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.