Welcome to the Arbutus Folk School

Enriching lives and building community through joyful, hands-on learning with master artisans.

We offer classes in ceramics, fiber arts, stone carving, woodworking, music, metal smithing, letterpress and more!

Customized gift certificates available

The holidays are approaching, and experiences make the best gift. When you give someone an Arbutus Gift Certificate, you are giving so much more than a present. You are giving them the chance to…

  • Learn more of their chosen craft
  • Learn a new skill
  • Connect with other crafters
  • Keep traditional crafting alive and accessible
  • Introduce children to traditional crafts


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Support our 5th Anniversary Mosaic Mural!

If you can’t attend the gathering, don’t worry! You can still support this marvelous Mosaic!

Donations of more than $100 to Arbutus between now and the end of the year will include Mosaic recognition! Support Arbutus and honor the person who introduced you to crafting. 

This spectacular 9’x5′ mural, featuring our namesake tree, will hang on the wall at Arbutus!  For details, see this link.  

New Arbutus Folk School Project Examines Economic Impact of Rural Arts, Culture and Heritage

Information on the “Leading From the Roots” partnership at this link.


The Arbutus Folk School, located in historic downtown Olympia, is the heart of Pacific Northwest craft and community education. We provide professional instruction from world-class artists and a wide range of community-based learning opportunities to people of all ages. We support skills individuals seek to actively meet their own needs and interests and the needs of their communities.  Students come to Arbutus to make useful and beautiful crafts, seek personal enrichment, community connections, advance artistic skill and knowledge or historic preservation arts.  We support many local businesses that provide sustainable, locally-grown materials for use in our classes.

We proudly welcome students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   Please contact us with questions or comments at: info “at” arbutusfolkschool “dot” org.

 To stay informed on our upcoming classes and events sign up for our newsletter by entering your email address in the box on the right.  Classes currently scheduled are listed on the “Current Classes” page.

The Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit.  We depend on individuals, local businesses and grants to support our programming and operations.  Becoming a Donor is the best way to ensure the vision thrives!  Additional ways to support the school can be found on the “Support” page.

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