Brasstown’s Campbell Folk School rocks
By Jane Izard
Have you ever wanted to learn how to create a basket with a shed mule deer antler? What about the ancient art of charcuterie? Or turn a bamboo rod into a stream-ready fly rod? How about create lost-wax cast jewelry? Learn to play the fiddle? One can learn to do all this and more at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. With more than 880 weeklong and weekend classes offered every year, one is bound to find a course — if not several.
Artful travel, collected memories
By Brandy Culp
“Ichi-go ichi-e. One time, one meeting describes the Japanese thought of treasuring the moment. The term is often translated as ‘for this time only,’ ‘never again,’ or ‘one chance in a lifetime.’” —The Art of Travel
There is an art to traveling and I am not referring to the way you can pack more things in your small suitcase than necessary, or a knack for finding cheap flights. While in search of contemporary Japanese ceramics for a client, I set out to explore how travel can be as carefully curated as an exhibition, so that the world becomes your museum — and in this museum without walls you use all of your senses to explore, learn, interact … and maybe even better understand your place on this globe.
A whisky club like no other
By the Whisky Couple
Have you ever heard of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, in short, SMWS? Yes? Good for you. No? Then it’s about time! I immediately confess that I am somewhat biased, being an official ambassador of the SMWS and a long-time member (since 1990). So forgive me that I write about something close to the heart. However I am sure the readers of the salmon sheets will enjoy the story — and may benefit from it.
Box a lock for Viking whisky
By the Whisky Couple
For this, our third look at “Viking whisky,” we go to an idyllic location along a river, on the High Coast of Sweden, in Bjartra. Roughly 480 km (300 miles) north of Stockholm, here stands an old factory where once, during the 19th century, wooden boxes were made for export to England. A huge fire destroyed the factory in 1890. A power station was built on the site about 1912, but only operated 12 years. The buildings were used for storage and then stood derelict after the 1980s. Then, in 2010, the appropriately named Box Distillery started to make whisky on this beautiful spot.
Wadmalaw wood ducks
By Ford Walpole
Riley Bradham opened the door of his Chevrolet truck and jazz crooned from the cab while his eight-year-old son Guign — short for Guignard — caught precious extra sleep in the back seat. In the predawn cool of just under 50 degrees, my old friend and I solved many of the world’s problems over the bed of my pickup.
The conversation transcended to campfires on beaches and in woods decades earlier and I recall that my friend, the artist and sportsman, now happens to be an attorney and the mayor of Rockville, a charming hamlet steeped in character and colorful characters.
Local lady inspired by legacy and legend
Elizabeth Scarborough follows ‘Wildest Dreams’
By Patra Taylor
What do Elizabeth Lucas Hanahan — the first woman to own and operate her own real estate brokerage firm in the area — and Taylor Swift — country music star turned pop icon — have in common? Charleston’s own Elizabeth Scarborough, of course. The 23-year-old daughter of Judge Mikell and Mary Scarborough spends much of her young life paying tribute to both extraordinary women, one in an unusual way.