The next blacksmithing weekend will be held in the spring of 2018. Stay tuned for dates...
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 10am 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:
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:
What to Bring - FOR OVERNIGHT STAYS
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.