Spending time with Patti was marvelous...it felt like I'd known her all my life...even though I know there is still so much more to learn about each other. We laughed because we each gifted each other with a bottle of fruit wine; she gave me a bottle of blackberry wine from MO and I gave her a bottle of strawberry wine from NC (I also gave her some ramp compound butter and sure wish I remembered the violet jelly). She also gave me this awesome bag that she made...I was so excited and so touched!
We met at the John C Campbell Folk School because she (a quilter and writer of the Osage Bluff Quilter blog) and her husband Bernie (a Blacksmith) came to the school from MO to take classes and Bernie also assisted with the Blacksmith course. The school is only 60 miles west of our cabin and it's a beautiful drive through the mountains to get there.
Once Patti and I hugged each other hello, visited some, and I got the grand tour of her (their) awesome Casita (it is a perfect camper for 2 people), we headed to the center of the campus to visit all the classrooms.
We started at the clay studio where the students were working with polymer clay to create gorgeous plant stakes.
Then to the doll making studio...the detail of the faces and dresses of these dolls was exquisite...I particularly liked these vegetable people.
This is a Timber Frame, a structure that is assembled using traditional mortise and tenon joinery with wood pegs (Patti and Bernie's home is constructed this way, and this is how Mountain Man assembles things).
The Blacksmith shop (one of my favorite buildings on the property). I've always been attracted to cast iron and wrought iron, and this is where they create their masterpieces.
I feel in love with this hearth oven they use in the cooking classes...what a beautiful place to create culinary delights...I'd like to have one!
The music class, learning to play lap dulcimers.
A sandal made in the shoe making class, very cool!
Of course, between all the classes we visited, chatted away about lots of things, enjoying the beautiful grounds as we walked from place to place. We ate a delicious lunch together with Bernie and the rest of the students and teachers at the school, family style. Everyone I spoke with says that attending one class at the folk school gets you addicted and coming back over and over...and I can believe it!
Someone gave Bernie a 5 leaf clover!
A few of the other points of interest at the school, they have a large garden for much of the produce they serve, and this lovely labyrinth.
After classes ended for the day, Bernie joined us at the camper and we all went into town for dinner. It was extra special because Patti and Bernie were celebrating their 43rd anniversary...how nice to share a special day with a very special couple. Before Bernie left to go back to work at the Blacksmith shop, we asked him to take a picture of we kindred spirits...
The school is located in Brasstown, and this is it...the famed Clay's Corner, most noted for it's New Year's Eve Possum Drop and free music on Friday nights...
I can't wait to bring Johny to visit Brasstown and the school, I know we will be going there to take some classes some day!
Thanks for reading my blog, you are the best f/f/r/s/f's, see you tomorrow,