boat_0898_carry lighthouseThe new Folk School in Tionesta offered their first workshop in August 2014. The School seeks to bring together people of all ages with local and national artisans to gain skills, values and knowledge from one another. They offer a variety of workshops and classes focusing on “bringing to life” the traditions of our ancestors.

A signature workshop, “Traditional Long Bow Building” will be offered August 10 – 12 and August 13 – 15. Instructed by nationally-known professional Bowyer, Tom Turgeon of “Boise Bows and Arrows,” participants will be offered a three-day workshop where first-time participants will build their own Bamboo-Backed Long Bow or advanced participants will construct their own Reflex/Deflex Long Bow.

They also offer a number of traditional workshops scheduled throughout the summer and fall including, chip carved gourd bird houses and bowls, cast pewter jewelry, basket weaving, cold porcelain clay flower sculpting, paper crafting with old hymnals, rug braiding, pottery, moccasin sewing, drawing, painting, beaded jewelry and more. These workshops are great opportunities for families and friends to create and learn together.

Specialty classes in Archery and Fly Fishing instruction can be requested by individuals, groups, families, and others, anytime throughout the year. Trainers in both areas have been certified by the National Archery in the Schools Programs (NASP) and the National Fly Fishing in the School Program (NFSP). In addition to instruction being offered at the Forest Folk School, trainers will travel to your location to conduct classes. This is especially attractive for special events such as camping activities, birthday parties, reunions, and other events where youth and adults can learn these skills together.

Forest Folk School is located at 1 Lighthouse Island in Tionesta, along the Wild & Scenic Allegheny River. Guests are welcome to visit anytime. More information can be found on their website

For more family friendly things to do in the region, stop by the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at 2801 Maplevale Road in Brookville, online at or call (814) 849-5197.

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