Artisan Demonstrations

Historic Demonstrations

We love showcasing historic trades as we celebrate those who continue to learn and preserve these skills. While you’re having fun at the New Deal Festival, watch a demonstration or two and learn something new!


The Appalachian Blacksmith Association is back at the New Deal Festival for a Hammer-In at the Arthurdale Forge. The group features blacksmith craftsmen from across West Virginia. The Appalachian Blacksmith Association is a regional affiliate of the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America.


The Loose Ends Fiber Addicts (LEFA) will be doing a spinning and fiber arts demo during the New Deal Festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a spinning wheel in action and to chat with West Virginia fiber artists about their work.

Other artisans will also be demonstrating their crafts at their tables.