Heritage Skills

Learn a new craft when you take a Heritage Skill Class at the Foxfire Museum! Foxfire values the preservation of cultural crafts and folk ways and offers opportunities to share this knowledge. Various classes are offered spring to fall each year and teach traditional crafts and practices, such as needle felting, flintknapping and weaving.

Each course is taught by a specialist in each field, many of whom are regular demonstrators at the museum.

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 Upcoming Heritage Skill Classes 2024

In-person classes are back! Get hands on with Appalachian history by participating in one of Foxfire’s many craft programs.   Details for specific classes can be found by following the button at the bottom of this list.

Basketmaking:  Individual Classes May 7th, May 15th, May 18th 10:00 am-2:00 pm

“Cigar Box” Dulcimer Construction:  Individual Classes April 20th, June 15th; August 17th, October 19th; 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Flintknapping:  Individual Classes March 9th, April 16th, May 18th, June 22nd, July 20th, August 24th, September 21st, October 26th, November 23rd;  9:00 am-12:00pm

Needle Felting: Individual Classes April 19th  10:00 am-12:00 pm; August 16th 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Sewing Basics:  Individual Classes March 16th, April 12th, May 10th   10:00 am-2:00 pm

Weaving:  Individual Classes (2 day) May 3rd – May 4th; August 2nd – August 3rd; August 23rd-August 24th; November 1st-November 2nd; 9:30-4:00 pm

Wet Felting:  Individual Classes June 21st  10:00 am-12:00 pm;  October 18th 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Wildcraft Nature Camp:  Two Sessions (3 day) June 17th-June 19th; July 22nd-July 24th;  9:00 am-3:00 pm each day;   Wildcraft Nature Camp Website Sign up

Woodstove CookingIndividual Classes–Saturday, March 23rd, 9:00 am-11:30 am; Friday, April 19th, 9:00am-11:30am; Demonstrations–Saturday, March 9th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Friday, March 29th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Saturday, April 6th, 10:00am-2:00 pm; Sunday, April 14th, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm; Sunday, April 28th, 1:00-pm-3:00 pm;  

Yarn Spinning:  Individual Classes May 25th; September 14th; 9:30-4:00 pm

 

Weaving

Ranging from beginner to intermediate, weaving courses are taught by our Village Weaver, Sharon Grist. All classes are taught onsite, using Foxfire’s studio looms. Classes are designed to help beginners learn the basics of weaving and/or experienced weavers perfect their craft.

Spinning

Sharon Grist shares her expertise in working with wool to students interested in learning the intricacies of wool types and varying spinning techniques. From chunky to fingering weight, this class covers it all. Students with their own wheels are encouraged to bring them, but we have wheels available.

Felting

Fiber artist Kelly Coldren loves to explore the whimsical and artistic side of felting. Choose from wet felting or needle felting, and learn how to transform simple wools and silks into beautiful art pieces, like cowls and bowls, or shape them into charming characters like mice and possums. 

cooking

Try out classic Appalachian recipes while learning how to cook with fire and cast-iron skillets. Taught by Foxfire’s Tommy Waldrop, these courses  provide hands-on learning opportunities for chefs and novices alike in a historic setting.

Blacksmithing

Self-taught blacksmith Micah Hettrick loves to transform discarded metal into knives and other practical hand-forged items. Learn one-on-one with Micah as he teaches you the basics of blacksmithing. Private lessons are now available for those interested in learning to make knives. Contact Micah directly for a private lesson at  rubyhoundforge@gmail.com 

Foraging & Cookery

Learn about sustainable harvesting of wild foods and Southern Appalachian cooking from South African-born nutritionist and herbalist, Cara-Lee Langston. Cara  strives to build relationships with local farmers and to engage community interest in integrative health and wellness through her organization, Wildcraft Kitchen.

Flintknapping

Learn the essentials of flint knapping from Jim Enloe. Classes include basic instruction on how to shape flint and other stones into useful tools such as knives, axe heads, spear heads, and arrowheads using techniques developed over thousands of years. Students take home tools they make over the course of the class.

Woodworking

Learn from long-time Foxfire contact and craftsman Kermit Rood the art of using traditional methods to bottom chairs and carve spoons. Kermit’s classes introduce students to the fundamentals of woodworking as well as basic safety and setup for your home shop. Read about Kermit in The Foxfire Book of Simple Living.