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Arts & Arms

Traditional Arts & Arms Making Workshops

Conner Prairie’s hands-on classes in the Arts and Arms Making Workshops series, provide a rare opportunity to work closely with some of the nation’s best craftsmen. Small class sizes in well-equipped facilities allow you to develop skills from a basic level to a more advanced level. All materials are included in class price. Tools are provided, unless otherwise noted. Find a class that interests you below, then click the date of the class to see more details and register.

Ages 16+

2020 Class Schedule will be available in January.

Cooking, Crafting, and Carving

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Hearth Cooking

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.

Basic Hornwork and Decorative Techniques

Beginning or advanced hornsmiths will find value in this class. Master Hornsmith Art DeCamp will show you the tricks to design, layout and execute beautiful scrimshaw work.

Advanced Hornworking - Screw Tip Powder Horn

Work alongside master hornsmith Art DeCamp to make a screw tip horn. Basic hornworking techniques such as heating, pressing, lathe work, finishing and coloring of horn will be covered.

Leatherworking

Join Ken Scott as he teaches you his unique style of making hunting bags and pouches, using leatherworking techniques like pattern development, cutting, stitching, and finishing.

Leather Accoutrements

Learn a variety leatherworking skills with noted leatherworker Ken Scott, with projects for use with black powder firearms like a leather loading block, shot snake, ball bag, or flint wallet.

Blacksmithing

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Basic Blacksmithing

Join Conner Prairie’s Nathan Allen to learn the basics of blacksmithing including drawing, punching, hardening, tempering steel, and forge welding, to make projects like chain links, s-hooks, a fireplace poker, pliers, and a fork.

Axe Forging

Explore traditional forging techniques with blacksmith Nathan Allen. Examine stylistic differences and construction techniques used on historic axes, and then forge and finish a traditional tomahawk and "Fort Meigs" style hatchet.

Forging Damascus Steel

Let the sparks fly as you learn to make Damascus steel. Blacksmith Nathan Allen will teach the fundamentals of making pattern welded steel from proper steel selection to basic pattern development.

Knifesmithing

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Knifesmithing

Under the guidance of Dwight Gallian, you’ll learn about the history and creation of a traditional hand-forged knife. Topics include proper steel selection, use of a coal forge and anvil, filing, and finishing a handle.

Custom Knife Sheaths

Folk artist and leatherworker Ken Scott will show you techniques used in making knife sheaths for all styles of knives. Please bring the knives you want to sheath to class.

Firearms

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Engraving

Master engraver and author of Engraving Historic Firearms, John Schippers, teaches you the art of metal engraving. Using practice pieces, you’ll learn basic design, tool selection and sharpening techniques.

Stock Carving & Silver Wire Inlay

Master gunsmith John Schippers will teach the basics of two fundamental techniques of decorating long rifles, tomahawks, and knives: relief carving and silver wire inlay.