The Folk School at TDP

Welcome to the Folk School at Taylor Diversion Programs, Inc. (TDP), located on Lighthouse Island along the scenic Allegheny River in Tionesta. The Folk School seeks to bring together youth and community members of all ages with artisans (local and nationwide) to gain skills, values and knowledge from one another. These intergenerational learning experiences provide a unique and life-changing education, focusing on “bringing to life” the traditions of our ancestors.

The Folk School is launching its first 2014 workshop, featuring “Master Bowyer,” Tom Turgeon of Boise, Idaho who provides instruction on building a custom long bow.  The month of September, James Sparks (Sparky) from McGregor, Minnesota, will be offering a unique experience of building a custom Kenosha Canoe.  Also this fall, Katie Cole, National Fishing in the Schools Program (NFSP), will be presenting fly rod building and fly tying for those fishing enthusiasts.  Additionally, monthly fly fishing and archery instruction will be available.

As the 2014-2015 year unfolds, an array of artists, skilled craftsmen, and talented individuals will be invited to present workshops, seminars, and training for those interested.  These will include, but not be limited to: fiber arts, wood carving, painting, leather-making, pottery, candle-making, photography, jewelry, stained glass, wood working, blacksmithing/tool making, building custom muzzle loaders, canjo building, music, outdoor skills, foods, basketry, repetitive line-art and more.

Those interested in attending the September Kenosha Canoe workshops, please contact us at or call 814-931-8748.  At the end of this workshop, a participant’s name will be drawn to win the canoe.  Opportunity for private boat building is also available upon request.

We extend a warm welcome to all artisans interested in becoming a part of The Folk School journey.  For more information about The Folk School at TDP, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or on the Web.


Join us for an experience that will inspire the hands, minds, spirit and soul of all who partake…