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.

Weaving & Spinning

There will be weaving, spinning, and fiber arts demos during the New Deal Festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a spinnings wheel and looms in action and to chat with West Virginia fiber artists about their work.

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