Tools of Your Trade

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

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

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.


NC Writers’ Network & John C. Campbell Folk School Sponsor Susan Anderson & Linda Smith

On Thursday, March 2l, 2013, John Campbell Folk School and N.C. Writers Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry from 7-8p.m. The reading is free of charge and open to the public.  Poets Linda Smith and writer Susan Anderson will be the featured readers.


Linda Smith, poet and writer, from Hayesville, NC is a long time member of NCWN West. She writes poetry inspired by the mountains that surround this area and from memories of things past.  She also writes essays and fiction. Linda is nearing completion of a mystery novel.  Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Lights in the Mountains, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, anthologies of NetWest, Mountain Time, Sand, Sea and Sail, the Freeing Jonah series, Night Whispers, Looking Back. and Future Cycle 2012. 



Susan Anderson

Susan is a wife and mother of six, which provides plenty of writing material. She lives in Hayesville, loves the mountains, the trees, the birds, the quiet, and the smell of deciduous woods.  She likes to write “through the lens of faith” and is inspired by all kinds of music and nostalgia.  She enjoys writing memoir and personal essay.  She seeks truth and beauty in all things.  Her hobbies are competitive swimming, reading anything good, shabby chic decorating, vintage shopping and she has four finches whose names are Ziggy, Twiggy, Groupie, and Cerise.

NC Writers Network West Sponsor: Lucy Cole Gratton and Jo Carolyn Bebe


On Thursday, October 18th  2012, John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West are sponsoring a reading of poetry and prose to be held at John Campbell Folk School in Keith House at 7:00 PM. The reading is free of charge and open to the public.  Poet/writers Lucy Cole Gratton and Jo Carolyn Bebe will be the featured readers.

Lucy Cole Gratton

tton is a retired CPA living in Murphy, a native of Decatur, Georgia, holds degrees in mat

hematics from Agnes Scott College and University of Florida.  After retirement and her move to the mountains, she served as Executive Director for the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition for several years.  She continues to assist with accounting for the Coalition as well as serving many volunteer hours.

She has been writing for herself for many years – only lately seeking to publish.  She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network and regularly attends critiques, readings and participates in activities of that organization.  She has attended several poetry educational classes at the John Campbell Folk School and has read here previously.

Her interests in protecting our natural environment are reflected in her writings and life on her acreage on Lake Apalachia.   Along with her poetry, she will be reading tonight from her soon to be published chapbook, Inagehi.

Jo Carolyn Bebe

Jo Carolyn Bebe has recently had her favorite poem, Hopewell Cemetery, published in

 WOMEN’S SPACES  WOMEN’S PLACES. She feels privileged to be among 50 Georgia and North Carolina women writers selected to appear in this new anthology.


Writing poetry does not come easy for her. “I’d rather write prose. I seem to have, as G. G. Vandagriff says, “Voices in my blood.” I carry around stories of my ancestors.”

None the less, she has had poems published in Main Street Rag (about a girl who lost a falsie on the basketball court) and in Clothes Lines (about my grandmother who didn’t wear underwear). She has also had stories published in Lonzie’s Fried Chicken and Lights in the Mountains, and personal essays in Heroes from Hackland and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge   .”And contrary to what creative writers are taught, I can’t just start writing and then go back and edit my stories. I have to “fix” each sentence as I go along. I enjoy that challenge.”


Having lived in 27 houses, she is now content to live in our little log house in Towns County, Georgia.