Camp Scholarship Fundraiser & Give-Away

And the winners are....

1. Railroad Spike Knife: Andrew Clemmons

2. Horse Shoe Kinfe: Kevin Glover

3. Brewing Book: Justin Seguret

4. Sacred Violence Book: Steve Winchester

5. Vacation Package: Dotty Dye

6. Anderson Bear: Lee Wise

7. LogOX Sling: Dodie Needham

8. Hearth Bin: Betsy Campbell

9. Wooden Door Photo: Marino Leone

10. Wagoneer Photo: Carol Rose

11. Pinecone Necklace: Dorothy G

12. Chic Fil A w/ Ervin: Neil Pylant

13. Shave Horse Class w/ Willie: Gilbert Davis

14. Cooking Class w/ Erin: Justin Bird

15. $1000 in Legal Services: Kristina Ashley

16. Travel Cutlery Set: Mary Hardwood

17. Hudson Wood Scale: Chris Fox

18. Guitar Jam with Jeremy: Amy Avery

19. Tour with Raleigh: Laura Doyle

20. Worker Safety Kit: Diane Tucker

21. Flint-knapped Necklace: David Weil

22. Child of the Woods: Barbara Moody-Spears

23. Appalachian Appetite Book: Mary Rector

24. Saw Haul Scabbard:  James Cunningham

25. Garden Consult: Sandy Martin







To replace our highly anticipated, sadly postponed annual onsite raffle, many kind-hearted folks have submitted these wonderful donations for us to be able to host a LIVE Concert Online - Sunday May 3, 2020 - 7pm EST, where we'll announce the winners of the following GIVE-AWAY donations described and depicted below…


 Here's How it Works:


Pick one of the items below

* Buy your tickets HERE

* Enjoy your complimentary pdf

* Tune in Sunday May 3 at 7pm to see if you won!

* Scroll to bottom of page for all details


 Available Items/Experiences:



 This hand-forged Railroad Spike Knife measures 7.5” long, w/ 3” blade. It was hand crafted by Ray Ford at Turtle Island Preserve's blacksmith shop, made from a repurposed railroad spike. Retail value: $80








 This hand-forged Horse-Shoe Knife made by Ray Ford measures 9" long with a 4.5" blade . Retail value: $65









 This Signed Copy of "Artisinal Small Batch Brewing", is a wonderful instruction manual for small batch homebrewing. It was donated by the author Amber Shehan of Pixies Pocket. Retail Value: $22






Sacred Violence (2017) is an autobiographical account of former Turtle Island Interns Paul and Terra’s quest to become more closely connected to their own basic needs. Sacred Violence is their story of committed and direct relationship to the natural world so that they can produce their own basic needs with minimum exportation of violence. This book is simultaneously light, thought-provoking, engaging,  and easy to read. Retail Value: $18






Camp-Out Vacation Package at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach, SC 

This Vacation Package is for the beach-loving nature type! The package includes a pile of swag including beach towel, fanny pack, backpack, calendar, and a 2 night stay at the luxurious Ocean Lakes Campground in Myrtle Beach, SC. Retail Value: $150






Ms. Lilac - Stuffed Bear!!! made with extra soft kid mohair, dyed using plants! 10" from head to toe,  fully jointed and weighted!  75 value  Ms. Lilac is made with extra soft kid mohair that has been hand dyed using cabbage and beets. Her eyes are hand painted and her hat was created from scratch. Even her roses were made in house. Fully jointed and weighted, she's a tiny little 10" from head to toe! Donated by Jodi of Anderson Bears (who is also a singer in the band Otis' Cell performing live on May 3) Retail Value: $175 




Firewood Carrying Sling by LogOx Event Sponsor LogOx has donated this wonderful WoodOX Sling for folks who have to haul firewood. It’s a great hands-free back saver and comes from a great American-Made Company! Retail Value: $79.95





 Event Sponsor LogOx has donated this high-quality folding Hearth Bin, perfect for folks who have a fireplace or wood-burning stove in the home. Retail Value: $114.95











18x22" framed photo of a garden gate at Turtle Island Preserve handmade by Eustace ConwayTurtle Island neighbor, supporter and part-time photographer Ann Wolfe snapped this beautiful photo of a garden door hand-made by Eustace Conway himself, replete with carved heart and hand-forged hinges. It is framed in an 18”x22” black metal frame and depicts the scenery of Eustace’s home garden. Retail Value: $100







