Loading Events

« All Events

Intermediate Blacksmithing: Forging Tools for Wood Carving

March 5 @ 11:00 am 5:00 pm

About Intermediate Blacksmithing

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.

Participants will:

  • Learn basics of identifying appropriate steel for cutting tools
  • Learn basics of forging on a coal forge
  • Shape a functional gouge from a hayrake tine
  • Heat treat the gouge
  • Carve a wooden handle for the gouge and assemble the tool

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.

Intermediate Blacksmithing Details

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.

About the Instructor Tod Kershaw

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.

Equitable Pricing Model $150 – $60

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $150: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $105: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $60: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

Which Price Option is Right for You?*

*Please check your pricing options before you register for your first Perennial Workshop. The pricing options are the same for all events, so you only need to do it once!

Tickets

The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking “Get Tickets” will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
BLACKSMITHING – 03/05/2023 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 150.00
BLACKSMITHING – 03/05/2023 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 105.00
BLACKSMITHING – 03/05/2023 *Equity Discount
*Available for those of the global majority who identify as coming from a racialized community or an underrepresented ethnicity and would not have access to this workshop without this discount
$ 60.00
Do you feel called to give more than the ticket price you chose, but aren’t ready to increase to Sponsorship level? If so, you can make a donation here:

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our Newsletter for updates on all things Firefly, such as Perennial Workshops, Book Nook, and Annual Gathering News.

Kim Dunn

Finance Manager (she/her)

Kim grew up in a multicultural home in the Midwest. Since her teenage years she was already enamored with yoga and spiritual traditions of the East. After college, she answered a deep longing to go to Asia to discover her roots, to immerse herself in the Chinese language, and to expand her mind.

Living in Shanghai for over 5 years brought the wonderful experience teaching yoga full time and connecting with her cultural identity. In 2018 she left China to go to Europe, where she lived in Romania and then France for a couple years. This was her “DIY Masters” degree period where she learned yoga nidra, astrology, guitar, and wildcrafting, all while facilitating women’s circles and addressing personal health issues.

In the spring of 2021, Kim made the decision to come back to the US for the same reason why she left: roots. A true rooting phase is in process, with long term dreams of building a home and community. She’s grateful to be back in NC, tucked away in the mountains where she’s synthesizing all that she’s learned to offer to the world. These travels have enabled an authentic embodiment of the bridge between East and West that she was born to be.