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Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing: Kitchen Utensils with Tod Kershaw

October 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

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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! 

In this class, 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 Details

The class will be held in a covered outdoor space in Barnardsville, NC (30 minutes north of Asheville) on Saturday October 15, 2022 from 10am – 4pm. 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.  A former engineer, Tod left the mainstream but kept his cleverness.

Equitable Pricing Model $175 – $65 (Class price includes $10 materials fee)

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 $175: 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 $120: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $65: 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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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.