John C. Campbell Folkschool Bowl

A number of years ago my wife suggested that we attend the John C. Campbell Folkschool for our vacation. I hadn’t heard of the Folkschool, so didn’t pay as much attention to the recommendation as I should have. She finally gave me the catalog and I was hooked. We went and had a wonderful time.

For those of you that don’t know about the Folkschool, it was founded in 1925 in Brasstown, North Carolina as a non-competitive environment for the teaching of handcrafts and other local skills. Really though, it’s more like camp for adults.

I have been many times and have also assisted in teaching woodturning classes there and my wife has taught quilting there a number of times and we’ve always enjoyed ourselves.

You can check out their website at:

Since we have always had such a good time learning such a variety of things – woodturning, blacksmithing, bookmaking, enameling, mountain dulcimer playing and the like, that we’ve felt we need to give back to the school. I often donate a regular bowl to the school for one of their fundraising auctions, but this year I decided to do something a bit special. I created this bowl incorporating the John C. Campbell Folkschool logo – Sing Behind the Plow.

2010 Campbell  Donation Bowl

The bowl is made of cherry and I added a unique texture to the outside using my homemade woodburner and a coil heating element. The inside was done with thousands of dots using a regular woodburning tip.

The next time you’re looking for a fun vacation, check out the John C. Campbell Folkschool. You won’t be disappointed.

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