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In 1981, my husband John Clarke and I traveled cross country from Oregon to Brasstown in our un-aircondtioned ’66 blue Dodge Dart we called “Grandma.” We were coming to the six month John C. Campbell Folk School Homesteading program. John had already been to the Folk School to learn woodcarving with Jack Hall in 1977 […]

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Solace in Steel with Elmer Roush

by Cory Marie Podielski on March 24, 2016

in Blacksmithing, Featured Teacher, Folk School Folks

This week for our celebration of Scandinavian heritage, Elmer Roush is teaching Viking-style Ironwork in the Blacksmith Shop. Students are focusing on reproducing 10th-century Viking relics including spearheads, axes arrowheads, and locks. Elmer is renowned for creating hand forged functional hand tools, weapons and implements from 10th Century Viking to 18th Century American styles. He […]

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What do you love about spring? Have you experienced it in the mountains of North Carolina? The flowers have begun to burst open in joyful colors, the birds are singing, the air is fresh and the world is alive! Would you like to paint it? Come join us at the peak of spring for a […]

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This May, the sweet-stringed sounds of Leah Dolgoy’s autoharp will once again fill the Folk School campus with joy and magic. She returns to Brasstown to teach a music class focusing on the legacy of the Carter Family for continuing autoharpists. Leah is a two-term student host at the Folk School, she considers Appalachian old-time […]

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