The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival offers an unmatched market of rural folk crafts.  More than 50 artisans demonstrate old-time hand skills from lye soap making and basket making to blacksmithing and dough tray carving.

The festival is known for presenting the hard-to-find artisans who make and sell crafts not found on the regular craft show circuit.  For many of our craftspeople, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is the only show they do.

Among the craft skills typically featured are:

  • Walking Stick Making
  • Mandolin Making
  • Wart Charming
  • Quilting
  • Wooden Rake Making
  • Dough Tray Making
  • Tatting
  • Coppersmithing (Copper Vessels)
  • Jelly Making
  • Fiddle Making
  • Banjo Making
  • Guitar Making and Repairing
  • Sock Doll Making
  • Stick Horse Making
  • Weaving
  • Spinning
  • Vegetable Dyeing
  • Knife Making
  • Turkey Call Making
  • Saddle Repairing
  • Guitar Making
  • Scroll Work
  • Toy Making
  • Banjo Neck Carving
  • Cornshuck Doll Making
  • Birdhouse Making
  • Knitting
  • Dulcimer Making
  • Cane Carving
  • Tobacco Twisting
  • Rug Braiding
  • Rooster Carving
  • Crocheting
  • Lye Soap Making
  • Auto Pinstriping
  • Distilling
  • Stone Masonry
  • Basket Making
  • Apple Tree Grafting
  • Blacksmithing
  • Knife Sharpening
  • Rail Splitting
  • Butchering
  • Leather Working
  • Rug Hooking

In addition, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival features unique displays of heirloom apples and vintage canning labels from the region.

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