@sox Oh hey, I have heard of that! I bet you are right. That area could support any number of places like that, I think.
@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood
The folk school is called Penland, it supports itself by being a kind of art camp for anyone with the money and inclination, and has a thriving community of associated craftspeople/artists. I grew up ten minutes away and my mom has been involved with it for many years. I created an account just to tell you this.