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Waterford Craft School Home2018-12-06T19:30:52+00:00

Learn to make by hand

In the historic village of Waterford

The Waterford Craft School seeks to preserve traditional methods used in craft and building arts through hands-on immersive instruction. We enable students to learn make-by-hand skills by offering classes to the public taught by experts in each field.

The school is part of the educational mission of the Waterford Foundation and works with the Waterford Fair to provide opportunities for artisans to demonstrate and teach and for students to experience and learn.

Waterford Craft School Class features:

Hands-on instruction
Crafts & Building Arts
Ages 18 and up
Varying class lengths
Lunch included

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DISCOUNTS

Classes are eligible for Early Bird* and Member** discounts. Find the promotional codes in your cart after you choose your class. 

*Early bird discounts expire 60 before the start of class.

**You must be a member of the Waterford Foundation to use the Member discount or add the membership to your cart at checkout.

2019 CLASSES:

2018-11-09T17:25:11+00:00

Introduction to Calligraphy

This two day class will start with a brief overview of the history of various writing styles and discuss different tools/materials. Over the course of two days, we will explore three different “hands” (styles/fonts), using flat, broad edge nibs. 
July 13 - 14, 2019

2018-11-29T16:45:52+00:00

Introduction to Dyeing

Learn the basics of dyeing.  The techniques taught apply to any fabric but overdyeing wool material is what we will do in this introductory class.  Students will learn to prepare the dye using the right equipment.  Chemical dyes and natural dyes will be used.  Safety will be stressed.  Muttled verse solid dyeing and dip dyeing techniques will be learned as well.
July 13, 2019

2018-11-09T15:19:42+00:00

Introduction to Hand-Woven Cane

Learn the history, origin, and preservation of woven seats, how to prepare the materials to be used and what size cane to use. The chair seat itself will be the “loom” with holes drilled around the frame for the cane to be woven through. Learn the six steps in the process and leave with a finished product.
June 1- 2, 2019

2018-11-09T18:20:09+00:00

Leatherworking 101

In this class, students will make a slightly-enlarged copy (to accommodate standard modern letter-size paper) of a unique leather document case in the collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society.
May 4, 2019

2018-11-09T18:29:53+00:00

Shoemaking

Using original tin patterns from the 1920s, students will learn about basic pattern-making and the steady-paced class will move forward from there. From start to finish, this process is 100% hands-on shoe work. 
May 2 - 5, 2019

“This course was exactly what I hope it would be. I learned A LOT.”

STUDENT, INTRO TO LIME MORTAR

“Allen was outstanding – clear, knowledgeable, understandable, interesting.”

STUDENT, INTRO TO LIME MORTAR

“Wonderful course content. Gave us all hope that we will be able to repair our windows.”

STUDENT, REPAIR & RESTORATION OF WINDOWS

“It was exactly what I hoped to learn – and I am now not at all dissuaded to tackle my own windows.”

STUDENT, REPAIR & RESTORATION OF WINDOWS

“Karen Wychock was friendly, helpful, skilled basket maker. I liked the small class with personal attention.”

STUDENT, A GATHERING, SHAKER BASKET WEAVING

“Great lunch both days. Facility was clean and open. A lot of room.”

STUDENT, A GATHERING, SHAKER BASKET WEAVING
Caroline Twigg

Become an Instructor

Join us as we aim to preserve handmade crafts such as quilting, weaving, pottery, furniture-making, basket weaving, and blacksmithing by educating the next generation of artisans. Classes in building arts are also encouraged, such as traditional construction methods, old and historic building restoration, and adaptive reuse.

Class space provided  – Space appropriate for your specific class is provided for you in Waterford.

No administrative tasks  – The Waterford Craft School handles all registrations and administrative tasks.

Lunch is provided  – The Waterford Craft School provides lunch for students & instructors allowing you to concentrate on teaching.

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Foundation members receive a $25 discount on a class.

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