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Appalachian Traditions
Join us for Appalachian Traditions, virtual discussions with instructors from our master-artist-led series on traditional Appalachian craft.

These free, hour-long conversations provide a space for instructors in traditional craft to share their personal stories and discuss their creative process. We'll explore the historic role of craft in Appalachia, examine its continued relevance today, and learn how practitioners are working to promote their craft and inspire the next generation of traditional makers.

Appalachian Traditions is part of a grant-funded program designed to connect highly-skilled Appalachian craft instructors with present-day students. Although we are not able to hold this series of master-artist-led classes in person, we hope to use this digital platform to celebrate traditional craft and help viewers connect with and learn from master artisans.

Jun 15, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lyle Wheeler
Woodworking Instructor @John C Campbell Folk School
From Millers Creek, North Carolina, Lyle has been working wood for most of his life. He specializes in ladderback chairs and furniture from the late 19th century and is also an accomplished blacksmith. He has been teaching at the Folk School for over two decades, and he is a long-time member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, for which he does educational demonstrations. Little-known facts about Lyle...he is the current whimmy-diddle world champion in the professional division, and he enjoys communicating by postcard, one stamp at a time. Learn more about Lyle by watching this documentary: https://www.ourstate.com/made-in-nc-wheelers-chairs/