Makesmith Workshop

Makesmith Workshop is open ALL YEAR

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to hammer away at a whole new way of play. Makesmith Workshop offers a hands-on experience that gets back to the fundamentals of creating. Use a needle and thread to learn the basics of sewing, or grab a hammer and saw to practice woodworking techniques.

Themes will change periodically, featuring new tools, crafts, and activities that will offer opportunities to work with textiles, wood, metal, pottery and more.

Makesmith Workshop - Woodworking

Current Theme: Woodworking

Carve into the world of woodworking! Explore simple processes, with both modern and historic tools, such as sawing, carving or hammering. You may even get a chance to create a simple dovetail joint. This theme runs through April, so be sure to stop by and make something with us!

Teaching Kids to Create & Craft


You might be set for sewing, but do you have need for knitting? Want some weaving? From historic handicrafting to modern methods, there is no shortage of hands on learning at Makesmith Workshop. 

Metal Working

Pound, punch, and peen with our Do-It-Together metal projects as you explore both historic and modern methods of working different types of metal. 


Have a craving for carpentry? If you have never measured and cut a board, hit a nail, or twisted a screw, Makesmith Workshop is ready to teach you the basics with our Do-It-Together approach to hand crafting projects. 

Shop Safety

There is no joking around when it comes to workshop safety. Learn proper techniques and safety tips, including how to hold your hands and fingers when using a saw or hammer and why it's important to always use safety goggles. 

Help them learn

D.I.Y artisan skills start with you!

Makesmith Workshop is the first experience with tools that many young visitors enjoy. In a world of "just buy it new," Conner Prairie tries to keep alive the spirit of "make it with your own hands." We subsidize 60% of each guest visit, so your donations in this area help provide curriculum, supplies, and surprises for our guests. Tools and building materials are always needed for us to teach the next generation how they're used.

Thank You to Our Generous Partners Who Made Makesmith Workshop Possible

Church Church Hittle Antrim
Nicholas H Noyes Jr Memorial Foundation

Nancy and Stephen Bourke

Roy and Mary Cage

Doug and Kathy Church

Duke Energy
Strada Education Network