Loading Events

Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center

Upcoming Events

Events List Navigation

July 2017
July 28 @ 9:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Straight Stave Coopering Tools With the increasing interest in coopering from the craft brewing and distilling industries, our coopering classes continue to be popular. When people start to learn the ancient art of coopering, they find that the specialty tools required are hard to find, new or used. These tools make it possible to continue to refine your newly learned skills in coopering. Learn to make these tools using basic blacksmithing and machining skills. Lead instructor, Chuck Andrews and his…

Find out more »
July 28 @ 9:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I This is a great class for anyone interested in learning the basics of blacksmithing. It is a fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing which moves you through the fundamentals: basic hammer skills, heat treating, forge welding, and identification of “found” steels. It gives a foundation of experience on which to build with practice. With an anvil for each student, there is plenty of hands-on learning and superb coaching in this popular class. This is an excellent start for either a…

Find out more »
August 2017
August 5 @ 9:00 am - August 6 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I – CLASS FULL!  See new class add on July 28-29! This is a great class for anyone interested in learning the basics of blacksmithing. It is a fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing which moves you through the fundamentals: basic hammer skills, heat treating, forge welding, and identification of “found” steels. It gives a foundation of experience on which to build with practice. With an anvil for each student, there is plenty of hands-on learning and superb coaching in this…

Find out more »
August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Seed Saving Seed saving has been the practice of farmers and gardeners for thousands of years. Before the advent of seed companies offering seeds for sale in the 1800’s, the only way for a farmer or gardener to ensure seeds for the crops they grew was to save the seeds from a previous crop. In this way, the farmer was also able to choose the best qualities of the crop so that it performed best in the microclimate in which…

Find out more »
August 12 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Knife Making – CLASS FULL!! – SEE NEW CLASS ADDED FOR AUG. 19-20 Learning how to make tools is one of the most important skills learned in blacksmithing. Making knives is one of the skills many people learning blacksmithing are drawn to. In this class, you will make 1-2 small hand knives. Instructor Tim Carr is active on the board of the Michigan Artist Blacksmiths’ Association (MABA) and has been smithing for 22 years, 15 professionally. Tim will show you…

Find out more »
August 15 @ 9:00 am - August 19 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Coopering Barrels This class moves students from straight-stave to tapered stave coopering. Water-tight coopering is the most difficult form of coopering. Students learn to make bent staves and assemble them into traditional barrels. In this class, each student will complete a 5 gallon pin keg made with white oak.  Coopering Buckets or Piggins is a prerequisite unless student has substantial coopering experience. The June class must have at least 8 students enrolled before the registration for August class is opened.

Find out more »
August 26 @ 9:00 am - August 27 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Appalachian Brooms Hand made brooms can be beautiful and useful additions to any household. By learning this traditional skill and building upon it, you can take it to a new artistic level. Use hand-tying and stitching techniques to make superb sweeping brooms and great gifts. Learn broom handle selection, preparation, surface finishing, and broom corn selection. Learn the history of broom making. This class will prepare you to move forward with your skills and continue to develop this unique craft.…

Find out more »
September 2017
September 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Herb Walk and Medicine-Making Herbs are a traditional source of nutrition and medicine.  Join us for an herb walk on Tillers’ 430 acre farm to learn to identify and responsibly forage native seasonal plants with an emphasis on those that foster immunity and vitality, followed by a workshop on preparing herbs for use in teas, tinctures, infusions, and salves.

Find out more »
September 7 @ 9:00 am - September 8 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I This is a great class for anyone interested in learning the basics of blacksmithing. It is a fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing which moves you through the fundamentals: basic hammer skills, heat treating, forge welding, and identification of “found” steels. It gives a foundation of experience on which to build with practice. With an anvil for each student, there is plenty of hands-on learning and superb coaching in this popular class. This is an excellent start for either a…

Find out more »
September 9 @ 9:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing II Blacksmithing is a craft which requires practice to build skills. This class offers lots of hands-on projects to improve your hammer skills and add to your techniques. Work on two planned projects, a trivet and a set of tongs. You’ll have plenty of time to work on individual projects so bring ideas to work on. Our instructors will be available to give you all the coaching you will need while allowing you to work independently. This is a great…

