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Traditional skills

We teach survival skills, self-sustainability, how to grow plants, how to raise animals, traditional crafting and so much more.

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!

Crowley Folk School offers instruction on traditional and modern crafts. Jasper Crowley donated the land that is home to Crowley Folk School to the community in 1972. He inherited the land from his father J.J. Crowley, who had inherited the land from Jasper’s grandfather John Crowley, an Old Miakka pioneer. The Crowley family learned many crafts and imparted what they learned to others. Jasper was a teacher at the Old Miakka one room schoolhouse from 1933 to 1943  and became the first principal of Fruitville Elementary School when it replaced the schoolhouse. He began Sarasota Future Farmers of America and retired as the Agricultural teacher at Sarasota High School. Jasper taught practical skills for living on his farm as well.

In fulfilling the mission 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. This is in the Old Miakka comunity, not so far away, a scenic 15 minute drive east on Fruitville Rd. off I-75 at exit 210. Some classes are offered at Florida House Learning Center,  4454 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233.

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