2025 dates

June 21 (Saturday) from 10 AM – 5 PM

June 22 (Sunday)  from 10 AM – 5 PM

Fort New Salem annually hosts our Weekend of Workshops.  If you have always wanted to “learn how to do that” then this is the place to be.   Visitors see live demonstrations as well as numerous artisans in various cabins. General admission is $7 with children 10 & under admitted fee. Individuals wanting to participate in the workshop shall also pay the class registration fee.

This was our 2024 lineup. Our 2025 schedule will be made available closer to the event

For questions on registration contact Susan Zorn, event chair.

*** ATTENTION *** Our 4 feature workshops (Blacksmithing, Pottery, Tinsmithing and Basket Making) have limited class size and require pre-registration. They are on a first come – first served basis with pre-payment.

Blacksmithing  with George Brooks           $50
George “Gabby” Brooks, a seasoned blacksmith with 40-years of experience, he began smithing in 1983 at Prickett’s Fort, where he honed his skills and passion for the craft. Students will learn basic shop practices and how to set up their own shop. Students will take home an “S” hook, more if they have time. No one under 8 years old, under 14 years old must be with an adult. This is a FULL DAY  Class each day.   10 AM – 4 PM

WHEEL THROWN POTTERY   with Susan Zorn    $40
Susan, a member of the Tamarack Creative Network, learned her craft at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh. She creates functional pottery. Two pottery wheels will be available for the class, an electric wheel and 2 kick wheels. Students will create pottery that will be fired later to be picked up by the student. Must be at least 10 years old to register.     This is a FULL DAY Class each day.   11 AM – 4 PM

TINSMITHING with Robert “Bob” Elliott              $50

Discover the 18th-century craft of tinsmithing, a traditional art brought to the American colonies from England. This skill is closely linked to the history of our nation’s independence.  You will be making a candle holder and Christmas ornaments. Bob Elliott has been a blacksmith and tinsmith for over 30 years, he is a tamarack Artisan and much of the historic lighting at Fort New Salem was made by Bob.  This is a FULL DAY Class each day.   10 AM – 4 PM

BASKETMAKING with Elaine Sinclair
In 1989, Elaine took first basket class from the extension homemakers club, now she teaches classes all over the country. Elaine has been chosen as one of the top 15 artisans in Tamarack.

  • Saturday Morning Class – 10″ egg basket                                  $50     10 AM – 1 PM
  • Saturday Afternoon Class – bread basket or small tote           $40     1 PM – 4 PM
  • Sunday Afternoon Class – snow flake                                         $35      noon – 4 PM


Paper Marbling $5 with Jeff Wyne, both days

Spinning $25 with Lynda “Lynn” Beatty, both days

Watercolor Painting $5 with Kevin Fluharty, Saturday ONLY

Corn Husk Doll $5 with Joan Rine, both days

Schedule subject to change.



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