Welcome To The North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival

2018 MAKERS VILLAGE

Get a firsthand look at how functional and decorative arts are made! 

Interact with prize-winning craftsmen and skilled artisans!


Blacksmithing

John Zeigler


John has 40 years of experience working with metal. In his blacksmith shop, he specializes in functional art pieces. He has taken blacksmithing classes at the Folk School since 2005 and has been an assistant instructor since 2013. A member of the Alex Bealer Blacksmith Association since 1998, John has demonstrated for the organization. To promote interest in blacksmithing, he demonstrates at several arts and crafts festivals each year.


Custom Handmade Brooms

Mark is an instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School

At Organic Artist Tree, a broom maker is a fine craftsman & artisan, not a machine operator or assemblyman. Our custom brooms are 100% handcrafted, created without machinery, just as brooms were made in the 18th Century. We use real hardwood handles and fresh harvested broomcorn.

Every broom is an original, one-of-a-kind functional piece of Art; giving each broom it’s own “personality”. We hike the mountain forests and lakes, always on the lookout for driftwood and unique hardwoods just right for serving as the ideal broomstick. Each length of wood is then shaped, carved, sanded & hand finished to create the perfect handle with an ideal look, weight & feel for the user.

Our broom heads are made of fresh harvested broomcorn (Sorghum vulgare) twined and hand-plaited in the Appalachian tradition onto each handle. 

Once the specific broom style is chosen, the appropriate stitching and hand sewing is applied with an artistic flair. The plaiting is then sealed with an additional coat of lacquer for protection, and the broom is finished off with a leather hanging strap to insure proper storage of the broom. 

All OAT brooms bear their maker’s mark and come with a Lifetime Warranty.


 


Hand-hewn Wooden Bowls

Bill Wilkinson's
collection includes hand-hewn wooden bowls, treenware, and oak burl cathedrals. 


Treen, literally "of a tree" is a generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of wood.


Pottery Making

Anna Marie


Sullivan Morris Pottery

A small working studio in Cleveland, GA.  Anna has been a studio production potter for over 20 years  The studio is located on the Morris property in the foothills of NE Georgia. There is never a dull moment here at the studio and on the property. Chickens, blueberries, gardens, and a working apiary keep Annavery busy throughout the year.


Highlights from former 

festivals!