 Photographer  Bethany Jean Fancher, donated this excerpt from her pictoral book “Cleavage” featuring cleverly disguised posteriors as bosoms. The illusions Fancher creates are hilariously clever, but also frankly address objectification. In this 11"x14" canvas print, Eustace Conway poses for the composition titled: “The Wagoneer.”  Retail Value: $200



Mini Real Pinecone Pendant from Third Eye Pine Cones Third Eye Pinecones are hand-crafted from the center of the world’s densest pinecones. Their cones are sustainably wild-gathered, then carefully dried, aged, and cured, before one single cross-section is cut from the “heart” of each cone. They are sealed in an elegant, burnished wood-working resin to highlight and protect the organic fractal beauty unveiled within. This mini pendant was donated to Turtle Island, one of just many organizations lovingly supported by Third Eye Pinecones. Retail value: $75


Chic Fil'A Date with Mountain Man Ervin Ellis (rules apply)  Renowned Woodworker and Tradesman Ervin Ellis, known as one of the craft-world’s most eligible bachelors - has agreed to accompany one lucky ticket-holder to an engagement at The Bristol Chic-fil-A restaurant for some super cool swag (Donated by Mike and Jessica Sheley from the Lenoir, NC Chic-fil-A) and a tasty #1! Retail Value: PRICELESS!



Willie Ellis - woodworking instructor  Willie from Ellis Brother’s Builders has kindly donated this private class for anyone interested in building a shaving horse. This is a one-on-one, hands-on class to learn a useful skill from one of the best! The ticket winner of this prize has the option to: 1.) Have Willie build a custom shaving horse for them, - or - 2.) Learn to build it on site at the Ellis homestead near Damascus, VA - or - 3.) Take the class, build it and then donate it to Turtle Island Preserve. Retail value: $300






Erin "cookie" Cram - open fire cooking instructor Turtle Island Preserve kitchen manager Erin “Cookie” Cram has offered this wonderful gift of a private cooking lesson on site, at camp where one lucky ticket-holder will be privately instructed in cooking out of doors over wood. This private lesson includes interactions with our extensive antique cast iron collection as well as our open-fire hearth with blacksmithed crane and implements, along with introduction to our antique wood cook stoves. Retail value: $100






Attorney Bob Laney , Wilkesboro, NC offering 000 in legal services  Long time camp supporter and friend to Eustace, Wilkesboro, NC Attorney Robert Laney has donated $1,000 of legal services for one lucky winner. Want to draw up a will? Need legal counsel on an inheritance? Need guidance on getting out of a pickle? This donation is sure to be a useful gift for one lucky winner. Retail value: $1,000





Leather travel cutlery set from Charmaine Gentz FLT Craft and History Demonstrator Charmaine Gentz has donated this hand-made, leather and glass beaded travel cutlery set, for the person on the go. Handcrafted with salvaged leather and hand-stitched with care, this portable fork, spoon and knife kit comes with a handy belt loop for all you woodsy bat-man types out there. Retail value: $50



Hud-Son Forestry 3-in-1 Measuring Scale  Hud-Son Forest Equipment an American family-owned forestry company has donated this specialized tool – a Doyle, Scribner & International Log Scale 3-1 tool! This a perfect prize for folks who do their own logging and forestry operations. Use it to compare your log scaling with the Doyle, Scribner, and International scales - all on one scale. These 3 scales on 1 tool allows users to get accurate board footage from log length of 8 foot up to 20 foot. Educate yourself with the help of the Hud-son Log Scale and this great donation. Retail value: $60



   Musician and Vocalist Jeremy Thorne of the band Otis’ Cell, has offered this one of a kind prize – a fireside music night! Labeled as “essential” – Jeremy makes part of his living driving big trucks. He’s brought wonderful benefits to Turtle Island, by not only singing and pickin’ during our events, but he recently built and donated a brand new shaving horse to our education center. Winner will meet privately with Jeremy on a mutually agreed-upon date for live music and merriment, campfire style in the eastern Piedmont area of NC! Incidentally (ladies), we hear he might also be single and enjoy long walks on the beach and the smell of wood smoke. Wink, wink. #bachelorauction. Retail value: Priceless!








