25th Annual Traditional Arts & Arms Making Workshop

October 4-10, 2014

3 Day+ Classes  I  2½ Day Classes  I  Weekend Classes

Conner Prairie's hands-on classes provide you a rare opportunity to work closely and directly with some of the nation's best craftsmen. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Small class sizes in well-equipped facilities will allow you to develop skills from basic to advanced. All materials are included in the class price; tools are provided for some classes.

Become a Conner Prairie member before a price increase on February 1 and save on registration fees!

Classes fill rapidly. Please call 317.776.6006 or 800.966.1836 to register and to check on class availability.

Browse photos in our Arts & Arms Flickr photostream - we hope to see you in upcoming classes!

Thank you to our sponsor:
L.E. Kincaid & Sons
Quality meats since 1921

3 Day+ Classes

Advanced Horn Work

Saturday-Tuesday, October 4-7
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 8
8 a.m.-Noon
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Further develop your hornworking skills through the construction of two horns: an internal screw-tip Berks County and a pressed and shaped flat horn. Noted hornsmith Art DeCamp will cover a wide variety of topics, from the history and architecture of early horns to many tips and techniques for reproducing period-correct powder horns.

This class will expose students to preparing, heating, shaping and turning horns and their parts. Instructions will also be given on period techniques for the coloring of powder horns.

$580/$560 Conner Prairie  member (tools required)


Monday-Friday, October 6-10
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Master engraver John Schippers teaches the art of metal engraving. Using practice pieces, learn basic design, tool selection and sharpening techniques.

$525 ($505 Conner Prairie member) (tools required)

2 1/2 Day Classes

Session 1
Monday-Tuesday, October 6-7
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 8
8 a.m. - Noon

Session 2
Wednesday, October 8
1 - 5 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, October 9-10
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Axe Forging (Session 2)

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Learn traditional forging techniques from blacksmith Nathan Allen. Students will examine stylistic and construction techniques used on historic axes, and will then forge and finish an axe of their own.

$295/($285 Conner Prairie member (Tools required)

Leather Work (Session 1)

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Join Ken Scott as he teaches his unique style of making hunting bags and pouches. Pattern development and basic leatherworking techniques will be covered as well as Ken's unique antiquing methods.

$315/($310 Conner Prairie member) (Tools required)

Knifesmithing (Session 1)

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Under the tutelage of Dwight Gaillian, students will learn about the history and manufacture of a traditional hand-forged knife. Class will include materials selection, forging and finishing a functional knife.

$280/($270 Conner Prairie member) (Tools required)

Folding Knife (Session 1)

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Instructor Nathan Allen will teach how to build an 18th century-style folding knife. Traditional filing, bench work and heat treating skills will be used to construct an attractive steel and brass folding knife.

$285/($275 Conner Prairie member) (Tools required)

Document Box (Session 2)

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Traditional furniture maker Justin Kauffman will guide the process of making an early 18th century document box. This dovetailed oak box will begin with a green log. Students will learn to rive out the proper pieces, dimension the boards and do the dovetail and captured panel joinery needed to assemble.

$300/($290 Conner Prairie member)

Campaign Horn (Session 2)

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Work with hornsmith Art DeCamp as you build your own French and Indian War campaign horn. Learn basic horn cunstruction, heating and shaping horn, hand fitting a simple butt cap and crafting a stepped down neck. Surface finish and coloring, and applying simple period-style engraving to your horn will also be covered.

$285/($280 Conner Prairie member)


Weekend Classes

Boot Bag

Saturday, October 4
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without - There are numerous examples of small frontier hunting pouches made from old boots. During this one-day class, instructed by well-known pouch maker Ken Scott, participants will learn how to make a hunting pouch from a pair of old boots. Instruction includes historical research, pattern development, applying the pattern to the leather, assembly and dying.

$125/($120 Conner Prairie member)

Hearth Cooking

Sunday, October 5
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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Learn to prepare a traditional meal over an open fire. Enjoy the smell of wood smoke as hearth cooking expert Sarah Withrow shares her knowledge. Lean to blend traditional techniques with historic and contemporary recipes that are perfect for home entertaining, re-enacting or camping.

$85/($80 Conner Prairie member)


Saturday-Sunday, October 4 & 5
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Learn basic carving techniques under the tutelage of John Schippers. Using simple carving knives, students will learn proper design and layout of long rifle relief carving. Original examples of period long rifles and pistols will be on display for students to reference in their work.

$245 ($235 Conner Prairie member) (tools required)

Basic Blacksmithing

Saturday-Sunday, October 4 & 5
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Delve Join Nathan Allen as you learn the basics of blacksmithing. Students will learn skills such as using a forge, drawing, punching, hardening, and tempering steel and forge welding. Projects such as s-hooks, fireplace poker, chain links and a fork will be made.

$260 ($250 Conner Prairie member)

Pennsylvania German Design

Sunday, October 5
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Create instant family heirlooms with Ken Scott while exploring the 18th-century folk art of Pennsylvania. Ken will introduce traditional styles and design as students learn the art of calligraphy and drawing used in early fraktur, such as marriage and birth certificates.

$125 ($120 Conner Prairie member) (tools and materials required)


To cancel your registration and receive a refund, please notify Conner Prairie at least three weeks prior to your workshop start date. You will receive a refund, minus a $30 administrative fee (per registrant). No refunds will be given for cancellations without three weeks notice. Conner Prairie reserves the right to cancel any session. In the event of a cancellation by Conner Prairie, you will receive a full refund.