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

March 26, 2022 @ 11:00 am 5:00 pm

Registration Closes: Friday March 25 @ 3pm
Spoons made from scrap metal and DIY blacksmithing

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 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 on Saturday March 26, 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.

Sliding Scale $200 – $70

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 $200: 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 $135: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Price $70: 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 to transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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Registration Closes: Friday March 25 @ 3pm

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Kimberly Dunn

Finance Manager (she/her)

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.