Asheville Blacksmithing Classes for Teens

Winter Blacksmithing Saturdays

Registration is now open for our Winter 2022 Saturday Series. For this season, we are only offering the core Blacksmithing program. In the Spring, we’ll be back with Knife Making and Parent/Child Blacksmithing. Skip to programs list.

About Saturday Series Programs

Based on our popular summer camps and homeschool programs, Forest Floor is launching school year blacksmithing programs that run on Saturdays only. Each program will take place on four Saturdays.

Participation is capped at just 8 students, and run by two skilled Blacksmiths who are also trained nature-connection mentors. You won’t find better teacher to student ratios.

Participants will gain strength, self-confidence, and an important skill – while enjoying time outdoors with our caring mentors.

Your kids are going to LOVE IT.

Age Requirement

Children must be 12-16 years of age when the program starts.

    Why Choose Forest Floor?

    We mentor children  to have fun, be healthy, and achieve their fullest potential by connecting with nature.

     

    • Health benefits of nature connection
    • Learn wilderness skills & traditional crafts
    • Meet new friends and reunite with old ones
    • Unforgettable adventures every day
    • Skilled and caring mentors
    • Exciting wilderness experiences
    • Convenient in-town drop-off & pickup
    • Flexible hours for drop-off & pickup

    Waitlist Available

    Previously full programs often have additional spots open up due to cancellations. So please sign-up for the waitlist by going through the standard registration process. No payment is required.

    2022 Winter Blacksmithing Saturdays

    Ages 12-16

    Blacksmithing project under way with glowing curled metal on anvil

    Ages 12-16

    Blacksmithing

    January 8, 15, 22, and 29

    Create useful tools from red hot metal using a forge, hammer and anvil.

    Instructor showing proper handling of knife made at knife-making camp

    Ages 12-16

    Knife Making

    Not offered during 2022 Winter.

    Create a handmade knife from scratch using a variety of blacksmith & shop tools.

    Blacksmithing project under way with glowing curled metal on anvil

    Ages 12-16

    Parent/Child Blacksmithing

    Not offered during 2022 Winter.

    Parent/child pairs will learn core blacksmithing techniques working together thru a series of small projects.

    Program Hours

    Our Saturday blacksmithing programs run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Flexible Drop-off:
    10:00 – 10:15 am at Haw Creek Commons

    Flexible Pick-up:
    4:00 – 4:15 pm at Haw Creek Commons

    Our In-town Drop-Off and Pick-Up Location

    We are no longer at the Asheville School in West Asheville.

    Our new location since spring 2020 is Haw Creek Commons, in East Asheville off Tunnel Road.

    Haw Creek Commons is a community co-working and activity center where Forest Floor has a presence. See the location on Google Maps.

     

    COVID Safety Policies
    Winter Saturday Series 2022

    Our COVID-19 safety policy is based primarily on pre-screening and monitoring.  It is our current position that the single largest preventative factor at our programs is the fact that we are open-air and outdoors.

    Pre-Screening and Monitoring

    • Any child arriving in the morning with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend programs that day.  If during the program day a child displays signs or symptoms of illness they will be separated from other students and parents contacted to pick them up.

    • All staff will be self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.  If they develop symptoms, they will notify their supervisor and stay home.  Any staff person who develops symptoms of illness during the work day will be separated from students and other staff and sent home ASAP.

    Masks:

    • Children and staff will not be required to wear masks, but will be fully supported if they choose to do so.

    We will do our best to fully support any child or staff who self-selects for more restrictive social distancing or mask wearing than the policies outlined above.