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May 11, 2016 -

Woodworkers, furniture designers  and history buffs will want to come see the newest exhibition and upcoming events at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum: The Shakers – Decoding an Identity.

On loan for 2016 from Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts and the Canadian Museum of History, this exhibition explores how a culture designed furniture to reflect its own morals and beliefs. The Shakers also includes significant pieces from the Kingston area. 

A number of upcoming events and opportunities are planned at the museum to compliment the exhibit, including:

  • An opening reception on Thursday, May 19 – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Shake'n Make on Saturday, July 23 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – experience the life of the Shakers and the innovations inspired by them. Understand the storytelling nature of dance with local performers. See the live sheep and weaving with the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners. Plant a seed with local farmers at this full-day event.
  • Shaker woodworking skill series – May 21 and 28; June 25; and Aug. 20 and 21

Over four workshops, participants (ages 14 years and up) will learn to select and maintain the proper tools, turn spindles on a lathe, learn some advanced joinery, and practice their hand plane technique while they work toward building a shaker-inspired candle stand. Each skill day teaches a new component necessary to complete this final project.

Cost: $235 for the series Register at using code 95105 or call 613-546-4291, ext. 1700.

  • May 21 – Woodworking Skill Series: Sharpening & Restoration
  • May 28 – Woodworking Skill Series: Learn to Turn
  • June 25 – Woodworking Skill Series: Joinery
  • Aug. 20 and 21 – Woodworking Skill Series: Final Project

For more information about the workshops call 613-542-0543 or email The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is located at 2993 Highway 2 right beside Grass Creek Park. See for exhibit, hours and admission details.

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