Traditional Arts Workshops in August

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance

by calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.

Workshop: Vegetable Garden Q and A… what went wrong, what went right.

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday August 2                                                            10 am – 1 pm

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


Introduction to Blacksmithing                                                       

Instructor: Scott Walling

Saturday, August 9                                                                                          10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $30 (includes supplies)                                                                        Min: 1                    Max: 6

Learn basic blacksmithing skills and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to tapper, draw, upset and shape metal to make useful objects. Simple items that may be made during this workshop include nails, hooks, etc. Please bring your own safety/ eye glasses, and close toe shoes. No polyester clothing. Dress appropriately for the weather.


Scottish Heavy Athletics Demonstration and Workshop

with the Upper East Tennessee Celtic Society

Saturday, August 9                                                                                          2 pm – 4 pm

This will be a chance to see a number of our athletic events and ask any questions you may have. This is also a great opportunity for those who may be interested in participating in Scottish Heavy Athletics at the Celtic Festival in September to obtain more information about doing so and to get hands-on experience. Be prepared for physical activity. Spectators also welcome.


Natural Dyeing                                                                               

Instructor: Carolyn DeWitt

Saturday, August 23                                     10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $25                                                         Min: 2        Max: 10

Make beautiful color with all the bounty of nature. Learn to dye thread as colonial settlers might have during the 18th century. Create stunning colors with the herbs and flowers of the field. Wear old clothes and bring your lunch.


Basketry – “The Shoals Shopper” – part 1                                   

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, August 23                                               9 am – 3 pm

Cost: $35 (includes both classes)           Min: 4           Max: 12

Do you wish you could avoid getting plastic bags when you shop for just a few things?  Come make this basket that has a solid woven bottom and Shaker Tape handles.  The sides will be accented with a band of smoked reed and braided seagrass.  Novice basket makers will need two classes to finish, therefore; we have scheduled back-to-back Saturdays for this class.  Come weave on the 23rd until your hands get tired, then finish on the 30th. Size:  8″w x 12″l x 10″h. Bring garden or kitchen shears, a kitchen towel, pencil spray bottle of water, and 12 small spring clips or clothespins.


Basketry – “The Shoals Shopper” – part 2                                   

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, August 30                                                     9 am – 3 pm

Cost: $35 (no charge if attended first class)     Min: 4      Max: 12



For more information or to register, contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 West Elk Avenue       Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

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