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Welcome to the Arbutus Folk School
1385265_347236665420946_1745267585_nWoodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts and ceramics.  Hand-made tools, toys and musical instruments.  Growing and preserving food and playing music.  Seasonal festivals, dances and summer camps.  Intergenerational learning, historic preservation and cultural exchanges.  These activities describe the heart of the Arbutus Folk School (pronounced ar-BYOO-tus).

This school, located in Olympia, Washington, is the Pacific Northwest center for learning and practicing folk crafts from a variety of cultures.

The Arbutus Folk School is bringing together highly skilled teachers and artisans of Northwest crafts to offer rich, positive experiences that inspire lifelong learning.  Students will be able to explore the richness of our unique cultural heritage through activities which have served our community from one generation to the next.

Upcoming classes and events will be communicated via our e-newsletter.  To sign up, enter your email address in the box on the right.  Classes currently scheduled will be listed on the “Current Offerings” page. The Arbutus Folk School proudly admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.   Please contact us with questions or comments at: info@arbutusfolkschool.org

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