About The Camp

The Christianson Native Craft Workshop, now in its 45th 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.

Nearly 80 Classes to Choose From


Join Holden Snyder in this 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.

Cost $25.


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.

Daily.  Cost $30 to $75. 


Don Birdsall will work one-on-one with 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 (no frayed clothing) and close-toed shoes (no sandals).  Eye protection must be worn while in the blacksmith area.  Bring safety glasses or use provided safety googles.  Afternoon scheduling (as needed) is possible for finishing.  Materials included.

Daily 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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