Instrument Making Classes

Build an instrument that’s all your own, from a four-stringed Appalachian dulcimer to a telecaster-style electric guitar. Unveil your handiwork during impromptu jams around campus.

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Woodworking Studio

Built in 1945, this beautiful old stone building houses our Woodworking program. The studio features a large room full of saws, drills, planers, routers, sanding belts, finishing tables, and many other helpful tools and supplies. Students can spread out in an adjoining room containing numerous spacious workstations.

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Resident Artist in Woodworking

Lindsey Liden

Lindsey grew up in Brasstown, spending much of his youth at the Folk School. After years of traveling, studying art at Warren Wilson College, getting a music degree from UNC Asheville, and earning a diploma in fine woodworking from Haywood Community College, he has returned to Brasstown to share his discoveries. Lindsey is a multi-instrumentalist, luthier, and fine woodworker who also enjoys teaching music and woodworking. He builds banjos and furniture in his shop down the road from the school.

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Woodcarving, Woodturning, and Woodworking Coordinator

Gabe Strand

Gabe is a furniture and cabinetmaker focused on green woodworking and chairmaking. He spent the last two decades living in Seattle, WA where he worked in cabinet shops, built custom homes, and was a whitewater rafting guide. He has been involved in old-time music and dance for many years as a square dance caller and musician. Now living in Brasstown, Gabe is immersing himself in the craft of Appalachian greenwood chairmaking as well as Appalachian music and dance. Look for Gabe leading impromptu lunchtime jams on the Folk School campus.

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