Historic Trades Classes - The Wabash and Erie Canal | Delphi, IN

Historic Trades Classes

Come learn historic skills at the Wabash and Erie Canal!

Have you ever wondered how to hand-make your own bucket, or how to weave your own creations, or how to make a broom or basket, or how to cook food in a fireplace, or how to work wool with a needle for
ornamentation?

Now is your opportunity to learn from skilled artisans in a historic village setting. Choose as many classes as you want; register and pay ahead so you can make sure you have a spot in the classes. All of our classes will be offered in the Pioneer Village at Canal Park in Delphi, Indiana. Please see full class descriptions below. If you have any questions please email classes@canalcenter.org.

Are there classes you would like to take that aren’t listed, or even a class that you can teach? Let us know via the registration form so we can expand our class listings in the future!

Join us for hands-on exploration of these exciting historic trades!

Class Descriptions

BASKET MAKING

Basket Making Class

Learn to make a small melon basket – a beginning rib basket class. Learn the God's eye and a beginning over-under weave. Choice of 6, 8, or 10 inch and colors.

Saturday, August 6
9:00 AM – noon (does not include lunch)

Instructor: Bev Larson. Bev has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share her joy of basket weaving. She has taught in many states and in the Caribbean on basket-making cruises. Her goal is to make basket weaving fun, relaxing and inspiring. In 2003 she won the Eiteljorg Museum Weavers Challenge.

Class Fee: $50.00 includes all materials
Skill Level: Beginner, age 10 – adult
Location: Broom Maker Shop
Participants need to bring an old towel.

BROOM MAKING

Broom Making Image

Learn the basics of beginning broom making with an angel wing whisk broom. Choice of colors of cord. A fun class.

Saturday, August 13

9:00 AM – noon (does not include lunch)

Instructor: Bev Larson. In 2009 Bev added broom making to her weaving experience and it too is now a passion of hers. In 2016 she received the honor of being named an Indiana Artisan by the State of Indiana for both broom making and basket weaving.

Class Fee:
$50.00 includes all materials
Skill Level: Beginner, age 16 – adult
Location: Broom Maker Shop

COOPERING

Cooper Class Image

Learn a historic skill to make a wooden bucket using historic tools and methods. Learn what old tools are still available today and make some that aren’t. Students should feel comfortable using hand tools and will be learning to make staves, bottom hoops and rope handles. This a 2-day class.

Thursday and Friday, September 8 & 9
Thursday and Friday, September 15 & 16
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1 hour lunch (included in cost of class)

Instructor: Peter Cooper. Peter has been coopering since 1997. He has taught coopering to over 500 students, and he has made coopered products for National historic sites, national parks, and theme parks in the US and Canada.

Class Fee: $175.00 + Material Fee: $35.00
Skill Level: Beginner (students ages 14-18 are allowed if accompanied by an adult)
Location: Cooper Shop
Optional tool list will be provided after registration.

COOKING

Cooking Class Image

Learn how to build a fire in a hearth, about tools and utensils and pans used in hearth cooking, safety, learn boiling using a crane (make a stew), frying using a trivet (make English biscuits), and baking using a dutch oven (make cornbread). We will also make orange and lemon extract. It is helpful for participants to wear a sturdy apron. This is a one-day class.

Thursday, September 8
Thursday, September 15
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1 hour lunch (included in cost of class)

Instructor: Becky Crabb. Becky has been doing historic cooking for over 30 years. She has worked in living history for 40 years and has collected historic recipes, including old family recipes, all her life.

Class Fee: $40.00 + Material Fee: $14.00
Skill Level: Beginner
Location: Fouts House

WEAVING

Weaving Class Image

Learn weaving on a 4-harness and/or union loom and braiding scissor finders. Take home the piece you have woven, one or two scissor finders, and a braiding kit. If time, weave on existing looms in the Loom House. This is a one-day class.

Saturday, September 10
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1 hour lunch (included in cost of class)

Instructor: Ryoko Marti, member of the Wabash Weaving Guild. The Weaving Guild has existed for 40 years. Ryoko, has been weaving for 20 years. She retired from accounting; she "used to count money and now counts threads; it’s much more fun."

Class Fee: $40.00 + Material Fee: $14.00
Skill Level: Beginner
Location: Loom House
Participants should bring a pencil, notebook, scissors, and a comb.

NEEDLE FELTING

Needle Felting Class Image

Learn how to make a folk Santa about 4-5" tall and use it as an ornament or to stand on its own. This is a one-day class.

Friday, September 9
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with 1 hour lunch (included in cost of class)

Instructor: Karen Bradshaw. About 20 years ago at a fiber fest, Karen got instructions for wool felting and has enjoyed creating different items ever since. She has many of her creations on her Christmas tree, and often needle felts on road trips.

Class Fee: $40.00 + Material Fee: $15.00
Skill Level: Beginner
Location: Bowen Cabin

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