Workshops & Seminars

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WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS GOVERNING POLICIES


FARM & GARDEN  *  TRADES  *  CULINARY  *  TEXTILES  *  HERITAGE

Farm and garden

BACKYARD CHICKENS

INFORMATION CLASS
Third Saturday of The Month, February-June & September-November
A beak-to-tail feather workshop on these fine-feathered friends, enough to get you going in this popular urban farming hobby. By the time you leave, you’ll be well on your way to managing a coop in your back yard. And you’ll be able to impress your friends by knowing the difference between a Buff Orpington and a Rhode Island Red. Includes a take-home book.

SITE: German Farm. FEE: $40. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

BACKYARD FARMING

INFORMATION CLASS
First Sunday Of The Month, March, May, June & September
A fast-paced introduction to growing your own food in your own backyard, just like the pioneers did. This short field course will touch on soil, compost, planting, growing seasons, vegetable types and more — all from our resident Green Thumb. By the time you leave, you’ll be ready to site a backyard garden, know how to work the soil for best results, and what and when to plant so you can grow your own groceries.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $40. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

FRUIT TREES

INFORMATION CLASS
Third Sunday Of The Month, March, July & October
A primer on everything about fruit trees in Central Texas, from planting to TLC to harvesting. More than just a lecture on fruit trees, this field class will visit small orchards like the one you can create at your home – everything from the gorgeous spring blooms to harvesting fruit in the fall for pies and jellies, an A to Z rundown on fruit trees. You may even help plant, prune or harvest your first fruit tree. Dress for an outdoor tour.

SITE: German Farm. FEE: $40. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now


Trades

BASIC blacksmithing

HANDS-ON CLASS
First Saturday-Sunday of The Month, February-July and September-December

Fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing teaches you the fundamentals. Basic hammer skills, three of the five basic ways to work metal (cutting, drawing and bending), identification of “found” metals, and even a first project. Safety training included. Come ready to make the sparks fly. Materials provided.

Minimum age 18 to enroll. Younger students must be pre-approved at least one week in advance of class. ENROLLMENT OF ALL STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE CLASS DATE. All enrollments are subject to availability.

SITE: Smithy. FEE: $150. TIME: 10 hours over two days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

BLACKSMITHING 2.0

HANDS-ON CLASS
Second Saturday-Sunday of The Month, February-June and September-December
Once you learn the basics of blacksmithing, it’s time to expand on that knowledge and learn the other two basic ways to work metal: Upsetting and forge-welding. And that’s exactly what’s in store during this fun, informative class, offering instruction in small projects. Materials provided.

PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC BLACKSMITHING REQUIRED. Minimum age 18 to enroll. Younger students must be pre-approved at least one week in advance of class. ENROLLMENT OF ALL STUDENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE CLASS DATE. All enrollments are subject to availability.

SITE: Smithy. FEE: $150. TIME: 10 hours over two days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.      Enroll Now

 

KNIFEMAKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Saturday-Sunday of The Month, February-April, June, September-October

Blacksmithing meets cutlery and weaponry in this specialty class where students apply their skills as a smithy to learn how to make a knife. The hands-on sessions include hammer skills, designs and more. Materials provided.

PRIOR COMPLETION OF BLACKMITHING 2.0 REQUIRED. Must be at least 18 years old to enroll. Younger students must be approved at least one week in advance of class. ALL ENROLLMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE CLASS DATE. All enrollments are subject to availability.

SITE: Smithy. FEE: $200. TIME: 10 hours over 2 days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Enroll Now
 

DECORATIVE METALWORK

HANDS-ON CLASS
Fourth Saturday-Sunday Of The Month, February-April, June & September
With the basics under your belt, learn to decorate the projects that you make. This introduction to the decorative side of blacksmithing includes decorative twists, scrolls, finials and sculptural elements to make any project look beautiful as well as functional. Walk away with a sculpted project of your own. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BLACKSMITHING 2.0 REQUIRED.

SITE: Smithy. FEE: $200. TIME: 10 hour over two days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.    Enroll Now

TOOLMAKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Fourth Saturday-Sunday of The Month, May & October
With the basics of blacksmithing under your help, you need tools of your own to begin working at home. This class teaches the traditional techniques of making your own tools for working the steel. Materials provided.

