Welcome to the Arbutus Folk School
Woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts, ceramics and music.  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) 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.

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.

Our 3,800 sf facility includes a teaching woodshop, a ceramics studio, large flexible classroom (or performance) space, and a future store and gallery.  We are currently only open when we have classes taking place.  We hope to be open regular hours the fall of 2014.

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.

The Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit.  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:

Second Monday Acoustic Open Mic (7-9pm)

Save the Date!  Arbutus First Anniversary Gala Thu Oct 16th – Details coming soon!

Info about Paul Silveria “Professor Banjo” Fall Tour Sept 26th, 7pm


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