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Hammer Time in the Blacksmith Shop

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 13, 2015

in Around Campus, Blacksmithing, Special Events


Blacksmiths worked while onlookers enjoyed the show on Friday, November 6 during the 3rd Annual Hammer-In.


Items created at the Hammer-In: Wine rack / Fireplace set / Colonial cookware set


Mike working with the torch on the vise.

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 the smiths in action. A large crowd enjoyed watching professional blacksmith working together in the shop.

Tim Ryan and Pattie Bagley served delicious fare and the evening was a merry affair for both the audience and working blacksmiths alike. [click to continue…]


Your Holiday Season Event Guide

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 13, 2015

in Community Events, Holidays, Music & Dance

Header-Holiday-Events-BlogThe Folk School’s holiday season is filled with festive classes, concerts, dances, parties, and holiday sales. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. See our complete Holiday Event Schedule below:

Holiday-Sidebar2 Wreath Making

December 3 • 7 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Learn to make decorative holiday wreaths for free with supplies provided by the Folk School. The wreaths created will be used to beautify the Folk School during the holiday season.
For more information please call Tammy or Kim at our office at 828-837-2775. Limited space available.

Decorating Day

December 5 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Community Room, Keith House
Join the fun of decorating the Folk School for the holidays. Decorations will be provided.
Call the main office at 828-837-2775 or email us at to sign up. Space is limited.

Fireside Sale

December 6 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Keith House and Davidson Hall
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in our beautifully decorated Keith House and Davidson Hall (next to the Craft Shop). Craftspeople will offer handmade items such as jewelry, weaving, forged iron, photography, quilts and turned wood. [click to continue…]


From the Desk of Jan Davidson: Life Goes On

by Jan Davidson, Director on November 12, 2015

in Featured Classes, Jan writes ...


Leaf-GoldenDear Family,

Monday before the Fall Festival was a lovely soft morning in Brasstown, with a low cloud just burning off. I was on the way to Morningsong and just about to walk in the big red door at Keith House, when a car roared into the driveway. “Jan!” the guy said, “Hey! This is my fiancé.” “Howdy. Howdy.” “Met her right here! We’ve just moved to Brasstown! See you this weekend!” That was pretty much the conversation, except the speeding off and a waved “Woo hoo!”

At the coffee pot, a blacksmith—you get good at knowing this sort of thing, when you’ve been at it a while—greets me, “Jan! You’re still here! I made a knife here ten years ago! Been trying to come back ever since. Say, did you happen to find my Jar Jar Binks mug?” I assured him that if he left it here, it was probably still here because nobody we know would take it. [click to continue…]


Whole Bird Weekend with Mark Rosenstein

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 11, 2015

in Cooking, Featured Classes, Featured Teacher


Juicy, tender duck breast in the cast iron pot

Halloween weekend brought delicious dismemberment to the Folk School. Don’t panic! All the butchery occurred under the expert tutelage of Mark Rosenstein in the Cooking Studio for the class “Whole Bird Weekend,” where students learned advanced techniques for preparing duck, chicken, and turkey for maximum flavor and juiciness.


Mark demonstrates how to debone a turkey leg


Jerry adds flavor with thyme and marjoram / Students work on deboning a chicken / Sheila blanches spinach for the stuffing.

Mark Rosenstein is a critically acclaimed veteran restaurateur who has been running restaurants in the WNC for over 40 years. Mark’s cooking is based on local, seasonal ingredients and his current passion is cooking with fire. His newest project, the Smoky Park Supper Club in the River Arts District in Asheville, features wood-fired, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine. If you are interested in wood-fired cooking, check out Mark’s upcoming January Folk School class: Wood-fired Cookery – Breads, Meats, and Vegetables. [click to continue…]


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!