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teachers, apprenticeships and craft schools

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I know there is plenty of information in books and on you tube for many of the skills being listed. I think that is an excellent way to learn many of them for many folks. I also think everyone has different ways of learning and some might benefit from an actual real time teacher. For some skills, the best book or 'how to' video might not cover those nuances that a teacher over your shoulder could or get you through some rough spots more easily. I worry that some will hit a wall with an early skill and give up....or spend the rest of their life obsessing over a bucket that holds water
Since there are already lots of suggested books and it's easy to find anything you want on youtube, I thought maybe a list of suggested schools, apprenticeship opportunities and teachers might be helpful.

Our local 'folk school' was particularly active in the nineties teaching white oak split basketry, stools, weaving, blacksmithing, knife making, pottery, how to build a shaving horse, hickory bark chair seats, corn shuck chair seats...........Lately the classes have not been so 'basic' I think. http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/folk_schools/default.aspx Still some good ones though.
The local 'craft school' is teaching more contemporary things and many that are not 'back to the basics' but a few are http://arkansascraftschool.org/?page_id=15.

In the eighties I taught two National Endowment for the Arts apprenticeship programs. I don't know what is available now, that may have been an 'eighties thing'. The idea was a lot of hours and projects over months and my student went on to be a productive weaver on her own. All of the work was at my home and we set the hours. I know if someone has the time to devote, an apprenticeship could be the way to go. Especially if it could be arranged as some sort of on farm trade for work. Some teachers love to teach and just need to know that the student will devote the same energy.

There are local craftspeople in our area who occasionally take on an apprentice.

I am just throwing out some examples of real time face to face teacher/student opportunities that I am familiar with and hope others might also. I imagine that every area has somebody who is an expert at their craft and might be willing to teach or already doing so.

Maybe someone has some thoughts on what to look for in a good teacher.

Judith Browning
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Location: Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep clay/loam with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
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here is a link to Jay's thread Schools, Programs, Facilitators.....
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