Folk Art Classes

For Adults 18 & Up


Blacksmithing Class

Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration due June 2.

Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration due September 1.

Try your hand at blacksmithing with Matt Holliday, Dave Kauffman, and Frank Gillespie. Learn to start a fire with flint and steel, make coke from coal, heat steel to a forging temperature and use a hammer, anvil and other tools to make a hook rack. This workshop is not for children under 16. Registration can be done via PayPal or by contacting Starla Hess at The class costs $65.

Class is limited to ten students.


Individual Blacksmithing Classes

Experience one-on-one learning, with a Master Blacksmith, in the Herr House Blacksmith shop. Working with a Master Blacksmith, the student will learn the basics of fire starting, metal temperature and safety procedures. The student will make a simple project, using basic skills of blacksmithing. The Herr House will connect the student and instructor to allow them to determine an agreeable date for instruction. Classes may take place Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours, April through November. No Sunday classes. Students must be sixteen years of age or older to register. If the student is younger than eighteen, a guardian must be present. The cost of the class is $75 and includes instruction from a Master Blacksmith and materials. Class will be scheduled after payment is made through PayPal or contacting Starla Hess at Class must be scheduled within one year of purchase date.

Individual Classes

Native Beading Class

April 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with Lynda Jarsocrak, Western Cherokee

 Beads were made by Native Americans from shell, bone, horn, antler, stone, seeds and wood. After European contact, colorful glass beads were an important traded item. Native Americans used trade beads to decorate clothing and create jewelry. Beading will be taught by Native American, Lynda Jarsocrak. Students will make a simple project. This class costs $30.

Registration is now closed.

Basket Making Class

May 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Amy Williams

Oak splint basket making will be taught by Amy Williams. Baskets were a part of daily life in early PA German culture. They were made from a variety of materials. An oak splint muffin basket will be made. No prior experience necessary. This class costs $50.

Registration due April 21

Natural Dyeing

October 14, 9 am to 12 pm, with Martha Brunner & Jess McPherson

Learn the art of creating natural dyes to color cotton, wool, silk or linen. Dress for the weather as the class will be held outside using a wood fire. Instructors again this year will be Martha Brunner, Pennsylvania German, and Jess McPherson, Shawnee. This class costs $45.

Registration deadline is September 29.

Native Crafts Class

October  28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with Jess McPherson, Shawnee

Jess McPherson is an artist who will teach students to make cordage from natural fibers. This class costs $30.

Registration due October 13.

Bookbinding Class

November  11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Ramon Townsend

During this whole day class, Raymond Townsend will teach students the steps of book binding. Students will take home their own personally handcrafted blank book. This class costs $105.

Registration due October 27.