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Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing: Intro to Blacksmithing with Tod Kershaw

August 20 @ 11:00 am 5:00 pm

Class Description

Join the always entertaining 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 class 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!

Students will be introduced to various types of metals, including where to find them and what to do with them. We’ll also go over the various kinds of fuel that can be used and their pros and cons, as well as how to find, refurbish and make tools. Then we’ll get into actual forging and each student will create a beautiful and functional metal hook.

Workshop Details

The class will be held in a covered outdoor space in Barnardsville, NC (30 minutes north of Asheville) on Saturday August 20, 2022 from 11am – 5pm. There will be half hour break for lunch – please bring a bagged lunch. Details about location will be emailed to class participants a week prior to the workshop.

This is a hands on class, and is for beginners to those with moderate experience. Minimum age is 12. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

There are only 6 spots in the class, so 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.

Equitable Pricing Model $170 – $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 $170: 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 $115: 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:

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BLACKSMITHING – 08/20/2022 – Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 170.00
3 available
BLACKSMITHING – 08/20/2022 – Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 115.00
3 available
BLACKSMITHING – 08/20/2022 – *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
3 available
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Kim Dunn

Community Equity Advocate (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.