Find out more »
September 14 @ 9:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Stone Masonry Instructors will take you through the history and theory of stone construction, making of mortar, and shaping of field stone into building stone. Presentations will provide insight into geology and the charactaristics of different stone types, the mechanics of splitting and dressing stone, and the evolution of mortar systems from ancient to modern. You will then have opportunities to practice selecting, splitting, shaping and building with raw materials quarried locally. . Instructors: Blair Bates and Tom Nehil

Find out more »
September 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Join us at Tillers’ Cooks Mill for our 15th Annual Harvest Fest! Autumn isn’t complete without a visit to Tillers International and our annual harvest festival. We will have the usual attractions: plowing and other draft animal demonstrations, blacksmiths and woodworkers showing off their skills, rope making, and more. As usual, there will be sorghum pressing, an elaborate, farm-wide scavenger hunt for kids, live music, delicious local food trucks and vendors, Tillers museum tours, and wagon rides. . Stay tuned…

Find out more »
September 25 @ 9:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Timber Framing & Raising Tillers’ Timber Frame classes specialize in historical post and beam construction featuring hand tools such as boring mills and framing chisels. Modern power tools are demonstrated and used on the margins. The classes build skills for producing quality work with or without the use of electricity. The key to good handwork is in knowing the strengths of tools and keeping them sharp. Enjoy the full experience of preparing timbers and raising a timber framed building. Learn…

Find out more »
September 30 @ 9:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I for Women Back by popular demand! Come learn blacksmithing and become a part of the rich history of female blacksmiths. This introduction to blacksmithng covers the same projects as Blacksmithing I.

Find out more »
September 30 @ 9:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Tinsmithing: Coffee/Tea Pots Instructor Mike Runyon on the class: “We will look at a variety of tea pot, coffee pot, and coffee boiler styles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Uses and construction techniques of each piece will be discussed. Students will then work through the project of their choosing. Options will range from relatively simple Shaker style tea pots to complex Filey style bent spout coffee posts. Projects will be based on time restraints and students’ skill level. PREREQUISITE:…

Find out more »
October 2017
October 3 @ 9:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Windsor Chairs In this five day class, students will fabricate parts and assemble them  for the construction of a Windsor bowback chair. The class will begin with a log and finish with a completed chair. The topics covered will include riving a log, sharpening, use of a drawknife and spokeshave, bending wood, edge jointing, carving a seat, round mortise and tenon joinery, spindle turning on a lathe, chair assembly and finishing with milk paint.

Find out more »
October 12 @ 9:00 am - October 13 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Coopering Tools – Barrel Making Experienced artisinal coopers find it difficult to locate the specialty tools required to make quality barrels by hand. As an integral part of our coopering series, in this class you will make the tools needed for wet coopering. Using basic blacksmithing and machining skills you will make a floor jointer, hoop driver, froe, and rivet set. Chuck and his crew excel at making your experience rewarding. These are excellent companion classes to Coopering Buckets, Coopering…

Find out more »
October 13 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Ox Training/Driving Clinic Designed to take your ox training skills to a higher level. Tillers’ staff and guest instructors share training and driving skills for remote commands, driving from behind, use of lines, etc. Participants should have experience driving oxen before taking this class. Participants are encouraged to bring their own animals for focused training. Cost for boarding teams in $22/day. Tillers has a scholarship available for people interested in learning more about draft animal farming which will pay for…

Find out more »
October 14 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Coopering – Mary Rose Tankard Through history, coopered vessels have been seen in many shapes and sizes from small flasks to large barrels. The classes at Tillers have been limited to buckets, butter churns, and small barrels. This year, we are expanding our course offerings with a class making a small drinking cup called a tankard. The straight staved small container, traditionally called a “Mary Rose” tankard, has a wooden handle, and cover and is named after the tankards recovered…

Find out more »
October 14 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I This is a great class for anyone interested in learning the basics of blacksmithing. It is a fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing which moves you through the fundamentals: basic hammer skills, heat treating, forge welding, and identification of “found” steels. It gives a foundation of experience on which to build with practice. With an anvil for each student, there is plenty of hands-on learning and superb coaching in this popular class. This is an excellent start for either a…

Find out more »
October 20 @ 9:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing: Augers/Center Bits Entire populations have been wowed with the idea of making something out of nothing. But making nothing out of something is also a trick. Until recent history, making holes in wood, metal, and stone was an activity requiring great time and effort. In this class we will explore the hand-skills required to fashion simple center bits and augers to efficiently fashion holes in wood. An added bonus will be the making of square and tapered holes. The…

Find out more »
October 23 @ 9:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Production Barrel Making Production coopering is a scale of coopering a step beyond making individual barrels completely by hand. Here at Tillers International, we continue to hear from coopers and people interested in coopering about going into coopering as a business. With the increase in interest in coopering from the craft brewing and distilling industries, more coopers are needed to supply the demand for artisan barrels for aging beer and spirits. While it is important to both understand and perfect…

Find out more »
November 2017
November 1 @ 9:00 am - November 2 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I This is a great class for anyone interested in learning the basics of blacksmithing. It is a fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing which moves you through the fundamentals: basic hammer skills, heat treating, forge welding, and identification of “found” steels. It gives a foundation of experience on which to build with practice. With an anvil for each student, there is plenty of hands-on learning and superb coaching in this popular class. This is an excellent start for either a…

Find out more »
November 2 @ 9:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Bowl Turning on Spring Pole Lathe with Nathaniel Chambers Students should come prepared to work for this three day intensive workshop in bowl turning on the foot powered spring pole lathe! Wood selection, splitting and riving out of materials, axing out blanks, and overall efficiency will be covered on the morning of the first day, and students will then begin turning their very first bowl. For the remainder of our time together students will have plenty of time to turn…

Find out more »
November 3 @ 9:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing II Blacksmithing is a craft which requires practice to build skills. This class offers lots of hands-on projects to improve your hammer skills and add to your techniques. Work on two planned projects, a trivet and a set of tongs. You’ll have plenty of time to work on individual projects so bring ideas to work on. Our instructors will be available to give you all the coaching you will need while allowing you to work independently. This is a great…

Find out more »
November 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Cheesemaking – Hard Cheese Gary Colles, aka the “Cheese Smith” began making artisan cheese at home after eating “half his weight” in Stilton cheese in pubs across England, Ireland, and Scotland while he and his wife toured castles and gardens on vacation years ago. He has been making cheese for 16 years and, following training by noted experts in Michigan and Canada, he has been teaching cheesemaking classes for more than a decade. Gary enjoys showing students how to use…

Find out more »
November 11 @ 9:00 am - November 12 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Make a Shaving Horse The shaving horse in an essential tool for greenwood shops. Shaving horses are used to hold pieces of wood while the wood worker uses draw knives, spokeshaves, and other tools to shape the wood. It is a great illustration of early woodworking techniques. Materials are provided for either splitting a horse out of a log or making one of rough-sawn planks. This project gives plenty of practice in hand work. Students will go home with a…

Find out more »
December 2017
December 7 @ 9:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing I This is a great class for anyone interested in learning the basics of blacksmithing. It is a fast-paced introduction to blacksmithing which moves you through the fundamentals: basic hammer skills, heat treating, forge welding, and identification of “found” steels. It gives a foundation of experience on which to build with practice. With an anvil for each student, there is plenty of hands-on learning and superb coaching in this popular class. This is an excellent start for either a…

Find out more »
December 9 @ 9:00 am - December 10 @ 5:00 pm
Tillers International Cook’s Mill Learning Center, 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States

Blacksmithing II Blacksmithing is a skill which requires practice to build skills. Our this class does just that. This class offers lots of hands-on projects to improve your hammer skills and add to your techniques. Work on two planned projects, a trivet and a set of tongs. You’ll have plenty of time to work on individual projects so bring ideas to work on. Our instructors will be available to give you all the coaching you will need while allowing you…

Find out more »