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Welcome to the Friends of the Porkies Folk School blog. For this, our 13th season, we have an
exciting line up of class offerings featuring a mix of returning and new instructors and a variety
of arts and crafts to pique your interest. Our energetic, dedicated Folk School Committee hopes
to see you at a class or two or three in the historic Old Carpenter Shop near the Union Bay
Campground in the Porkies. The Porkies and surrounding area are rich in history, and we've
lined up classes that connect to those bygone days. Copper has been mined here since ancient
times, and hand-hammered copper artifacts have turned up as far south as the Mississippi
delta. Create your own piece of hand-forged copper jewelry; we offer two copper jewelry
classes this year. Early overland transportation depended on the village blacksmith's craft, and
you can use a hot fire, tongs and hammers to forge decorative, functional hooks to mount in
your own home. Learn the ancient knitting technique of nailbinding so you can knit as
Scandinavian housewives would have done to provide their families with mittens, scarves and
hats to keep them warm during our long, cold, snowy winters.

To see the full lineup of class offerings, browse our listing of classes at Use
the "Add to Cart" button to sign up for a class. Can't find the button? Click on "Find out more..."
It's there! Join us for fun, fellowship, and learning in the beautiful Porkies, Michigan's largest state park.

Send us your comments; we'd love to hear from you. Tell us what class you took and what you
liked best about the class. The instructor. The class setting. Did you have fun? Would you
encourage your friends to take a Porkies Folk School class? See you there!

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