November 3-6, 2016

This workshop is perfectly timed at the beginning of the holiday season! Come to the Alabama Folk School to make handmade holiday gifts for your family and friends. 

Butcher Block Cutting Boards | Chair CaningGlass Mosaics & Fused Glass | DIY Natural Soap and Skincare

Students will register for one class that includes six, in-depth sessions in that subject matter. Two mini class sessions will be held during the workshop, so students can have an opportunity to sample one or more of the other disciplines. Classes include...


Butcher Block Cutting Boards, From Start to Finish
Stephen Liverman

This class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. 

Learn how to build a beautiful and durable end-grain, butcher-block style cutting board using native (and locally sourced) lumber. You’ll learn your way around the wood shop--learning basic tool safety and handling and basic properties of wood--and leave with a one-of-a-kind, beautiful cutting board ready for your kitchen. This class is meant for the beginning woodworker and covers step-by-step techniques to help you construct an advanced DIY project. 

Each student can expect to take home a small, roughly 8” x 11” board.  Dimensions may vary. 

An additional supply fee of $50 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class. 

Class Safety Note: Woodworking should always be treated with respect. Be prepared to work safely around some dangerous equipment. Sharp blades and powerful motors can easily cause serious harm if you don’t use proper techniques.  Sawdust is also an inevitable consequence of cutting/sanding wood. We’ll use food-grade glues and natural finishes to minimize chemical contact.  

Class Level: Beginner to Advanced (Butcher block boards are considered to be advanced DIY projects; however, we’ll walk you through it, step by easy-to-manage step.)

A native of Alabama’s black belt region, Stephen Liverman currently resides in Georgia. For years Liverman worked closely with University of West Alabama's Center for the Study of the Black Belt, where he aided in historic restorations and designed the Black Belt Garden—the only botanical garden devoted solely to the unique ecosystems of Alabama’s central region. He keeps a small wood shop on the side where he can go to “clear his head.”  

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Three Days to a New Bottom: Chair Caning 101
Valerie Burnes

This hands-on course will cover the tools, supplies, and techniques to complete two types of chair bottoms--the traditional woven cane bottom chair (either hand-woven cane or pressed cane) and a flat reed woven chair bottom/stool. Both were once finished with split white oak. When you’re done, you will have a completed chair bottom that is ready to use! This class is a great way to fix great-grandmother’s favorite chair and learn the development of chairs over the last 300 years.

An additional supply fee of $30 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class. The supply fee covers the cost of cane or reed for one chair/stool. Please plan to double the fee for an additional chair or stool. 

Class Level: Beginner

A native of Talladega, Valerie Burnes caned her first chair at a caning class at John C. Campbell Folk School in 2010, after her husband signed her up for the class to get about a dozen broken chairs fixed - and out of their garage. Burnes is former Director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at the University of West Alabama and is an Asst. Professor of history at UWA, where she specializes in public history and women’s history – which includes cultural history such as the place of furniture in society.


Splendor in the Glass: Glass Mosaics & Fused Glass
Linda Munoz

Students will have the opportunity to explore three different but related art forms which use stained glass: traditional mosaic art, glass on glass mosaic art and kiln fused glass. During the workshop, students will learn design techniques, how to cut stained glass, how to grout the mosaic panels made in the class, and will also have a chance to make several pieces of fused glass jewelry for holiday giving.

An additional supply fee of $20 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class. 

Class Level: Beginner to Advanced

Linda Munoz has been working in the medium of glass since 1980 and has been teaching mosaic art and fused glass jewelry classes for the last 14 years. Her students’ work can be seen in many sites at Camp McDowell, including the benches on the grounds of the chapel , the panels at Eppes Dining Hall and the covered porch at Stough Hall. She taught students at a workshop in Birmingham in 2011 and the 5 ft. X 5 ft. mosaic that was created is on display at the United Nations Worship Center in NYC. She collaborated with another glass artist to make the iconic “Kentuck Tree” and “Caring Days” mosaic murals in Tuscaloosa, AL. Recently, Linda was one of four artists in the state chosen to make art awards for the “2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Award Ceremony” in Birmingham.


DIY Natural Soap and Skincare
Laura Spencer

This class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. 

Participants will make and take a variety of handmade natural soap, lotions, sugar scrub, lip balm, candles, and an assortment of other skincare products, ready for gifting, stuffing in stockings, or simply enjoying for yourself! We will cover all the basics of working safely with lye to produce soap, and also discover the benefits of using pure essential oils in our creations.

An additional supply fee of $40 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class. 

Class Level: Beginner

Laura Spencer lives with her family on a small permaculture based homestead in Marion, Alabama. She has been owner of Simply Making It, her natural skincare line, since 2010. Her family raises dairy goats, pork, beef, chicken, lamb, eggs, honey and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as a means of pursuing a sustainable lifestyle. Spencer Farm was recently profiled in Bmetro magazine. 

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