Mountain View, Arkansas holds a jewel that gives me one more reason to love my Ozark Mountains. Ozark Folk Center State Park is a wonderful way to enjoy yesterday. The goal is to preserve and teach the craftsmanship of these Ozark Mountains in an entertaining way. Everyones here knows that company is coming and sure do make you feel welcome!
Apprenticeships are available during certain times of the year. Folk School is held in March each Spring. Classes are limited to small groups so they fill quickly. Click HERE for the 2013 Class Schedule.
There are several shops throughout the grounds. You might remember my post about Aunt Linda's Soapmaking Class that was held in the Apothecary. What a wonderful hands on learning experience!
Each building is home to skilled craftsmen. The Candlemaker was mesmerizing! In the few minutes we were there, we learned so much about the history of candle making materials.
The Spinning and Weaving Shed held another surprise. They were spinning dog hair! Apparently a hot trend in spinning right now is the use of pet fibers. This particular skein was made using fur from a husky breed of dog. What a beautiful color profile, ranging from taupe to cream! It's very soft.
Baskets of raw material were visible! It was fascinating to consider all the options available for spinning and weaving fabric.
The Old Time Print Shop is home to several antique print presses. During our visit, an apprentice was working in the Print Shop.
His enthusiasm was contagious.
Watching the Copper Smith was as interesting
as visiting with the Broom Makers, the Basket Weaver, Bead Makers, and the Potter.
Being a gardener, though, my favorite spot was the Herbary.
You can bet I made additions to my herb collection and to my library!
If you are looking for a skilled craftsman or a sweet vacation destination, consider visiting a jewel snuggled in an Ozark Valley. Ozark Folk Center State Park is an extraordinary place to enjoy yesterday!