Blacksmithing Workshops

The next blacksmithing weekend will be held in the fall of 2019

Blacksmithing Workshop Participants


Hands at the forgeOld 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. (Special exceptions can sometimes be made for mature minors who are accompanied by a chaperoning parent.) *All tools and materials provided* This workshop is geared towards beginners but advanced students are also welcome...

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to fire up some new possibilities.





Available Spaces: limited to 12 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


Testimonials From Participants:

Thanks so much for providing this workshop! I was intimidated at first as a woman who typically does yoga, and heavy lifting is generally limited to picking up my toddler. I felt welcome and useful in this workshop, and I learned a lot about myself, fire, and metal in a really short period of time. I appreciated the hands-on learning, being able to ask a lot of questions, and having the chance to complete projects while also striking out on my own to try new things and learn more about smithing. I learned more about Turtle Island and the educational experience was one I wouldn't trade for anything else. And I felt powerful in the process! - Stephanie Langston


How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $375 online w/ credit card using the 'Buy Now' button below - and email these forms to: sends e-mail)




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

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Blacksmith 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


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.