This Old Cabin: Shingles and Shakes Workshop at Vance Birthplace

Event Description

Have you ever wanted to touch the artifact at a museum? Now is your chance! Our buildings are artifacts!

The Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, along with the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, are excited to offer a series of workshops highlighting the historic buildings that make up the Vance family farmstead. The Vance family and eighteen enslaved people lived and worked on the farm from the early 1790s to the late 1830s.

Visit the site during one of these workshops and learn about the history of the property and the craftsmanship of the buildings.  Hone your skills or learn some new ones through the lens of our structures!  

For this hands-on workshop, the site welcomes local wood workers Nate Chambers and Drew Langsner as they demonstrate the production of hand-split shingles (shakes). Mr. Langsner, owner of the former Country Workshops, a woodworking school and store that focused on traditional craftsmanship, and Mr. Chambers of Chambers Woodcraft, will discuss proper wood and tool selection. Then, with the help of our experienced instructors, participants will try their hand at the art of shingle making.

Registration required!