Explore Textiles, Trims, Furniture and More

Our workshop series continues, letting you learn from the experts behind the restoration of Henry Ford’s century-old estate.

Our team of craftspeople, artisans and conservators will show you how they are applying their expertise to the Fair Lane estate.

The series features talks, tours, and hands-on lessons. The workshops also provide an opportunity to tour the restoration work going on inside the house.

Space in each class is limited, and we ask that you register in advance online here. For questions, reach out to us at

The classes include:

The Craft of Caned Furniture


Aug. 11, 2018, 1-4 p.m.

Learn to identify various types of caning and the wide variety of patterns. The local artisan who is working on re-creating caned furniture for the Fair Lane estate, Jim Eddy of Grandville, Mich., will lead the workshop. Guests may bring in a piece of furniture to get advice from the expert. There will be a house tour at the end of the workshop.

Tickets are $50 for non-members, and $45 non-members

Trims, Tassels and Textiles Talk and Tour


Sept. 8, 2018, 1-3 p.m.

Learn about the small touches that add interest and luxury to Fair Lane—from fine fabrics to rugs to passementerie (narrow trims applied as borders). Find out how we had these items recreated to complete the authentic restoration of the Fords’ home! Tickets are final, no returns or exchanges.

Tickets are $30 non-members, and $25 for members.

Conserving Historic Furniture


1-4 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018

Learn tricks and tips to best care for your treasured antique furniture. Experts working on Fair Lane’s restoration will focus on older finishes, hardware, and basic simple repairs. Participants may bring in a small piece of furniture, drawer, or element to show our expert and ask for advice. There will be a house tour at the end of the workshop

Tickets are $50 for non-members, and $45 non-members.