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Crowley Folk School offers instruction on traditional and modern crafts. Jasper Crowley donated the land that is home to  Crowley Folk School in 1972. The land was settled by John Crowley, an Old Miakka pioneer. Jasper was a teacher at the Old Miakka one room schoolhouse from 1931 to 1944. He then became the Sarasota county instructor for Future Farmers of America, FFA. He brought students to this land to teach them practical skills for living.

In continuing the mission, tradition, and intention of Jasper Crowley, we are a school offering a wide range of practical skills, here you can learn the basic skills that never lose their usefulness. Our teachers are members of the community and our classes are based on community desire, need, and participation. Workshops are held on weekends and Wednesday evenings. Come and learn useful skills surrounded by Florida’s beautiful natural wilderness.

Crowley Folk School at 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL 34240 Crowley Museum and Nature Center in the historic Old Miakka community, a scenic 15 minute drive east on Fruitville Rd. off I-75 at exit 210. 

Traditional and Modern Skills


The following are early and current crafts:

Woodland Crafts. Coppicers, hurdle makers, rake makers, fork makers, besom makers, handle makers, hoop makers, ladder makers, crib makers, broaches and peg makers, clog sole cutters, bodgers, charcoal burners, oak basket makers, trug makers, stick and staff makers, field gate makers, willow basket makers, net makers.

Building crafts. Stone masons, joiners, roofers, floor layers, wallers, thatchers, slaters, lime burners, paint makers, glass blowers, glaziers, stained glass artists, mud brick makers, tile makers, chimney sweeps, plumbers, decorators, bridge builders, French polishers, sign writers.

Field crafts. Hedge layers, dry stone wallers, stile makers, well diggers, peat cutters, gardeners, horticulturists, vintners, arborists, tree surgeons, foresters, farmers, shepherds, shearers, bee keepers, millers, fishermen, orchardists, veterinarians.

Workshop crafts. Chair makers, iron founders, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, coopers, coppersmiths, tinsmiths, wood turners, coach builders, boat builders, sail makers, rope makers, wainwrights, block makers, leather tanners, harness makers, saddlers, horse collar makers, boot and shoe makers, cobblers, clog makers, knife makers, cutters, millstone dressers, potters, printers, typographers, calligraphers, bookbinders, paper makers, furniture makers, jewelers, mechanics, boiler makers, boiler men, soap makers, gunsmith, sword smith, brush maker, candle maker, artist, sculptor, firework maker, cycle builder, bone carver, musical instrument maker, clay pipe maker, tool maker.

Textile crafts. Spinner, weaver, dyer, silk grower, tailor, seamstress, milliner, hatter, lace maker, button maker, mat and rug maker, crochet worker, tatting and macramé worker, knitter, quilter, smock worker, embroiderer, leather worker, felt maker.

Domestic crafts. Fish smoker, bacon curer, butter maker, cheese maker, brewer, cider maker, wine maker, distiller, herbalist, ice cream maker, butcher, fishmonger, pie maker, pickle maker, baker, barrister and coffee roaster, homeopath, reflexologist, osteopath, naturopath, storyteller, teacher naturalist, historian, jester, actor, administrator, philosopher, labourer, poet, writer, midwife, publican, bookseller, librarian and idiot – there is no unemployment in this traditional model!