Must be 18 years old to enroll. Younger students must be pre-approved at least one week in advance of class date. ALL ENROLLMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE CLASS DATE. All enrollments are subject to availability. PRIOR COMPLETION OF OF BLACKSMITHING 2.0 REQUIRED.

SITE: Smithy. FEE: $200. TIME: 10 hours over 2 days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

ax making

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Saturday-Sunday of May
The most important tool on the frontier was the ax, whether as a tool for cutting firewood, the tool with which you built a new cabin or as a weapon. This class will teach you how to make an ax using traditional techniques, including hammer skills, designs and more. Materials provided. 

Must be 18 years old to enroll. Younger students must be pre-approved at least one week in advance of class date. ALL ENROLLMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE CLASS DATE. All enrollments are subject to availability. PRIOR COMPLETION OF OF BLACKSMITHING 2.0 REQUIRED.

SITE: Smithy. FEE: $200. TIME: 10 hours over two days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Enroll Now

 

BASIC HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Second Sunday of The Month, February-November
Learn the basics of working wood the old-fashioned way. By hand. This short course in the types of hand tools that were used to work with wood in the 1800s shows the proper ways to use them and the way to keep them sharp. A fascinating afternoon of hands-on history. In an historic woodshop. Materials provided.

SITE: Wood Shop. FEE: $125. TIME: 10 hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

ADVANCED HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request

After learning the basics of working wood the old-fashioned way, now it's time to expand your skills and move to the next level. This course helps you build on your basic skills. In an historic wood shop. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC HAND-TOOL WOODWORKING REQUIRED. 

SITE: Wood Shop. FEE: $150. TIME: (8 hours over 2 days) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

BASIC LEATHER CONSTRUCTION

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Saturday of September, and by request
Working leather was a valuable skill on the Texas frontier, and you can learn how to
treat, trim and turn leather into belts, bags and other items. This four-hour, hands-on class gives you the basics, and our chief tanner will show you several techniques to home your skills.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll now

    

BAGS & POUCH construction

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request
After learning the basics of leather working, focus now on making bags and pouches -- a staple of 1800s Texas and a skill that translates well to the 21st century. . This four-hour class will teach you the skills to make your own bags and pouches, and our leatherworker will show you several techniques to hone your skills. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC LEATHER CONSTRUCTION CLASS REQUIRED.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

SHEATH CONSTRUCTION

HANDS-ON CLASS

Scheduled by request

With the basics of working leather knocked, move on to making sheaths in this fast-paced class. This four-hour class gives you the basics to make a sheath for your knife, just like the pioneers did. Includes design and technique instruction. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC LEATHER CONSTRUCTION CLASS REQUIRED.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Enroll now

 

BASIC LEATHER STAMPING & TOOLING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Sunday of September, and by request
Learn about the basic types of leather tooling, how to prepare, stamp and tool designs into your leather project. This four-hour beginners class gives you the basics, and gets you set to try out your creativity. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC LEATHER WORKING CLASS REQUIRED.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll now

 

advanced leather stamping & tooling

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request
After completing the basic class, you can focus on taking your tooling skills further and to the next level in this four-hour class that will give you the skills you need to tool your own designs.Our leatherworker will show you several techniques to hone your skills. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC LEATHER STAMPING & TOOLING CLASS REQUIRED.  

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.      Enroll now

 

BELT MAKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request
After learning the basics of leather in the first class, you can focus on taking the tooling further and learn how to tool and construct a belt. This four-hour class teaches the techniques, designs and tooling necessary to construct a great belt. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC LEATHER STAMPING & TOOLING CLASS REQUIRED.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.      Enroll now

 

leather braiding

Scheduled by request
Leather and rawhide braiding have been carried from the Moors to the Spaniards, who brought the techniques to the New World, and you can learn this interesting form of leatherworking in this four-hour class that will give you the skills to braid leather and tie decorative knots. Our leatherworker will show you several techniques to hone your skills.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $100. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.      Enroll now


culinary

DUTCH OVEN COOKING

DEMONSTRATION CLASS
Second Saturday Of The Month, April & May
Say hello to delicious pies, biscuits and more from Texas’ official state cooking pot — the Dutch Oven. Learn the technical and tasty aspects of cooking in this historic cast- iron delight. You’ll leave this demonstration class hungry to try your hand at this truly historic cooking method. Materials provided.

