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Hammer Time in the Blacksmith Shop

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 13, 2015

in Around Campus, Blacksmithing, Special Events

The Friday night before the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, over 25 blacksmiths of the Southern Appalachian region met in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop for a Hammer-In to collaborate on fine artisan projects to donate to the auction. This was the 3rd Annual Hammer-In and the shop was open to the public to view […]


Chasing Rainbows

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 3, 2015

in Around Campus

We see some pretty amazing things here at the Folk School like this rainbow that was photographed about a week ago by our Resident Blacksmith Paul Garrett, using his iPhone, with no retouching. If you look closely, you may see the second rainbow directly over the large elm on the left!


The Folk School was recently featured on the Time Warner Cable network’s Around Carolina. A big “thanks” to Richard Green, who produced the show which highlighted our history, our non-competitive philosophy, and how we are preserving traditional craft. Featured in the show are Jan Davidson (our banjo picking director) and studio visits with Kurt Herzog […]


Firing It Up! Raku-Style

by Cory Marie Podielski on September 15, 2015

in Around Campus, Clay, Featured Classes, Featured Teacher

If you stroll by Studio Row when a class is doing a Raku firing at the outdoor kiln, you are in for an exciting, fiery surprise. I was lucky to catch Harry & Julie Hearne’s recent class, The Art of Throwing and Raku Firing, as they were firing their last pieces of the week. Western-style […]


Wow, just finished our 17th Dulcimer Celebration and it was wonderful. Every year I say it can’t get any better, but it seems to always be adding a special touch. The instructors that joined me this year (Bonnie Carol, Rob Brereton and Nina Zanetti) were such fun and all “in sync” with the Folk School […]