Register for one of our June workshops!

Our Traditional Arts Workshops are presented throughout the year by a host of very talented instructors!  There are a lot of great opportunities to learn a new skill at Sycamore Shoals – hope you can join us!

Please pre-register and pay in advance by calling Sycamore Shoals at 423-543-5808.


18th Century Eastern Cherokee Style Trade Necklace      

Instructor: Gary Stevens

Saturday, June 7                                                  10 am – Noon

Cost: $25 includes materials                                                      Min: 1                  Max: 15

In this class you will make an early trade necklace using authentic 150 to 200 year old beads. You will also add bone spacers, and/or coyote or buffalo teeth.


Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                                 Instructor: Martha Egan

Sunday, June 8                                              1:30 pm – 3 pm

Cost:      $30 (includes Walton’s whistle, book, and CD)      

               $15 if you bring your own instrument 

               Min: 1                  Max: 12                                       

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.


Introduction to Chair Bottoms                                  Instructor: Mike Mankin            

Sunday, June 8                                 

1 pm – 4 pm                                     

Cost: $10 includes materials                                                      Min: 1                  Max: 5

An introduction to replacing chair bottoms with ½” flat reed. Bring to class a bucket or tub to soak the reed in and a pair of good scissors. Workshop takes place outside in the picnic area, so dress accordingly.


Flint Knapping –

Making Stone  Tools                                           

Instructors: Bob Estep, Chris Edens, Clark Sams

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15                   10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $60 (includes supplies)                                                     Min: 4               Max: 12

Make stone tools such as the arrow point using only traditional techniques. Please be sure to register no later than 1 week prior to the class. Adults only.


Making a Leather Shooting Bag                               Instructor: Steve Ricker

Saturday, June 21                                                                         

10 am – 5 pm

Cost: $150 (includes all supplies)                                             Min: 5                  Max: 10

A shooting bag is an essential piece of a rifleman’s equipment. This timeless bag was used on the American frontier by long hunters and colonial pioneers and is still being used by hunters around the world today! Make a leather shooting bag approx. 10 x 8 inches, with several authentic 18th century style patterns to choose from. You will hand stich them with linen thread. Workshop takes place outside, so dress accordingly.


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