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John C. Campbell Folk School

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davidg618

John C. Campbell Folk School

Has anyone been to the J. C. Campbell school? I've signed up for a course in Sept. (Charcuterie) and would like to hear others' impressions and comments.

David G

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mshuea2

I've been twice for fiber arts classes and it is so wonderful.  You would love it.  I was also invited to the cooking class' Thursday evening dinner and it was delicious.  They have a beautiful kitchen for the cooking classes and a big outdoor oven as well.  The instructors are top notch and, for most people, its an experience you will want to repeat.  Mary in A2

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davidg618

for your "thumbs up". Decades ago I was an avid woodcarver, and first heard about the John C. Campbell folk school then. I've been on their mailing list for years, each year searching their catalogue for a good reason to go; never found one until now. I'm looking forward to it, even more now, with your endorsement.

David G

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calliekoch

I spent 10 weeks there during the summer of 2010 as a work study. Basically I worked outdoors, mostly gardening, and doing other tasks around the school in exchanges for enrollment in classes. I took classes in blacksmithing, raw cooking, photography, wood carving, and a few others. I absolutely loved it there (in the summer, anyway). It is a beautiful part of the country. The week-long classes really allow you to become immersed in subjects that can rarely be learned anywhere else. It is a wonderful opportunity to take a class there because so many things they have to offer are skills/trades/hobbies that are long forgotten or dying arts with very strong cultural significance.

Enjoy your time there while it lasts!

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davidg618

Another great "thumbs up". I'm going for a weeklong course, and look forward to out-of-class time as well as in-class.

David G

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calliekoch

If you have any specific questions about the school, David, let me know and I may be able to help answer them. Otherwise, enjoy!

Callie

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scott13

Hi David G. I Will be one of your classmates for the Charcuterie course in September. My Mom and Aunt will also be attending the same class.  They have been there before, and absolutely loved it. As a matter of fact, we are doing this as a family vacation. My partner, brother, mother and aunt are doing this all at once-different courses though. My partner is doing the shaker table class, and my brother a blacksmithing course. Look forward to meeting you there! I think this will be a very interesting class.

Scott

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...your extended family.

Although I love the community I live in--earlier blogs strongly support this affection--I am the only foodie within. I went to King Arthur baking classes just to feel someone else's dough.  I've tried to generate interest in sourdough bakiing (or just plain baking) among my neighbors, but they remain content to enjoy my frequent offerings at community pot-lucks, and our annual open house. I've known of the folk school since I was an avid wood-carver (1970's and 80's ) but, still working, could never find the time to attend. I'm looking forward to just being there equally with attending the class.

Regards,

David G