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The Willard Baxter Woodturning Studio—a haven for woodturners and a testament to the artistry of this craft. Spanning an impressive 2,500 square feet, this studio is equipped with everything a woodturner could dream of.

The studio features a tiered-seating demonstration area with a state-of-the-art video monitor, separate wood preparation, turning, and finishing areas, and a wooden pergola crafted by Charles Judd’s Timber Framing class. Named in honor of the late turner Willard Baxter, this studio stands as a living legacy to inspire future generations of woodturners. We kindly request your support to help us maintain and enhance this exceptional space, ensuring that woodturning enthusiasts have access to top-notch facilities and resources. Together, let’s create a lasting impact in the world of woodturning.

Week or Weekend Scholarships

Our scholarship program helps those who would otherwise be unable to attend have joyous and enlivening learning experiences. Examples of recipients might be young people without deeper financial resources, people burdened by the weight of medical debt, or those challenged by a significant life event who need respite. Imagine helping a passionate, burgeoning creative who’s poised to become a professional woodturner.

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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.

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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.

Locate & Contact

Please contact Development for more information.

John C. Campbell Folk School

Development Office

Barbie White, Development Manager

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724) x39

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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