Join veteran Firefly Gathering instructor Tod Kershaw to craft a fully functional woodcarving gouge for crafting spoons or bowls using tines from an old tractor or horse drawn hayrake! All blacksmithing will be done on coal forges and wooden handles will be shaped from hickory split from local trees.
This class is about learning to use all scavenged materials – including the coal – to make a very useful tool. In addition to making gouges, we will also talk about fashioning other tools.
This class is intermediate level; it will be very helpful if you have some experience blacksmithing and wood carving. Beginners are welcome but with the understanding that they may not be able to complete a gouge.
This class will be held in a covered outdoor blacksmithing studio pavilion on Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 11am – 5pm in Barnardsville, NC.
This class is intermediate level; it will be very helpful if you have some experience blacksmithing and wood carving. Beginners are welcome but with the understanding that they may not be able to complete a gouge. Minimum age is 15. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tod Kershaw (he/him) has been a Firefly Gathering instructor since its beginnings, in addition to teaching at Forest Floor Wilderness Programs and various earthskills gatherings throughout the southeast. An engineer turned dumpster-diving fringe dweller, Tod left the mainstream, but kept his cleverness.
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Having grown up in a multicultural family, Kimberly’s love for languages and traditional cultures is infused into everything she creates. After many years overseas, she now calls the Appalachian mountains her home and continues to keep the adventure alive by staying close to the wild. Kimberly is a singer songwriter, dancer, women’s circle facilitator, personal finance astrologer, bookkeeper, yoga teacher, and chef.