Blacksmithing Workshops

The next blacksmithing weekend will be held March 9-11, 2018

Blacksmithing Workshop Participants

Old time traditional techniques and lore will be explored, exemplified, demonstrated, and celebrated during this weekend workshop. You will get lots of hands-on experience. Our professional blacksmiths and teachers will attentively guide you on this 3-day weekend long journey back into our American roots. Try your hand at making a hook, hoof pick, candle holder, or fire poker. More importantly learn foundational techniques that can enlighten an aspect of our history or guide you into becoming more deeply involved in this empowering trade. This event is open to a small group of adults only. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to fire up some new possibilities. *All tools and materials provided* This workshop is geared towards beginners but advanced students are also welcome...


Date/times: Arrival 2pm Friday  - Departure 4pm Sunday

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

Cost: $300 per person (Meals & lodging included in this one low fee!) Final payment due 2 weeks prior to arrival

Cancellations: A non-refundable deposit of 1/2 your total will be retained for all cancellations.

Road Conditions: watch the video of our actual gravel driveway

Spaces are limited - send an email to get more info

How to Register:

Print and complete the Workshop Registration Form, mail in with your full $300 payment and completed 2-sided Medical/Liability Form to:

Turtle Island Preserve
Attn. Blacksmith Workshop
2683 Little Laurel Road
Boone, NC 28607

Attention Visitors - Please Note:

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.

Important Liability Waiver - Read before entering: Please 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 your person or property. This applies to everyone on the property or associated with Turtle Island Preserve.

After you've registered:

Driving Directions


CRUCIAL Orientation Info


Testimonials from Workshop Participants:

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  The instructors and their instruction was most helpful.  They made it fun, and gave us all plenty of creative freedom to personalize our projects.  It was quite nice getting to meet some of the staff and volunteers as you all contributed to the welcoming culture and inclusive environment.  I was honored when asked by Eustace to ride with him to help out in the outdoor classroom.  That short opportunity to lend a hand and spend a few minutes with him was certainly a perk of getting to participate and seeing the working effort that makes Turtle Island a success.  -Sam D.



The Blacksmith Workshop was awesome!  My brother and I both enjoyed the day and got a lot out of it.  If nothing else, we have the confidence now to get our own forge up and running. We would also be interested in a whole weekend sort of thing. - Mark B.