The Craft of Recycling: Finding a New Purpose

"Tallgaters Eat Their Young" by Mr. Jeff Menzer, created in Kim Joris' "The Art of ReUse: Working with Found Objects" (Jan 26-Feb 1, 2014)
“Tallgaters Eat Their Young” by Mr. Jeff Menzer, created in Kim Joris’ “The Art of ReUse: Working with Found Objects” (Jan 26-Feb 1, 2014)

Folk Art embraces a strong tradition of using everyday, readily available materials to build aesthetically beautiful, yet functional art: textiles, tools, and craft pieces made from the things we have, can forage, or acquire. Up-cycling, reuse, and recycling have captured our local and national attention. Reduce your carbon footprint and make a treasure to cherish for years to come. The Folk School offers many classes that incorporate the spirit of recycling. So open that junk drawer, dust off those sentimental knick-knacks and keep reading.

A fibula made by Tom Patterson using recycled bronze, silver and copper.
A fibula made by Tom Patterson using recycled bronze, silver and copper.

Jewelry Rehab
Join instructors Tom and Kay Patterson during Earth Week (April 20-26) for Beginning Jewelry-Basic Refabrication with a strong emphasis on using recycled and re-purposed materials. Tom and Kay provide comprehensive instruction in using the basic tools of jewelry-making: fabrication, forging, hot and cold connections, bench-top refining of metals, and foraging for raw materials. While this class is designed for beginners, experienced jewelers may take inspiration from a renewed look at the craft and materials. Tom and Kay are teaching a Weekend version of this class Nov. 14-16.

And speaking of Nov 14-16…

A whimsical sculpture made from an assortment of recycled plastics by David Edgar
A whimsical sculpture made from an assortment of recycled plastics by David Edgar

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Sweet on John C. Campbell

Birds, Butterflies, and Bee: Pollinators in the Folk School Garden
Birds, Butterflies, and Bee: Pollinators in the Folk School Garden

 

"Chocolate & French Pasteries" with Katia Reeb
Making Sweet Treats in the Cooking Studio

It’s true – flowers and chocolates are classic tokens of affection. To really woo your sweetie this year, make him or her a handmade gift from your heart. To really really woo your darling, do Valentine’s Day differently this year. Surprise him or her with a real treat – a Folk School class you know they’ll love. Embrace romance and take a look at our Valentine’s Day themed class recommendations.

Spend a week together in the mountains creating, growing, and relaxing. Instead of getting a box of chocolates, consider the class Making Artisan Chocolate, spice it up with Eclectic Indian Cuisine, or bake a pie for your sweetie in the Lost Art of Pie Making.

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English Country Dance Weekend

Kick up your heels and take a dance class together like English Country Dance, Learn to Contra Dance, or Contra and Square Dancing.

Gardens are romantic spots – discover how to grow Heirloom Vegetables, Mushrooms, or Tomatoes. You know what they say about the birds and the bees! Learn all about the Garden Pollinators: Birds, Bees, and Butterflies or Beekeeping-How Sweet it Is.

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AACB Holds Hammer-In at the Folk School

Fireplace Tool Set by Paul Garrett, Susan Hutchinson, Lynda Metcalfe, Julie Clark, Andy Phillips, Clint Busbee, and Ron Nichols
Fireplace Tool Set by Paul Garrett, Susan Hutchinson, Lynda Metcalfe, Julie Clark, Andy Phillips, Clint Busbee, and Ron Nichols

On Friday night before the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, blacksmiths from the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB) met for their annual meeting at John C. Campbell Folk School.  The members worked into the wee hours of the morning together on many projects to put into the auction the following day. Some blacksmiths came together to create larger projects. Like a hotter, louder version of a quilting bee, an event like this is called a “Hammer-In”  where experienced blacksmiths come tougher to share ideas and collaborate on projects.

Seven of the blacksmiths including Folk School resident artist and instructor Paul Garrett and instructors Susan Hutchinson, Lynda Metcalfe, Julie Clark, Andy Phillips, Clint Busbee, and Ron Nichols worked together to create a Contemporary Free Form Fireplace Tool Set (seen above) which sold for $650 in the Saturday auction. Susan Hutchinson came up with the design for the tool hangers, Julie Clark created the handles, Lynda Metcalfe and Paul Garrett designed and created the stand, Clint Busbee tied the broom, and Paul Garrett created the shovel from a single piece of metal.  The overall concept for the piece was to create a contemporary free-form fireplace tool set with traditional joinery. 

The members of the AACB gather at the Blacksmith Shop at John C. Campbell Folk School
The members of the AACB gather at the Blacksmith Shop at the John C. Campbell Folk School

The members of the AACB collectively raised over $1000 with the projects they created that night. Next year, Paul hopes to expand the meeting to a larger event, where people who attend the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction can attend watch the projects actually being created at the Hammer-In. 

What’s New at the Folk School?

“We Still Make Things” is a video series that we do to show you what our students are up to at the Folk School. Here’s the video from this week:

 

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Tools of Your Trade

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Making Woodworking and Blacksmithing Tools with David Smucker

Almost every Folk School class utilizes valuable craft-making tools – tools that help us to get the job done. The Folk School offers several tool-making classes to help you expand your own personal toolbox.

Do you love fly fishing or archery? Imagine telling your buddy on your next fishing/hunting trip, “I made this rod!” or “I made this longbow!” Here at the Folk School, we still make things, and tools are no exception.

Check out the following cool tools classes coming up at the Folk School:

Aug. 23-25: A Weekend of Pens (Weekend) • Kurt Hertzog
Aug. 23-25: Build a Gas Forge (Weekend) • Bob Alexander
Sept. 8-13: Bamboo Fly Rod Making (Sun-Fri) • Doug Hall

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Bamboo Fly Rod Making with Doug Hall

Oct. 6-12: Making Woodworking and Blacksmithing Tools • David Smucker
Oct. 13-19: Mastering Power Tools in the Workshop • Al Trevillyan & Jim Stafford
Feb. 7-9: Drawing for Your Craft (Weekend) • Annie Cicale
Mar. 16-21: Making Woodworking Tools (Sun-Fri) • Chuck Patrick & John Kraus
Mar. 30-Apr 5: Traditional Joiner’s Chest • Bill Anderson

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Traditional Joiner’s Chest with Bill Anderson

May 18-24: Drawing Techniques and Tools • Pebbie Mott
May 18-24: Longbow Building • Tom Turgeon & Dawn Kelly

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Longbow Building with Dawn Kelly and Tom Turgeon

June 8-14: Tools of the Trade of Professional Fiction • Wendy Webb
June 1-7: Making Traditional Molding Planes • Bill Anderson & Peter Ross

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A traditional molding plane. Photo by Alex Himwich.