Knife Making Weekend

May 2-3, 2020



Forged in Fire fan-favorite Robby Bowman will be leading a group of eight adults in making a useful knife out of repurposed railroad spikes and horseshoes, for this two-day weekend workshop. Students will have access to Turtle Island's outdoor blacksmith's classroom - all tools and materials are provided. The event is open to a small group of adults only. (Special exceptions can sometimes be made for mature minors who are accompanied by a chaperoning parent.) To register for this workshop, students are required to have already taken a basic blacksmith class. 



 A weekend workshop is an all-inclusive experience where we offer romantic hand-hewn rustic lodging, and serve three hot meals a day in our outdoor kitchen to all participants at no additional cost.




Date/Time: 10am May 2 - 4pm May 3, 2020

Available Spaces: limited to 8 adults (no unchaperoned minors)

Cost: $375 online, $360 by postal mail (hot meals & overnight rustic lodging included)

Cancellations: non-refundable deposit (1/2 of total) is retained for all cancellations

Road Conditions: 1.5 miles off-road gravel - watch the video(link is external)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - Base camp at Turtle Island Preserve is just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit


How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $375 online w/ debit or credit card



- then email these forms to:




Option 2: Pay $360 w/ check or money order by Postal Mail - print and enclose these forms to:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Knife-Making WeekendRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

Driving Directions

What to Bring on overnight stays

CRITICAL Orientation Info



Testimonials From Past Participants:


 “The time I spent at Turtle Island has changed my life. I look at the world with new eyes. The skill that I learned while I was there have made me a stronger and better person. The spiritual feeling and atmosphere I felt while I was there, and the friends I made, will stay with me for the rest of my life. Turtle Island is a great place to come to better yourself in so many ways. All I can say is I'm a stronger person with the skills and knowledge I have learned at Turtle Island Preserve.”  - Ray Ford Knife Making Workshop Participant 2019



ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: Read Before Entering - Be aware that Turtle Island Preserve is NOT LIABLE for your safety, health or any impairment of it. Enter at your own risk. Your presence represents your acknowledgement that you accept full liability for any damage to you/your children’s person or property. This applies to everyone on the premises or associated with Turtle Island Preserve programs.

WARNING:Under North Carolina law, a farm animal activity sponsor or farm animal professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in farm animal activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of farm animal activities. Chapter 99E of The North Carolina General Statutes.

WARNING: Under North Carolina Law, There Is No Liability For An Injury To Or Death Of A Participant In An Agritourism Activity Conducted At This Agritourism Location If Such Injury Or Death Results From The Inherent Risks Of The Agritourism Activity. Inherent Risks Of Agritourism Activities Include, Among Others, Risks Of Injury Inherent To Land, Equipment, And Animals, As Well As The Potential For You To Act In A Negligent Manner That May Contribute To Your Injury Or Death. You Are Assuming The Risk Of Participating In This Agritourism Activity.