Private Tour of Turtle Island Preserve led by Raleigh Avery from Mountain MenFormer summer camper and eagle scout, turned reality tv star – Our very own Raleigh Avery, of Avery Knifeworks has donated this very special private tour for four of Turtle Island, with the additional option of seeing his private knife studio. Retail value: $100

















Worker Safety Supply Kit donated by DSSAlong with their associates at Saf-T-Gard an 86 year old Chicago company, Diverse Supply Solutions, a Manufacturers' Representative of tools, supplies, and materials serving customers in the Electric, Construction, Landscaping, and Vegetation Management Industries, have graciously donated this entire worker-protective-equipment safety pack, including: 4 pairs of cut resistant gloves, 3 pairs work gloves w/ coated palms, 1 pair ProFlex HiVis work gloves,  1 pair thinsulated work gloves, 1 HiVis  Fire retardant vest HRC 1 rating Class 2,  box of Swincher 50 packs in a box, 1 hi-vis Orange class 3 safety vest, 2 clear lens safety glasses,  3 mirror lens safety glasses,  and a nice black binder with note pad inside. This is a perfect gift for someone in charge of a team of workers! Retail value: $180







Artist and bushcraft Instructor Bob Hanselmanstone and fossil necklaceArtist and bushcraft instructor Bob Hanselman donated this gorgeous handmade necklace complete with flint river side knotched point, rivercane shaft, waxed linen cordage with crinoid fossil as the button. Perfect for those in need of some woodsy bling. Retail value: $75



















Author Susi Gott Séguret donated this book with endorsement from Eustace Child of the Woods is a uniquely beautiful collection of short stories and observations from Susi Gott Séguret's experiences growing up in the natural settings of rural Appalachia. This collection of insights highlights the wonders of constant exploration with eyes close to the ground, living as one with her surroundings. The stories embrace the universal themes of self-discovery, adventure, and finding one's place in a living world. Retail value: $18













  Author Susi Gott Séguret donated this excellent regional cookbook Appalachian Appetite is a groundbreaking cookbook featuring over 100 recipes that represent an innovative take on tradition, with contributions and stories from this mountain region's best chefs, restaurants, and citizens. From Asheville to Nashville, and from Mississippi to Maine, when asked which cuisine most typifies America, chefs are bound to tell you it stems from the South, the heartbeat of which is Appalachia. Author Susi Gott Séguret hails from the depths of Appalachia in Madison County, NC and honed her culinary skills in France, where she resided for over 20 years, earning a diploma in Gastronomy and Taste from the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. As director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, and leader of a series of foraging sessions called the Appalachian Culinary Experience, she is passionate about taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives. Retail value: $30






  Kenny Finley owner and inventor of the Saw-Haul Universal Chainsaw Carrier has donated this Kit for Tractors which includes SawHaul w/installation kit, Pro-Grade Scabbard, and the No Drill Mounting Hardware. Scabbard Specs: Fits any standard bar up to 20". For bars over 20", the bottom of the scabbard can be cut off. What a wonderful American made product to protect and transport any saw! Retail value: $135







  Allison Bowden - Gardening Consultant Allison Bowden, co-owner of Juneberry Gardens – specialists in high deer-pressure yards, and native perennials, offers this 4-part phone and email Gardening Consultation service. This package includes personal guidance on veggie gardening and landscaping, book and tool references, and help in sourcing plants and budgeting. Master plan and simple drawing also available.  Allison specializes in herbal medicine, growing medicinals, tea and tincture making. Retail value: $200









Everyone in the world can watch and enjoy this concert for free. You can ALSO enter our raflle by buying tickets HERE. Participants can choose which of the items they would like to be entered in a drawing for. They will then go to the ticketing site and buy as many tickets as they like. As a gift to all participants, you will be immediately gifted a digital pdf copy of “One Woman’s Journey off the Grid” – the true story of our very own office manager Desere’s transition to life at Turtle Island Preserve, as our gift to you for your support and participation.  Winners will be drawn during our live concert that will be broadcast on the Turtle Island Preserve Youtube Channel on Sunday May 3 at 7pm EST. For questions or concerns, please send email to: