Life in Biblical Times: Weaving & Metal-Working
Wool, Flax, Bugs & Snails: Tapestry-Weaving for the Mishkan,
Metals of the Mishkan: Copper, Silver (Pewter)
Re-enact hands-on how the Children of Israel may have created beautiful Tabernacle tapestries in the Wilderness. Cut wool from a live sheep, spin wool into yarn, feel flax in the various stages of linen-making, learn about animal-derived dyes, ply 24-strand, 4-colored yarn & 28-strand, 5-colored yarn according to Rashi, weave cloth using Rashi's "double-wall" technique. Spin and weave with tools like those pictured in Egyptian tombs. Imagine how Jewish women may have "spun the goats" (see Rashi on Shmot: 35:26) as a molting bunny sits quietly on our lap while we spin its loose wool into Angora yarn!
Portions of this workshop are based on Rashi: Shmos/Exodus, by Rabbi YIZ Herczeg; The Torah Anthology, by Meam Loez; The Living Torah, by Rabbi A. Kaplan; Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, by EJW Barber; and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
Using photos from The Tabernacle, by Moshe Levine, learn some types of metal-working mentioned in the Torah. Shape and decorate copper using metal punches, wooden anvils and hammers, and wooden dapping blocks. Use sand-casting techniques to turn a silver-like pewter cube into a carrying ring.
Length: 3-3 1/2 hours for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults
Cost: $18/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.