SITE: Texian Farm. FEE: $50. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

SAY CHEESE

DEMONSTRATION CLASS
Second Saturday Of The Month, March, July & November
Learn how to make cheese from common ingredients purchased from your local grocery store. Workshop includes ingredient lists and principles of making soft cheeses, taught in a fast-paced lesson at an historic homestead. This demonstration class is all about cheese. Materials provided.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $55. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

HOT OFF THE SKILLET

DEMONSTRATION CLASS
Second Saturday Of The Month, February & June
Pioneer Texans were masters of this basic skill, and you can be, as well. Learn the basics of cooking on cast iron, a staple of kitchens in yesteryear and a skill that’s making a comeback. As you learn, you can help prepare and serve a frontier meal — on an authentic cast-iron stove with authentic cast-iron cookware. The only place in the Austin area where you can learn original Texas cooking skills like these. After this class, you may not want to go back to your All-Clad and Calfalon ever again.

SITE: Texian Farm. FEE: $55. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

CURING & SMOKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Sunday of October, and by request
It’s more than just backyard grilling nowadays, and this afternoon class will give you all you need to know about trading up to curing and smoking meats at home. Armed with enough know-how to serve up some scrumptious meats that aren’t a bit black or dry, but are flavorful and just right, you’ll learn about smokers and smokehouses. Straight from the pioneers, in the days when curing and smoking was the only way to preserve meats. Now, it’s become a hip art form.

SITE: Texian Farm. FEE: $55. TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

SAUSAGE MAKING

DEMONSTRATION CLASS
Third Saturday of October, and by request
Who doesn't love sausage? Our sausage maker will show you how to prepare your meat, what spices work best, and what processes are necessary to end up with some great finished sausage. The four-hour class is stuffed with all the techniques and history of making sausage, and you'll leave with enough information to make your own delicious sausage.

SITE: Texian Farm. FEE: $55. TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now


Textiles

 

DROP SPINDLE SPINNING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Sunday of September, and by request
For thousands of years, people have spun fibers into thread using simple tools, and this skill was a staple of home life — especially on the Texas frontier. Almost every cabin and home had someone who cotton and wool into thread and yarn. For most of history, the tool used to make thread awas a drop spindle that has the benefit of being small and portable. Come commune with history and learn a time-honored skill that is hip once again.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $65. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.  Enroll Now

 

SPINNING BY WHEEL

HANDS-ON CLASS
First Saturday of October, and by request
For hundreds of years after the spinning wheel was invented in the 11th century, this talent was a staple of home life — and the Texas frontier was no exception. Almost every home had a spinning wheel that turned the cotton and wool into thread and yarn. Come commune with history and learn time-honored skill that now hip again.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $65. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.  Enroll Now

 

KNITTING: A STITCH IN TIME

HANDS-ON CLASS
Third Saturday in September, and by request
The yarn, the needles, the techniques. This information-packed afternoon will instruct you on all the basics about an historic and traditional skill that is super hot these days. You’ll also get a taste of the history of knitting, right in our 1800s spinning room, from our resident textiles expert.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $60. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

QUILTING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Second Saturday in October, and by request
Quilting has developed from a frugal necessity to a fine art form. Come learn the basics that every pioneer woman learned at her mother's knee. Students will learn basic geometric piecing and various quilting methods. They will leave with two quilted pillow tops and the instructions for finishing them.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $65. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

BASIC WEAVING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Fourth Saturday of October, and by request
Learn the warps and wefts of weaving, in this introductory class to weaving, the historic production of fabric. This class offers the basics, so you can leave with a hankering to weave. When you leave, you should know the difference between shedding, picking and battening — and get rolling on your first project. Materials provided.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $60. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

RIGID-HEDDLE WEAVING

HANDS-ON CLASS

Scheduled by request

Learn the basics on this easy and most versatile type of loom, the Rigid-Heddle. Instruction includes measuring out the warp, how to warp up the loom and different techniques for weaving on it. Participants will leave with a yard of cotton cloth. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF BASIC WEAVING CLASS REQUIRED.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $100. TIME: 8 hours on 2 days, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

FLOOR LOOM WEAVING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request
A follow-up class to Basic Weaving, where you’ll learn the skills to polish your new talent as a loom-person. Various techniques and loom types are part of this fast-paced lesson that is designed to expand your knowledge from the basics to you can explore your inner-weaver. Materials provided. PRIOR COMPLETION OF RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING REQUIRED.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $145. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

