Welcome to the Arbutus Folk School
Woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts, ceramics and music.  Hand-made tools 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) located in Olympia, Washington.

The Arbutus Folk School brings together highly skilled teachers and artisans of 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 Northwest communities from one generation to the next.  Read about our Craft Philosophy here.

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.

On Nov 1st, we will be moving next door to our current location.  We are having an Open House on Thursday, Dec. 4th from 6-8pm.  Join us to see the space!

Our core program areas Wood Arts, Ceramic Arts, Metal Arts, Fiber Arts, Music and Living Arts.  Over time, these program areas will each have dedicated facilities and deep program offerings to enrich even skilled crafters.  We hope to expand our program areas over time.

For a little peek into Arbutus, click here to view a video of “Folk Music 101″ with Professor Banjo and several local young musicians performing at a recent music event.

The Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit.  Registration fees pay for instructor’s time and contribute to shop space maintenance.  However, all operational costs, equipment and tool replacement and services we require to operate are paid by individual contributors.  Please consider becoming a monthly donor to helps us continue to offer these activities.

 We proudly welcome students of any race, color, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin.   Please contact us with questions or comments at: info@arbutusfolkschool.org

Additional information about upcoming events:

>>Open Mic: Every month on the second Monday: Acoustic Open Mic (7-9pm)

>>Jeff Warner, Friday Oct. 24th: workshop: “Old Time Songs for Kids” 4-6pm and concert “Banjos, Bones and Ballads” 7-9pm.  Click here for the poster. Advance tickets available on our class registration page or purchase tickets at the door.

>>Open House at our new location! 610 4th Ave E., Olympia, WA 9851.  This is right next door to our old location.  The Open House will be Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6-8pm.


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