A Brand New “Green” House!

The new green student housing at the Folk School

At the beginning of this month, a new student house opened its doors. Located next to Bidstrup House, near the trail that leads to Orchard House, the new building is being referred to as the “Field House,” but naming opportunities still exist for its more permanent title.

In addition to featuring beautiful views all around, the building is a “green” one. The new student house rated very well in Energy Star modeling. The HERS rating is close to 50, which means it is expected to use only HALF the energy of a comparable code-compliant, conventionally built house!

We hope our student guests will enjoy all this high tech comfort as well as the simple Folk School style decor and furnishings (many made by local artists!).

Read more about the new building.

Ask our registration staff about this great new house next time you sign up for a class. Reserve your space early – it’s filling up fast!


Murray Martin with Brasstown Carvers
Murray Martin with Brasstown Carvers. Photo taken ca. 1954. From Berea Collection.

Carving, or “whittling” is one of the first crafts that comes to mind when one thinks of mountain crafts.  This might be because it doesn’t take a lot to get started.   The historic Brasstown Carvers used their pocket knives as tools.  They used wood that was available to them, such as walnut and buckeye, and they carved what they knew.  Since most of them were farmers, there were many renderings of geese, dogs, horses, and pigs.  Under the direction of Murray Martin, one of the first craft instructors at the Folk School, the work of the Brasstown Carvers was marketed successfully across the country.  Brasstown Carvings were shipped internationally as well; Queen Elizabeth purchased two of Avery Beavers’ colts and directed her lady-in-waiting to write a thank-you note.

Photo taken ca. 1954.  From Berea Collection.
Tennessee Mule by Jack Hall. Photo by John Bailey.