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Growing up in Cherokee County, Jan Davidson had always heard of the John C. Campbell Folk School. He recalls his first pilgrimage to the Brasstown campus as a first-grader on a field trip. more

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Handweaving

Margaret Hester photo

My mother-in-law is a weaver. She loves her loom, which sits on the second-story sun porch, windows looking out over the tops of old apple trees, across the mountains toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. more

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Deane Giordano's work

Paul Clark photo

Hands and tongues are always busy at The Knitting Divas, a small shop in Weaverville, N.C., where owner Greta Hillin and her fellow knitters Jackie Keener, Cindi Herald, Ceil Sanow, Lorraine Chamber and Cheryl Walker, gather each Monday morning. more

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General excellence

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Located where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains pinch Virginia to its narrowest point, Meadowview once was an agricultural center. The railroad’s arrival in 1856 opened the remote part of the state to commerce. more

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Steady hands

Jo Harris photo

Tucked away in a backyard in the heart of Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, sits a timber-framed cabin.It is the workshop of talented artisan Curtis Buchanan, who has spent nearly three decades handcrafting Windsor chairs. more

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Bus driver blues

Anna Oakes photo

Some folks do what they love and just happen to get paid for it. We all know a few…they’re those people. And some of us harbor an unbridled resentment toward them. Others must negotiate the tradeoffs of work and play, and duty and freedom. more

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For almost three decades Lark Crafts of Asheville, N.C., has published books celebrating the creative spirit and providing crafters with information and inspiration to leverage their skills beyond what they have imagined. more

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Around the world

Image courtesy of Evelyn Coltman

Quilting goes back at least to ancient Egypt and China. Among its first recorded appearances in European history, during the Crusades, was as a layer of clothing that soldiers wore under their heavy, uncomfortable armor. more

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Like the ancients

Jennifer Garbrecht photo

The fire crackles to life with a single match strike, the small pile of kindling and tinder catching quickly. As it grows stronger, the blacksmith adds coke—a solid derivative of low-ash, low-sulfur bituminous coal—to the yellow flames. more

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Open door

Élan Young photo

Golden brooms with all manner of carved wooden handles line the walls where the sweet smell of broomcorn, the plant that makes up the straw bristles of the broom, is being cut and fashioned to fit each handmade treasure. more

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At first you can’t believe a gemstone like that could really exist. Soft curving layers of mountain ridges appear on the faces of these rare North American Imperial green gasper stones. It’s like a vista from the Blue Ridge Parkway. But how? more

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