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During a one-week class on constructing a
Windsor chair, students turn spindles and
chair legs, then sand and assemble the final
piece.

Top: Woodcarving classes offer students
the opportunity to create intricate designs.
Above: Quilting classes keep the centuriesold techniques alive.

"A job fell into my lap when I was contacted by
Coca-Cola to make calligraphed name badges, corporate invitations and table tents-things that these days
are done through desktop publishing," she says.
The work at Coca-Cola expanded into creating
corporate documents and award certificates. Soon
she added other corporate clients to expand her
customer base.

Building community
Coogle moved to Blue Ridge more than 25 years
ago, where a friend at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts
Association told her about a calligraphy instructor's
position at the nearby folk school. Not only did the job
provide another outlet for sharing her love of writing,
she ended up taking classes there as well.
"One night at dinner, I sat next to a furnituremaking instructor whose students each make a
Windsor chair in a one-week class," she says. "I'd always wanted a Windsor chair but had no idea how
to begin, so I signed up for the class."
She says things went well on Monday, but by

Making brooms the old-fashioned way is
an art.

Tuesday afternoon, she was still hand-making the
chair's spindles and felt very discouraged.
"I did the math and realized at the rate I was
going it would take me until 3 a.m. to finish them.
I was almost in tears. Several students sensed my
frustration and offered to help me," she says. "All of a
sudden, I was side by side with others in the community who didn't just swoop in to take over my project;
we worked together. With their help we finished just
after the sun set."
Jackson says that Coogle's experience as a student exemplifies what really happens at the John C.
Campbell Folk School.
"Yes, we teach people to be makers in crafts,
music, storytelling and art, but the folk school
philosophy is about creating and sustaining a sense
of community," he says. "The whole purpose is for
people to practice kindness and compassion, and the
way we progress through the day encourages each
person to foster self-awareness and have individual
success. That's what we're all about here."

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