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A Reflection on the Universe


 April 20 – 26, 2008

At John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, North Carolina

 This Elderhostel program will explore the mysteries and magic of kaleidoscopes.  The course outline indicates that  skills learned will range from basic glass cutting to decorative brass etching, intricate glass stringers to complex mirror configurations, gaining proficiency in all aspects in the aspects of Kaleidoscope construction.  There will be an emphasis on the aesthetics of both interior and exteriors, as well as creative and whimsical approaches to kaleidoscope design.

Our instructor was Scott Cole,

nationally known maker of Kaleidoscopes.


The Keith building on the John C. Campbell Folk School. 

This building served as the headquarters for the school. 

It was also the location of a large auditorium and library.


 This building housed the dining hall on the second floor

and the school's craft  shop on the lower level.


Heading to the dining hall for lunch.  Note the large farm

bell on the left of the photo that summoned the students

to meals.  It was rung each time so we could know that

we should enter the dining room.


The jewelry studio where our class was held.  It was very

well equipped for kaleidoscope making.

Our kaleidoscope studio.


 Busy kaleidoscope artists in action.


Scott Cole explaining the methods used in kaleidoscope

design and manufacture.


 Who said that you can't teach an old retiree new tricks!


Kathy Zachery with her new kaleidoscope covered

with birch bark.


A last look at the production area (jewelry studio) where we

made our kaleidoscopes.  Scott is standing by to help

and answer questions.

My finished kaleidoscopes!  The two on the left will be

completed when I add photos inside the plastic bodies. 

The photos will cover the mirrors.


Our class kaleidoscope display at the school's end of

week exhibition.  My two kaleidoscopes that were displayed

were the standing brass one on the right side of the picture

and the blue box car next to the standing kaleidoscope.  

I made a total of eleven various size kaleidoscopes

during the week.  The exhibit of student projects is part of the

closing activities for each week’s class activities.

 It was a wonderful week.  Great new friends and

new skills learned. 

The Campbell Folk School was joy to be at for this

kaleidoscope experience.  They also fed us well and there

were many alternative activities to participate in.