SEWING: PLAIN & FANCY

HANDS-ON CLASS
Fourth Sunday of September, and by request
The art of sewing is time-honored, a staple of past generations and a hobby for most of the present. Learn about stitches, patterns and techniques in this fast-paced introductory workshop, a must for anyone who would like to sew – either by hand or on a machine. Taught in our historic textile room, with an Old Texas aura added for free.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $60. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

TREADLE MACHINE SEWING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request

The art of sewing by machine has a fascinating history, starting when this new-fangled invention arrived in Texas homes. Learn about the care and feeding of the treadle sewing machine in this fast-paced class. Taught in our historic textile room, with a frontier feel from start to finish.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $65. TIME: 8 hours on 2 days, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

CROCHET BASICS

HANDS-ON CLASS
Fourth Saturday of September, and by request
Used by the pioneers to create a wide variety of goods, crochet is one of the basic crafts that will start you creating wonderful projects. Students will learn the basic stitches and terminology in this hands-on class, and should leave the class with a completed pillow top. Materials provided.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $60. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.    Enroll Now

 

CROCHETED RAG RUGS

HANDS-ON CLASS
Scheduled by request
Learn how to make rugs from cloth scraps and a colorful assortment of other materials, just like the pioneers. Rag rugs, once a staple on the Texas frontier, are making a comeback today. Learn the basic techniques, then practice and finish your rug — in class or on your own. Taught by our expert rug weaver.

SITE: German Farm. FEE: $75. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.     Enroll Now


Heritage

CANDLEMAKING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Fifth Sunday of October, and by request
Learn how the pioneers made their own candles, for lighting, ceremonies and more. Students will leave with their own hand-dipped candles, as well as the information needed to produce candles at home. Materials provided.

SITE: Cotton Farm. FEE: $65. TIME: 4 hours, 1 to 5 p.m.    Enroll Now 

 

SOAPMAKING

DEMONSTRATION CLASS
Third Sunday of October, and by request

Soap has been around since ancient Babylon, and this short course brings you into the modern world on how to make this lathering cleanser. Everything you’ll need to know is covered, from ingredients to methods to the finished product, is covered. When you leave, you’ll be able to make your own scented or unscented soap with flourish.

SITE: Cotton Farm FEE: $50. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

BASKETWEAVING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Second Sunday of the Month, May and November
Learn how to make baskets from wood fibers and reeds, to create both decorative and useful containers for your home and garden. Learn the basic techniques in an afternoon, with a take-home project to boot. Make a Market Basket in May and an Oil/Vinegar Basket in November. Materials provided.

SITE: German Farm. FEE: $60. TIME: 1 to 4 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

FLINTKNAPPING

HANDS-ON CLASS
Second Saturday Of The Month, February, May, September & October
A beginners guide to the art of working stone, from flaking to shaping and arrowheads to gun flints. This is ancient skill that dates back hundreds of thousands of years, and was used in frontier Texas by the Native Texans and the settlers. A taste of cutting stone, taught at a Native Texan site. Students must bring gloves and protective eyewear.

SITE: Tonkawa Encampment. FEE: $60. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOCIALS

LECTURE SERIES
Second Sunday Of The Month, February-November
In the late 1800s, Victorian-era Texans often gathered on Sunday afternoons for conversation and enrichment — read that lectures on a variety of genteel topics. Our Sunday Socials feature historical authors, topical lectures and perhaps a few Texas characters who are feeling a bit Victorian. A two-part program with light refreshments.

SITE: Sprinkle Corner. FEE: $10. TIME: 2 hours, 2 to 4 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

GIRLS OF GRIT

INFORMATION CLASS
Third Sunday of Month, September-November, February-May

Women and girls changed the face of Pioneer Texas. Come walk through the pages of Lone Star history and learn about the lives of women and girls who helped settle Texas. See early-day costumes, get a take-home history booklet. Great for mothers, daughters, Girl Scout and Brownie groups.

FEE: $10 per participant. TIME: 2 hours, 1 to 3 p.m.     Enroll Now

 

ARCHERY

HANDS-ON CLASS

Second and Fourth Saturdays, February-November

Our certified archery range is just the ticket for a history-filled weekend activity for Texans of all ages. With a range master and equipment on site, our bowmen are ready when you are to teach the basics of this popular sport. Price is $10 less if you bring and use your own equipment.

FEE: $35 per participant. TIME: 10-11:30 a.m..     Enroll Now