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Back to the Future

At the Folk School, we often find inspiration from the past, giving us a vision for the present and the future. Since 1925, we’ve been engaging hearts and hands as we nurture our students’ creativity. To celebrate the crafts that have helped to shape the Folk School tradition for nine decades, we’ve pulled some photos from our archives. As we share them, we invite you to join us for a class, and help us to continue the Folk School’s rich craft heritage.

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

Your bucket list contains all the places you want to visit, and the experiences you’d like to have, during your lifetime. Many folks place a Folk School class high on their bucket list, as they want to enjoy a unique learning vacation on our beautiful 300-acre western North Carolina campus. When planning your visit, choose from over 50 intriguing subjects, taught by talented instructors who are passionate about sharing their craft with students. Browse our class picks below, and cross a “Folk School class” off your bucket list soon.

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Making Planes That Don’t Fly

I recently got the chance to take my first Woodworking class here at the Folk School. It was the “Making a Traditional Moulding Plane” class, where we made a variety of 19th century quarter sawn beech planes using antiques as examples, and using many antique tools to do the work. It was  a great class that had been very skillfully prepared and presented. It was taught by Bill Anderson and Peter Ross.

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Late November Landscape

The cast of color has changed greatly from earlier this month, from the hillsides around us which showed mostly the deeper russet reds and burnt oranges.  A few individual trees around the Folk School campus still glowed with vibrant oranges and yellows.  In this glorious fall, those who were here to study and play were surrounded by landscape colors changing and twirling to the ground every day. Work-study students prepared the garden for wintering over. November brought the mists again when the rains came. Patches of sunlight on the mountainsides revealed soft grays topped with pale burnished golds polished by the sun.

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The Folk School Cookbook

We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!

 

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