Preserving and Celebrating Appalachian Culture & Heritage

The Mountain Makins Festival is an Appalachian folklife festival, which seeks to identify, economically support, and preserve the heritage crafts of the Southern Appalachian mountains and valleys.  To that end, Mountain Makins finds some of the best heritage crafters around to come to the festival and demonstrate their skill and mastery.  These demonstrations serve to connect the past to the present, by inspiring a new generation of interest in Appalachian culture.   Mountain Makins welcomes the following crafters and demonstrators to the festival for 2019.

Jim Claborn's "Davy Crocket" returns to Mountain Makins sharing the history and life of one of East Tennessee's most famous characters. 

Dave Hansard demonstrates the art of wood-turning.  


The Clinch Valley Bee Keepers will be at the festival sharing their love and lore of beekeeping.  

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Morristown's First Fire Truck will be on display at the festival on Sunday, October 27th.  

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Bill Robertson demonstrates his masterful skill at the traditional Appalachian art of "whittlin".   


Noe's Chapel will be stirring up hot, thick apple butter using traditional techniques. 

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The Lakeway Amateur Radio Club will be broadcasting live from the festival on HAM radio.  

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Weaver, Lisa O'Day, will be at the festival demonstrating the traditional craft of weaving. 


Richard Williams will be delighting guests with blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. 


Artist Stan Taylor will be demonstrating the art of wheel-thrown pottery in traditional styles and motifs. 

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Weymouth Sluss will be demonstrating the traditional craft of chair caning. 


The members of the Garden Thyme Herb Society will be demonstrating various herb gardening techniques.