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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 often teaches historical styles at the Folk School.

Elmer has been Blacksmithing since 1970 and has been a very active instructor and community member for decades. He was the Blacksmithing Resident Artist at the Folk School for eight years up to 2002. Elmer’s Blacksmith Shop is just down the road from the Folk School and we are so blessed to have him in our local community.

Take a moment to watch this beautiful video featuring Elmer forging his birler axe. The video filmed by Ben Peterson for CRKT debuted this week:

Visit Elmer Roush’s website.


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Contemporary coffee table design by John Campbell

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

by Cory Marie Podielski on March 17, 2016

in Class Picks, Featured Classes, In the Garden

As the mountain landscape becomes greener every day, many of us are planning and planting our home gardens. This spring and summer, we offer several classes to help you cultivate your crops and enjoy the fruits of your harvest in the kitchen.

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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?

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Come join us at the peak of spring for a fun class at the John C. Campbell Folk School! It’s a great place to celebrate life, to make new friends, experience all kinds of arts and crafts being created and to relax and try something you have always wanted to do.

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I’ll help you capture your chosen subjects on canvas to take home and enjoy for years to come. We will paint outdoors “en plein air” and in the studio, discovering ways you intuitively express your creative voice. We will use simple color palettes and learn to capture the essence of what you love in the world around you in spring, whether flowers, clouds, mountains, trees, the lovely spring landscape or the dew on wet grass (just to name a few….). The choice is yours and I will be there to help!

Any questions? Feel free to ask!   Come celebrate spring and enjoy painting it!

Mary Jane Volkmann

Register for the May 1, 2016  Painting the World around Us online or call registration at 1-800-FOLK-SCH.


Spring is so close, you can feel it in the air! The recent beautiful weather in Brasstown has us thinking about all the exciting upcoming 2016 classes that take us out into the natural world to explore plants, animals, and the Appalachian landscape. Enjoy these class picks celebrating the great outdoors and join us this spring and summer.

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