1 SPOT LEFT — Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing III

Tod Kershaw teaching Blacksmithing at the annual Firefly Gathering

1 SPOT LEFT — Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing III

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Join Tod Kershaw, engineer turned off-grid dumpster diver extraordinaire, as he walks us through the ins and outs of DIY Blacksmithing, foraging for metal in the scrap heaps and so much more! This multi-part series will empower students to find metal, tools and fuel and teach you what to do with it. All of the materials in the class will be 100% found, foraged, reclaimed & reused…even the coal! 

Our Blacksmithing series is unique in that each class will build on the previous class, and yet each class stands alone! This means that folks at all experience levels can sign up for any and/or all of the workshops and still learn something. Each class will build on information shared in previous workshops, but will also be offered in a way that individuals can step into any class without previous knowledge or experience and still feel competent. So sign up for one, or all three! Class size is limited to 6, so don’t wait! 

Part I: Intro to Blacksmithing

Saturday, October 23, 2021 11 am – 4 pm

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PART II: Basic Tool Making

Saturday, October 30, 2021 11 am – 4 pm

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PART III: Riveted Kitchen Utensil

Saturday, November 6, 2021 11 am – 4 pm

In the third part of the series, students will create a beautiful and functional steel serving spoon or ladle. We’ll start by blacksmithing the handle; next we’ll cut out the bowl from sheet metal, then swage it into a form. Finally, students will make copper rivets and join the bowl to the handle, completing their masterpiece!

Workshop Series Details

The classes in this series can be taken individually or as a series. If you would like an immersive experience that gives you a strong foundation in blacksmithing, we encourage you to take all 3 classes. But if you can only take the second or third class and are new to blacksmithing, Tod is teaching each class in a way that everyone will gain the foundational skills and competency, even if you haven’t attended a previous course in the series.

Classes will be held on three Saturdays October 23 – November 6, 2021, from 11-4pm at an outdoor location in Barnardsville, NC. There will be a half hour break for lunch.

Each class is limited to 6 participants and will fill quickly. Register early.

About the Instructor

Tod Kershaw 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.

Sliding Scale $125-$45 per class

To engage in mutual community support, consider the options below and select your ticket price at checkout. You can find the sign up form below. Contact registration@fireflygathering.org with any additional questions.

  • Sponsor Price $125-$130* per class: For those who have enough to share, this is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $85-$90* per class: Reflects what it costs to cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $45-$50* per class: Offered to those who are owed amends for generations of physical, cultural, spiritual and institutional harm. If you are from a racialized community and could use this discount, this price tier is for you.

* Due to material fees, the prices of Part 2 and Part 3 are $5 more than the Part I class. Classes are designed to be taken individually or all together.


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Date And Time

Saturday 11-06-21 @ 11:00 AM to
04:00 PM

Registration End Date

Friday 11-05-21


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