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Past Workshops

Below is a list of workshops we have offered. If there are workshops you are interested in, either for yourself or to arrange a workshop for your school, group, scout troop, etc., please contact us for further information. See the main workshops page for current offerings.

Winter Workshops

Woodworking
Tuition $30

Students will make mouldings appropriate for interior and exterior door and window trim, raised panels and stiles for wainscoting using antique and new wooden moulding planes. We wil supply the lumber and planes, you need to bring any wooden planes you'd like to try and your lunch.
Class size is limited to 6 students.

Brick Oven Baking
Tuition $40

Participants will take part in a discussion on the merits of Finnish and Russian masonry heaters for heating and cooking. We will grind locally grown organic corn and wheat for baking corn bread, and roast locally grown chicken and veggies in a brick oven. Dinner will be served.
Class size is limited to 10 students.

Wheel Spinning
Tuition $65

If you have a spinning wheel that you want to use bring it to this workshop. We’ll teach you three ways to prepare wool for spinning, how to spin various weights of yarn and how to make plied skeins and finish the yarn. Please bring your “working” wheel, any spinning accessories that you may have and a bag lunch.
Class size is limited to 6 students.

Home Textiles
Tuition $45

Busy hands are happy hands! Come learn the basics of making your hands happy. Knitting, crochet and rug hooking are three traditional home arts. We’ll learn the basic steps and show how these skills are used in the home setting. Bring a pair of straight knitting needles size 7 US, and a bag lunch.
Class size is limited to 8 students.

Journaling
Tuition $45

Keeping a journal can be a way of learning about yourself, becoming a more focused person, recording your history, setting out your plans for the future or just a simple discipline. In this one day workshop we’ll look at methods of journaling and do some simple exercises in journaling to get things started. A small journal will be provided, you bring a pen, pencil and colored pencils and a lunch.
Class size is limited to 8 students.

Woodlot Evaluation
See Spring Workshops for description.

 
Spring Workshops

Woodlot Evaluation

Tuition $25

Walking through a mixed growth woodlot, students will learn to evaluate its overall health Looking for crowding, assessing growth learning to identify various trees both healthy and sick. Class size is limited to 12 students.

Timber Framing
Tuition $60

Participants will learn the techniques of cutting mortise and tenon using traditional as well as modern equipment. There will be an opportunity to see a work in progress and view how it all comes together. Bring a bag lunch.
Class size is limited to 4 students

Sugaring OffMaple Sugaring
Tuition $30

The first day of this workshop will be spent at a commercial sugarhouse. The second in small back yard operation. Students will learn how to choose trees, how many taps per tree, tapping, collecting, boiling and sugaring off. There will be an opportunity to sample the delicious syrup as well.
Class size is limited to 15 students.

Spin and Knit

See Fall Workshops for description.
Garden Preparation

Two-day course.
Tuition $45

Students will learn to plow, fertilize and harrow fields to prepare them for planting. Single draft horses and teams will be used for plowing. Please bring a bag lunch.
Class size is limited to 6 students.  

Summer Workshops


Skills Approach-Textile Focus

Three-day course
Tuition $160

This course will cover four areas of textile history; the Middle Ages card weaving and ornamentation, the Early American Period wool spinning, Native American Studies finger weaving, and Colonial America Lucet braiding and the importance of flax. Each section will focus on a "how to" skills presentation as well as how the skill relates to the period and human activity. A list of materials necessary to the course will be available upon registration.
Class size is limited to 12 students.

Studying Nature by Drawing

Weekend Sessions
Tuition $90
Weeklong Session
Tuition $150

The major goal of this course is to help the participants improve their individual skills, while not intimidating them by striving for an “ideal” and “perfect” drawing standard. Also this course is designed to broaden consciousness toward the diversity of shapes, structures, and textures which can be found in the natural environment. Participants will study structures and patterns in nature using different drawing tools: pencil, felt tip pen, charcoal, chalks, etc. Participants will learn to lay out compositions, sketch details, and use light and shade (the famous “chiaroscuro” [Italian]) to enhance three dimensional illusion. As a participant you will make your own sketchbook, experiment with creating “Frottages”, using leaves, tree bark, etc. Finally, you will explore various techniques such as “Impressionism” and “Surrealism”.
Class size is limited to 10 students.
*Afternoons will be free for individual projects.

Timber Framing
See Spring Workshops for description.
Garden Preparation
See Spring Workshops for description.
Wine Making
See Fall Workshops for description.
 

Fall Workshops


Seed Selecting: Heirloom Seeds
Tuition $30

Students will learn how to select healthy seeds using four varieties of beans and two varieties of corn which we will provide. Students will select the best seeds on the basis of size, texture, and uniformity. The best storage methods will be discussed and how to save other seeds such as turnip and carrot etc. Lunch will be provided: homemade baked beans and corn bread from locally grown produce.
Class size is limited to 6 students.

Spin and Knit
Michael Patterson Spinning Cotton Tuition $30

Students will learn to prepare and spin wool to knit a traditional sock. We will supply the wool and spindles; you bring a set of size 4 or 5 US double pointed needles and your lunch. You may also wish to bring your favorite spindle or spinning wheel.
Class size is limited to 15 students.

Wine Making
Tuition $40

Wine Making Anyone? Participants in the wine making workshop will be making wine from strawberries and blueberries. There will be a discussion on making wine from other fruits, vegetables, and flowers as well. Participants should bring 6 pounds of fresh or frozen strawberries and/or 8 quarts of fresh or frozen blueberries. Cost of the workshop includes starter kit for wine making.
Class size is limited to 10 students.

Driving Horses
Tuition $30

This workshop introduces students to different types of harnesses and their applications. Students will learn to fit a collar and adjust a bridle and harness, size and choose a bit for the bridle, verbal commands, ground driving a single horse and a team, and hitching a single horse and team to a wagon. If time allows there will be a demonstration of driving three horses.
Class size is limited to 6 students.

Canning and Preserving Food
Tuition $30

Participants will be learning to sterilize jars, prepare tomatoes to create a base for sauce, make and can juice, ketchup and soup. Canning will be taught using the water bath method.
Class size is limited to 5 students.

Tapestry Weaving
Tuition $65

Tapestry weaving is old, fun and freeform, what you can draw you can weave. This versatile technique uses a mimimum of equipment. We'll learn how to set up a simple frame loom, and weave a sample that will give you the basic skills needed to work on your own. Bring ideas, lunch and an old fork. Yarn and take home loom included.
Class size is limited to 5 students.

Modify Your Mitten
Tuition $45

This is a one day workshop that will show how to put your original design in any double point needle mitten pattern. If you don't have a favorite mitten pattern we'll provide one. You need to bring a 4 or 5 dpn set, in the size appropriate to your yarn. Bring three colors of a similar weight yarn and a 2 to 3 inch already knit ribbing (about 48 stitches round), on the needles please. We'll supply the colored pencils, graph paper, samples and erasers.
Class size is limited to 10 students.

 

Stone Soup Institute
298 Allen Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079, USA
Phone: 207-833-2884
E-mail: mail@stone-soup-institute.org