✾ Welcome to Old Time Way ✾
✾ Knife Making ✾
¤Chuck Patrick began making knives while living in the Alaskan Bush. He began studying knife forging at the John C. Campbell Folk School in 1982, where he was able to study with some of the greatest masters of the craft. Jim Rubley of Indiana and James Batson of Alabama, were two of his most influential teachers. Chuck has assisted and co-taught sword making classes with Don Fogg. A popular demonstrator at knife making and blacksmithing symposiums all over the Southeast, Chuck continues to teach and make knives, hand carving and working tools.¤
✾Beadwork and Buckskin ✾
¤The leather for the garments, sheaths and bags is brain-tan leather. It is true buckskin and indescribably soft. Chuck Patrick started experimenting with this ancient art of hide tanning more than 30 years ago. The skin is white tail deer usually. Each hide can take three days or more to tan. Look on future pages for more on the entire process. He also makes oak tan leather.
Peggy studied beadwork at the John C. Campbell Folk School with the late John Neidenthal of Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1990. Her style of bead work is lazy stitch and applique on braintan leather. All beads in her work are glass seed beads. She uses mainly old world colors. She continues to make fully beaded buckskin garments, bags, sheaths and more. Peggy also does quillwork and uses only natural dyes for her colors.¤
¤Peggy started taking shoe making classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in 1998, The first class was with Sharon Raymond owner of Simple Shoes. The shoes we made were simple, fun and stylish. The late Glen Leasure of Snake Foot Shoes in Kentucky was her next teacher. He made leather hiking, and working boots and shoes. Cliff Pequit whose shop was responsible for the beautiful boots in the popular movie “The Patriot,” taught her how to make pegged shoes on a last. Sharon, and Cliff continue to make shoes for other people, as well as teach shoemaking. ¤
¤Peggy made her first basket at the John C. Campbell Folk School in 1982. Chuck’s step-father showed him how to make the white oak splits, like his own mother had taught him. From this beginning they have both worked to increase their knowledge of this craft. More recently in 1998, Peggy began to study river cane basketry with Emma Jackson Garrett of the Cherokee Nation. The Patricks continue to make white oak and river cane baskets, and to teach in schools and events. ¤ Basket classes
✾Old Time Mountain Music✾
¤Chuck and Peggy are both well known local musicians. They have a life time of old time tunes and play a variety of instruments, including fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Peggy is a traditional singer and musician. Her father was the local square dance caller for her rural Appalachian hometown in the north Georgia mountains. Chuck and Peggy have been playing music together since 1974. They have produced three recordings, Old Time Way, Still Old Time,( and with legendary Ross Brown ,left handed fiddler from Hiawassee Ga.) Ross Brown, Chuck and Peggy Patrick Play Your Request. Now you can buy a downloadable cd of “Still Old Time” and “Ross Brown, Chuck and Peggy Patrick Play Your Request”
on the Music page.¤
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