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Mother Ann Day celebration and concert on Sunday, August 4.