Purchase recordings of virtual workshops (30-day rentals, $10 each) and watch Appalachian Traditions Discussions recordings (free).

You asked, we answered! If you missed one of our previous virtual demonstrations, they are now available for purchase. These videos were created with our students and community in mind as a way to bring a piece of the Folk School to your home. Our virtual demos feature a variety of subject offerings, taught by master instructors from our mentorship and workshop series. All virtual demos were recorded live. We hope you enjoy!

Proceeds from our virtual demos will go to future virtual events and programming at the Folk School. Videos are available to watch for up to 30 days after purchase.

 

Basketry

Canon County Style White Oak Egg Basket

with Sue Williams

Learn about the quintessential Appalachian egg basket from a Tennessee Governor’s Folk Life Award winner who weaves in a traditional style from Canon County, TN. Recorded live on October 7, 2020.

Price: $10.

 

Blacksmithing

Traditional Ironwork and Tools of Appalachia

with Jim Kennady

Learn about traditional Appalachian blacksmithing including making tools, cooking utensils, and farm and mining equipment. Recorded live on November 5, 2020.

Price: $10.

Incorporating Tradition - Old Processes/New Projects

with Susan Hutchinson

Learn about the community role of smiths in pre-industrial rural areas and how traditional techniques can be used in modern approaches. Recorded live on November 11, 2020.

Price: $10.

Forge an Axe or Tomahawk

with John Scroggin

Learn from a blacksmith who specializes in reproduction and early restoration, and explore several methods to create a fine, functional tool. Recorded live on November 19, 2020.

Price: $10.

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Jason Lonon

Jason is a professional woodworker and blacksmith. In his blacksmith shop, Jason specializes in making traditional woodworking tools, and for fun he carves wooden bowls and spoons. Recorded live on August 8, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

 

Broom Making

Making a Witches Broom

with Marlow Gates

Just in time for Halloween, watch master Marlow Gates as he makes an "Authentic" Witches Broom, 4' - 5' in length, complete with a crooked handle, dyed purple broom corn and green accent wrap. Recorded live on October 2, 2020.

Price: $10.

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Marlow Gates

Marlow is a second-generation broommaker, carrying on his father’s tradition of craftsmanship in broommaking. Marlow now joins his wife, Diana, in creating brooms as functional art at their studio in Big Sandy Mush, North Carolina. Recorded live on September 14, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

 

Chairmaking

Appalachian Chairmaking

with Lyle Wheeler

Learn about Appalachian chairmaking from a maker who specializes in chairs featuring traditional tools and styles from the late 1800s in native Appalachian hardwoods. Recorded live on November 17, 2020.

Price: $10.

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Lyle Wheeler

Lyle Wheeler has been working wood for most of his life, specializing in ladderback chairs and furniture from the late 19th century, and is an accomplished blacksmith. Recorded live on June 15, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: $10.

 

 

Dolls

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Anne Freels

Anne is a full-time craft artist who has been making corn shuck dolls since 1975. She is devoted to the creative process of craft, and especially the alchemy of transforming raw, natural materials into new forms. Anne’s dolls represent her imaginative notions of folklore, legend, myth, and earthly and celestial entities, as well as traditional Appalachian themes. Recorded live on November 30. 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

 

Dyeing

A Colorful Moment: Uses of Natural Dyed Fleece in Spinning and Felt Making

with Martha Owen

Hand and drum card dyed fleece for different effects in finished yarns, knit wear and felt making. Recorded live on October 4, 2020.

Price: $10.

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Catharine Ellis

Catharine Ellis is an internationally acclaimed textile artist who is well-known for developing the technique of woven shibori. Specializing in both weaving and dyeing, she has also done extensive research and experimentation with natural dyes. Recorded live on July 13, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

 

Fiber Arts

Eco-prints: Botanical Fun

with Pat Armstrong

Discover how natural dyes, the tannins in leaves, and iron water interact to create unique contact prints on silk fabric. Recorded live on October 29, 2020.

Price: $10.

From Sleeping Beauty to the Industrial Revolution

with Martha Owen

See how a simple spinning tool created great change. Recorded live on November 10, 2020.

Price: $10.

 

 

Music & Dance

Playing, Dancing, and Singing Appalachian Style

with Aubrey Atwater

Learn about freestyle flatfoot clogging and play-party dances, traditional songs, and instruments - all as a means to explore the cultural history and heritage of Appalachia, north and south. Recorded live on October 13, 2020.

Price: $10.

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Aubrey Atwater

Aubrey Atwater from Warren, Rhode Island, is an award-winning folk musician, vocalist, writer, and dancer. A performer and teacher throughout the U.S. and beyond, she sings and plays mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, guitar, mandolin, and Irish whistle, and thrills audiences with highly percussive traditional clogging. Recorded live on May 18, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

 

Nature Studies

An Afternoon with the Trees

with Carol Parks

Get to know some of the Folk School's magnificent trees, just as they're putting on their autumn colors. Learn the basics of tree identification, the history and folklore of these trees, and what makes each one unique and memorable. Recorded live on October 1, 2020.

Price: $10.

An Introduction to Birding

with Liz Domingue

Learn how to find, identify, and appreciate our southern Appalachian birds. Recorded live on October 2, 2020.

Price: $10.

 

Photography

Capture Nature through the Lens

with Liz Domingue

Learn the basic techniques of nature photography! Enhance your photographic skills and explore the flora and fauna of our natural surroundings, from butterflies and other invertebrates to birds and abundant plant life. Recorded live on October 3, 2020.

Price: $10.

 

 

Quilting, Sewing and Needlework

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Pepper Cory, Penny Prichard & Sue Williams

Join us for Appalachian Traditions, a virtual discussion with instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft. In this discussion, hear from a group of talented quilting, sewing, cooking, and basketry instructors on their craft, followed by a Q&A. Recorded live on April 27, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

 

Woodcarving

Appalachian Traditions Discussion

with Helen Gibson

Helen Gibson has been the Folk School’s Resident Woodcarver since 1990 and is a Brasstown Carver in the famed local tradition. She studied with Jack Hall and is one of the few instructors who still carves and teaches the Brasstown Nativity figures she illustrates in her books, “Carving the Nativity” and “The Animals of the Nativity.” Recorded live on October 19, 2020. Click here to view.

Price: Free.

 

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