Requests from craft fairs and our desire to share these vanishing skills has lead us to offer on-site demonstrations and teaching programs. Please talk to us about special projects and events or view our videos online (coming soon)
Schedule of Events for 2021
2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Makerspace – 1102 Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Monthly meeting of the Southwest Michigan Woodworking guild.
There is a different “feature” tractor every year but all makes and models are welcomed. This year’s “feature” tractor is the doodlebug. The show features tractor machinery displays, small engine displays, vintage garden tractors, large flea market, daily tractor parade, children’s play area and much more.
This is the largest hammered dulcimer festival in Michigan. The Original Dulcimer Players Club (ODPC) sponsors this event. Workshops are being held every day with well-known players teaching them. There is jamming all hours of the day and night along with concerts, and a vendor area.
At the fair there is an area called the pioneer village. Crafts of old times are presented here. There is music, candle making, wooden bowl making, blacksmithing, coopering, and wheelwriting among other activities.
Even though this is a relatively small fair there is an area called the historical village which includes an old church brought down from the upper peninsula, an old school house, doctors office, blacksmith shop and more.
October 24-28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Tillers International
Make barrels using machinery such as power joiners, planers, table saws, band saws, and routers. Each student will leave with a 15 gallon barrel. This is an excellent class for the small-size artisanal cooper. PREREQUISITE: coopering barrels or equivalent experience.