Woodturning Classes

Watch the shavings fly! Beginners can explore forms from bowls to spindle work on standard-size Powermatic lathes. If you’ve got some experience under your gouge, learn how to turn hollow forms, lidded vessels, natural-edge bowls, decorative finishing, and more.

Explore The Studio

Willard Baxter Woodturning Studio

The Willard Baxter Woodturning Studio is a woodturner’s dream come true. The 2,500-square-foot space features a tiered-seating demonstration area with video monitor, and separate wood preparation, turning, and finishing areas. Named after the late turner Willard Baxter, a former instructor and beloved presence in the woodturning world, the studio was completed in January 2007. The wooden pergola over the entrance was built in 2011 by Charles Judd’s Timber Framing class.

News & Stories: What's Happening in Woodturning


Online Classes Return This Winter

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Welcome to Our New Website

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The Importance of Being a Student: An Interview with Jeff Hornung

Jumpstarted by a Folk School woodturning class nine years ago, Jeff Hornung began his own woodturning business after recovering from post-concussion syndrome. Now, he is a Folk School instructor, juried artist, national and international demonstrator, author, and Artist-in-Residence at the Craft Alliance School of Art + Design in St. Louis, Missouri.


Danes Learn About Our Folk School

Somewhere in Denmark right now, our documentary video, Sing Behind the Plow, is being viewed by hundreds of Danes who are being introduced to Brasstown’s version of a folk school. Lissi Oland, a woodturner who lived and taught in Brasstown for many years, and has since returned to her native Denmark, is hosting an exhibit of her large woodturnings, as well as historic photographs of the early days of the Folk School. The photographs were taken in the 1920’s by Folk School’s co-founder, Marguerite Butler Bidstrup, with whom Lissi was very close.


Pushing Your Limits at the Folk School by Alan Leland

Woodturning instructor, Alan Leland, tells us why he loves teaching at the Folk School:


Enamelist and Woodturner Collaborate

I’m Pam East, and my first experience with the Folk School was teaching an enamel bead making class in 2003.   From that very first time I knew I had stumbled upon a truly special place.   Since then the John C. Campbell Folk School has become my home away from home.  Even though I’m usually there to teach, it feels like a vacation.  I can feel my soul relax the minute I drive onto the campus.

Gabe Strand headshot

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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