Woodworking Classes

Learn the basics or enhance your existing woodworking skills in a variety of classes: Shaker tables and boxes, Windsor chairs, twig furniture, marquetry, butcher blocks, toys, and much more. Build your own instruments too, from a traditional Appalachian dulcimer to electric guitar.

Explore The Studio

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.

News & Stories: What's Happening in Woodworking


Online Classes Return This Winter

The Folk School is excited...


Lindsey Liden, Banjo Builder

In 1925, Lindsey Mulheron Liden’s...


Welcome to Our New Website

Our new website is here!...


I Made a Classic Appalachian-style Ladderback Chair with Lyle Wheeler

Lyle Wheeler, a longtime Folk School instructor in both Woodworking and Blacksmithing, is a treasure of the Folk School. The week I spent years ago, building a ladderback chair with Lyle, changed the way I think about craft and my own capabilities as a maker. I am excited that later this month Lyle will be giving a Zoom presentation on June 15 as part of the Folk School’s Appalachian Traditions Discussion series. I encourage you to tune into his talk, and learn from this wonderful self-proclaimed “all-around “good ol’ boy” from Millers Creek, North Carolina.”


The Folk School on WREK Radio Atlanta

Did you get a chance to listen to the interview about the Folk School with Pattie Bagley, Mark Hendry and Jack Smoot on The Avenue Lounge Show on WREK Radio 91.1 FM, Atlanta, GA? If you missed the live show modern technology has preserved the interview for all to enjoy, at any time, here on Soundcloud. Learn about some Folk School history and also about Pattie, Mark, and Jack’s personal stories and experiences.


Pushing Your Limits at the Folk School by Alan Leland

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

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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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