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SpearBrave
Thursday, December 30th, 2010, 01:49 AM
I have long been a huge fan of folk art and culture. It appears I am not alone on this issue. Over the years I have come across several folk schools that teach traditional folk arts and crafts. Here is one of these folk schools that our members here would find very interesting and may want to vacation there.

http://www.northhouse.org/

I suggest you view their web site and look at all the classes they offer. To me it would be a great place to learn and grow in cultural aspects.

Here is their mission statement.

" to enrich lives and build community
by teaching traditional northern crafts
in a student-centered learning environment
that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind."

Where else could you learn such things as :

basketry

boat building

clothing & jewelry

fiber arts

foods

knitting

music

northern ecology

outdoor skills & travel

painting & photography

sailing

shelter

sustainable living

timber framing

tool making

traditional crafts

woodcarving

woodworking

and many more.

thanks and enjoy.:)

Please this thread is to not debate what your opinion of cultural preservation is, this thread is for the discussion of Folk Schools and the classes they offer THANK YOU

SpearBrave
Monday, January 3rd, 2011, 11:29 AM
There are many folk schools across America and most offer classes in wide variety of topics. To me this is a great alternative to a university style education. I will post links to other schools later.

Of the classes North House has to offer I am most interested in building a nutshell pram. It is a small wooden sailing or rowing boat that would be perfect for the reservoir near my house.;)

http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac267/sidthekid999/nutshellpram.jpg
http://www.northhouse.org/courses/courses/course.cfm/cid/254

Many of the courses that these folk schools offer could lead into a career of hand arts. Provided you have the dedication to pursue and master your chosen craft.

Vindefense
Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 02:23 PM
The John C Cambell Folk school (https://www.folkschool.org/index.php?section=classes&method=by_subject) in Brasstown North Carolina, is one that I have always wanted to attend, I would be mostly interested in the woodcarving and woodworking classes although I could also see me taking quite a few other classes.


Also, the Vesterheim Museum (vesterheim.org/learning/classes_in_decorah.php)also has folk classes for Scandinavian crafts. I have always been awed by ornamental Norwegian acanthus carving and it just so happens that a master carver teaches a few classes there. I am debating on whether to fly to Iowa to take the class in June or go to MN where the instructor teaches the same class in August at the Milan Village Art school (http://milanvillageartsschool.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jnlppmp8&sess=14d1c33b6f319e69562eaddbf7db2ea7).

some inspiring images:

http://vesterheim.org/events/benefit-auction/2010/1020-1029/images/1022.jpg

http://www.nordicdragon.com/scs/k-98-vesterheim-3rd.jpg

http://fjordhorses.norskwoodworks.com/Stue1.jpg

Schattenjäger
Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 02:48 PM
This is really info from you guys! America is fortunate to have institutional freedom so such schools can exist. In present totalitarian Germany society is condemned mostly to forceful, jewmasonic education which is dumbing-down our children. :thumbdown

Forest_Dweller
Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 03:05 PM
The John C Cambell Folk school (https://www.folkschool.org/index.php?section=classes&method=by_subject) in Brasstown North Carolina, is one that I have always wanted to attend, I would be mostly interested in the woodcarving and woodworking classes although I could also see me taking quite a few other classes.


Also, the Vesterheim Museum (vesterheim.org/learning/classes_in_decorah.php)also has folk classes for Scandinavian crafts. I have always been awed by ornamental Norwegian acanthus carving and it just so happens that a master carver teaches a few classes there. I am debating on whether to fly to Iowa to take the class in June or go to MN where the instructor teaches the same class in August at the Milan Village Art school (http://milanvillageartsschool.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jnlppmp8&sess=14d1c33b6f319e69562eaddbf7db2ea7).

some inspiring images:

http://vesterheim.org/events/benefit-auction/2010/1020-1029/images/1022.jpg

http://www.nordicdragon.com/scs/k-98-vesterheim-3rd.jpg

http://fjordhorses.norskwoodworks.com/Stue1.jpg

You don't get interior design like this anymore....

Nobody puts any creativity into modern design these days, it's all about function. Why can't Ikea sell stuff like this?

Forestfrost
Saturday, March 26th, 2011, 04:32 PM
Wow, those links are great! I have always been interested in taking wood working classes, not really for vocational training but more with the idea of being able to create my own furniture, carvings, etc. :thumbup

MountainGuardian
Monday, March 28th, 2011, 05:34 AM
I need to get some picture of stuff we have made here. I had this idea years ago of more natural furniture, and I made a bookcase by cutting a 6ft log into a 1/4 piece legthwise, leaving on a branch running out the side at the top, I then cut the branch flat in 3 places on the top and flat across the back.

I then cut out shelves into the rough bark side of it with the chainsaw, it then fit perfectly into the corner as a book shelf, with the branch running the wall for putting knick knacks on.

I would like to try this again and set up a machine to guide the chainsaw, it was a lot of work to sand everything down with how rough it was.

I am partners in a woodmill with my freind Mark and he just cut a table from the trunk of a huge poplar tree. The table is 18 ft long 5 ft wide and includes about 5 ft of the fork in the trunk, I told him he should take pictures to the gambling casino and to bars, it would be perfect with the y at the end like that. Imagine the two of us trying to move that thing at 5 inches thick.... bad news bears routine...

Thanks for this thread, I will admit that I am not good enough to build what you have in the pictures, but what I lack in skill I make up for in creativity and love of woodworking.

My ultimate wood working dream is to eventually grow a barn frame and surrounding fences with poplar trees, and use the excess growth above the heights I need to mill the wood to cover it all with. I have my poplar starts in place as of this year, just eight to ten years to wait after that...
Likely to be a lifelong project... but what the heck...

You want to hear any more crazy wood ideas, just ask I have many of them..... lol