Category: Hear from Students

A Week of Hard Work Produces a Gorgeous Nuno-felted Jacket

We rock and ROLLED all week in Linda Veilleux’s Seamless, Nuno-felted Jacket class. Laying out wool for an entire long sleeved seamless coat that includes 45% shrinkage is no simple task, even for a short person like me. But thanks to our talented and patient teacher, we all are going home with finished coats – that FIT. She made the calculations easy with her computer program for the math impaired, and failed to notice our figure faults when taking our measurements. We shingled out pounds of wool onto multiple yards of silk then applied the magic ingredients, hot water, soap and elbow grease, lots of elbow grease.

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Learning Guitar at the Folk School

“What was I thinking?” passed through my mind several times last week while I sat in “Intro Guitar” class at the Folk School. In other studios, I imagined, students happily wove Shaker rugs or rolled polymer clay into intricate beads. Why had I signed up for a music class? My left fingers hurt from pressing on the steel guitar strings, I couldn’t change from a G chord to a D chord fast enough, and I’d probably never get “Goodnight Irene” out of my head again.

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Fun For the Whole Family!

This week’s rug weaving teacher, Nancy Crampton, says her idea of a vacation is a change of pace- trying something new. Her family must agree. For seven years now, Nancy’s family, including her husband, son, daughter, and son-in-law, have made the Folk School an annual family vacation. They are taking (and in Nancy’s case, teaching) different classes, but the Folk School experience is something they enjoy sharing together. Nancy, who initially came to the Folk School to take an enameling class from a favorite instructor, says her family enjoys the air of creativity that permeates the campus.

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Timber Framing Class Produces Pergola

Charles Judd’s recent timber framing class (May 22-28) contributed a wonderful addition to our campus: a pergola in front of the Willard Baxter Woodturning Studio. Students worked as a team to create a traditional timber frame using mortise and tenon joinery and wood pegs.

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Friendship Wrapped up in a Basket

Another wonderful week at John C. Campbell Folk School has come and gone. Again, my daughter and I found ourselves not willing to leave. She took a jewelry class using blacksmithing techniques and enjoyed it immensely, while I took a very interesting basketry class with instructor Nancy Jones. The techniques Nancy taught me were new and different from others I had learned previously. After studying Peruvian ceremonial burial baskets, Nancy was able to reproduce the style in modern baskets. Nancy used her findings in these Peruvian baskets as a basis for the unique twill technique she taught us during the class.

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Beginners Welcome

During lunch on first day of classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School, I sat across from a young gentleman whose nametag indicated he was in the blacksmithing class.  I asked if he had any experience in the craft.  “I’d never picked up a hammer before today,” he replied with a smile.

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A Reunion

As I walked through the doorway into the office to register for this week’s class at the John C. Campbell Folk School, I thought I heard someone call my name.  I turned around to see my dear friend Lynne walking towards me, arms outstretched.

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A Moment to Spare

I’ve caught the blacksmithing bug. I’m here writing but would rather have a hammer in my hand, an anvil to my right and a forge to my left. Today has  been the most productive day in the shop. Early on Paul, the resident blacksmith (a job smiths would die for), came in and helped me with my hammer grip. He and Susan, my instructor for the week, both trained with Uri Hoffi, an Israeli smith. Uri not only patented a way of striking, but makes his own hammers. Every now and then he travels to the US, teaches classes, and visits smiths.

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Take Our Carpooling Survey

Many of our students have mentioned on their comment forms that they’d like a way to carpool to their week at the Folk School. We’d like to do something about this that will work for both you and for us, and we need your input.

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Our new website is live and this blog has moved to folkschool.org/stories

Please visit and bookmark the News & Stories page as all new content will appear over there and blog.folkschool.org will soon head to the archives. We’ll continue to bring you tales about the Folk School experience from the perspective of teachers and students, along with the latest news from our staff and Resident Artists. We’re in the process of transferring our blog archive over to the new website, but there are plenty of interviews and anecdotes to dive into today.

Current Catalog

Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our new January–December 2022 Catalog is now available. View the eCatalog online. To receive a printed catalog in the mail, complete our Request a Catalog form on our website.

Online Craft Shop

Our online Craft Shop is now live! Support our vision, mission, and values by purchasing handcrafted items. Our online selection of items will continue to grow, so check back regularly for new items, interviews and more.

Class Subjects

Our new website is live and this blog has moved to folkschool.org/stories

Please visit and bookmark the News & Stories page as all new content will appear over there and blog.folkschool.org will soon head to the archives. We’ll continue to bring you tales about the Folk School experience from the perspective of teachers and students, along with the latest news from our staff and Resident Artists. We’re in the process of transferring our blog archive over to the new website, but there are plenty of interviews and anecdotes to dive into today.

Current Catalog

Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our new January–December 2022 Catalog is now available. View the eCatalog online. To receive a printed catalog in the mail, complete our Request a Catalog form on our website.

Online Craft Shop

Our online Craft Shop is now live! Support our vision, mission, and values by purchasing handcrafted items. Our online selection of items will continue to grow, so check back regularly for new items, interviews and more.