About The Camp

The Christianson Native Craft Workshop, now in its 47th year, offers hands-on folk art, craft experiences, and demonstrations in a family oriented setting. The CNCW has been held annually since being founded in 1975 by Frances Christianson and members of the United Methodist Church. The workshop has given hundreds of persons, young and old, a chance to learn talents in an Ozark forest setting and take home beautifully handcrafted items.

Previously offered classes at our in person camps


Join Holden Snyder in this beginning cooperage class demonstrating the use of traditional hand tools to craft a white oak log into a handsome bucket. Students will become familiar with the use of a froe, drawknife, plane, and shaving horse in the same manner in which traditional, area craftsmen used them. This is a somewhat labor-intensive and time-consuming class, requiring 3-4 days of work, but the result is very satisfying. Come take part in a project that is one of the original classes at CNCW!  Limit of three students.  Age 13+.

Daily.  Cost $25.



Enhancements will be made on gourd bowls or other objects with guidance by Nancy Amburgey. Possible techniques can be coiling with seagrass, adding beads, or weaving. Gourds, needle, thread, seagrass, or other materials will be supplied. Please bring any special embellishments that may be wanted, such as deer antler, driftwood, or special beads. Class is  2+ hrs, with some outside time needed.  The amount of time needed will be dependent upon the complexity of the project selected. Cost depends upon the selected project.  Age 13+.

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8-12.  Cost $30-45.

Free Form Basket Display


With expert instruction from Eric Peterson, Barbara Sakowicz, and John Tankersley, you will create a basket using various materials harvested in nature.  You will have the option to work with Hickory, Cedar, Willow and various Reed materials.   This is a class where you can create unusual, one- of-a-kind, unique baskets.  The first session will be a two-hour session to get the student started and then the student will work at their own pace with instructor supervision.  Bring scissors and/or clippers.  Fee for class is based on materials used and the size of the finished basket.  4-6 hours are estimated to complete your project.  Age 13+.

Daily.  Cost $30 to $75. 


Taught by Don Birdsall, this class is perfect for students interested in learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing.  Students can decide on one of several items to make.  Samples will be available to see.  We will be using propane forges, but a coal forge will be available for people wishing to learn on that.  Students MUST wear cotton jeans and shirts (not frayed) and closed-toe shoes (no sandals).  Eye protection must be worn while in the blacksmith area.  Bring safety glasses or use provided safety goggles.  Afternoon time for finishing may be available.  Cost includes materials.  Age 13+.

Monday-Thursday  8-12.  Cost $10 per hour.


Tom Dooley will instruct beginners in completing a ring, bracelet, earrings, or necklace in one, 2-hour session.  Students who have taken this class before will be asked to wait 2 years before registering again.  Tom will work on an individual basis and will accept 18 students. Price depends on the project and stone chosen.  Age 16+.

Daily.  Cost $25 and up. 


Students in this class, taught by Cindy Dooley, will carve kitchen utensils such as scoops and spoons from various woods. Students need to bring a pocket knife and a bent gouge.  2-3 hours.  Age 16+.

Daily.  Cost $5.

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