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Classes and Workshops

Blacksmithing

BEGINNING MAY 1, 2024, ALL BLACKSMITHING CLASSES WILL HAVE A $10 MATERIALS FEE DUE TO THE INSTRUCTOR ON THE DAY OF THE CLASS!

Learn the art of Blacksmithing at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Blacksmith

Junior Blacksmithing

$120

/ 5 hours

In this one-day introduction to blacksmithing class, students (aged 11-17 ONLY) will learn the basic working knowledge of blacksmithing with historical demonstrator Kevin Thompson of Electric City Forge. Students will have the opportunity to make a wall sconce candle holder.

Students will learn the five basic techniques of blacksmithing which include the drawing out, tapering, bending, scrolling, and twisting of steel, in addition to basic finishing techniques. Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain, and use a coal fire.

Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain and use a coal fire.

 

For ages 11-17 ONLY. Please dress appropriately with closed toed shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Students will need to provide their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle.  Lunch will be from 12-1.  A parent or guardian will need to be onsite at that time as the instructor will not be with them at that time.

Instruction is for 5 hours between 9-12 and 1-3.

Min- 
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing 101

$120

/ 6 hours

Blacksmithing 101 schedule:

May 8, May 29
June 8, 19

In this introduction to blacksmithing class students will learn the basic working knowledge of blacksmithing with historical demonstrator Kevin Thompson of Electric City Forge.  Students will have the opportunity to make items such as simple s-hooks and wall hooks.  

Students will learn the five basic techniques of blacksmithing which includes the drawing out, tapering, bending, scrolling and twisting of steel, in addition to basic finishing techniques.

Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain and use a coal fire.

Please dress appropriately with closed toed shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 6 hours between 9-12 and 1-4.

Min- 4
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing 102

$135

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing 102 schedule:

May 22

Prior students will be able to add to their blacksmithing knowledge and abilities by attending this 102 class. After a brief recap of what was covered in the previous class, we’ll move on to a group of additional techniques.

These will be upsetting, fullering, hot punching, riveting, and shaping. We’ll also talk more in-depth about the peen of the cross peen hammer. You’ll learn how to properly use this vital part of the hammer to spread, stretch, shape, and texture steel.

Other tools that will be introduced are fullers, fullering punches, swage and rivet blocks, and a hand-cranked drill press. 

Students must have attended Blacksmithing 101, or have prior metalworking experience. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle.  Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours from 9-12 and 1-5. 

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing 103

$140

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing 103 schedule:

May 24

In this class, students will forge a pair of flame tipped wall sconce candle holders. This class involves drawing out long thin tapers, making recessed screw holes, using candle pans and cups that are riveted to the sconce and learning a new twist.  Finishing the sconces with boiled linseed oil will also be covered.  

Students must have attended Blacksmithing 101 and 102 or have prior metalworking experience.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Intro to Knife-Making

Blacksmithing 104

$150

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing 104 schedule:

May 15
June 5
June 22

In this introduction to knife making, students will learn to draw out a blade, tang, handle, and guard, all from one piece of 1075 carbon steel.  This style of knife is often referred to as a Viking or blacksmith’s knife.  Once the knife is forged, students will then learn to harden, temper, and grind the knife to its final shape.

Though not required, it is recommended that students take a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 prior to the basic knife-making class.  This will help students to better understand the shop setup, coal fire management, forge operation, and working heated steel, prior to attempting a knife.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2

Max- 4

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Intro to Forge-welding

Blacksmithing 105

$150

/ 7 hours

Many consider forge welding to be an advanced skill, however, it’s actually a basic, fundamental skill of blacksmithing.  In this class, students will make a simple fire poker, incorporating two forge welds.  After completion of the project, we’ll discuss and demonstrate additional types of welds. 

As with any type of welding, safety is of the utmost importance.  Students MUST wear long pants, a removable long sleeve cotton shirt, solid leather gloves, and bring safety glasses. We also encourage you to bring a water bottle. 

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours from 9-12 and 1-5. We have scheduled a one-hour lunch break so that students will have the opportunity to explore the site. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. Please arrive at 8:45 to sign a liability waiver.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing Tripod

$150

/ 7 hours

Whether you enjoy camping or a backyard fire pit, we’re now offering a blacksmithing cooking equipment class.  In this class, students will make their very own tripod and a pair of S-hooks. 

This is a very basic class and no prior experience is required. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, although the adult is not required to be a paying student.

A $25 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Making Monsters

Halloween Blacksmithing

$120

/ 7 hours

Ready for Halloween? Have an interest in Blacksmithing? If you answer yes to these questions, come take one of our Halloween Blacksmithing classes. 

 This is a fun and whimsical class in which students will forge their own Halloween monster.  

No prior blacksmithing required.  Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, although the adult is not required to be a paying student.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5. We have scheduled a one-hour lunch break so that students will have the opportunity to explore the site. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. 

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Blacksmith

Bush Craft: Railroad Spike Tomahawk

$150

/ 7 hours

Bush Craft: Railroad  Spike Tomahawk class schedule:

April 17
May 17, May 31

In this class, students will forge their own tomahawk, complete with handle, from a new railroad spike.  This is the perfect companion for the trail and campsite.  It’s lightweight and sharp and handles camp chores with ease.  It is perfect for chopping and splitting kindling. And we leave the railroad spike head intact, making an ideal pommel for driving tent stakes and any other hammering needs.

Forging techniques include upsetting, slitting, and drifting, drawing out and peening, normalizing, hardening and tempering.

Blacksmithing 101 required. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle. Students MUST BE 18 or older.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours from 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 1
Max- 3

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing Ranch-Style Dinner Bell

$135

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing Ranch-Style Dinner Bell schedule:

April 19
May 11

Historically, dinner bells hung just outside the kitchen or cookhouse. They were used to summon families or workers when meals were ready.  Or, in times of an emergency, to summon help. In this class, students will forge a large 12″ triangular bell, a striker, and a wall-mounted bracket.

While a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 is recommended for all of our classes, this is a very beginner-friendly class.
Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please bring a pair of safety glasses and a water bottle
A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 3
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Hinge Making Series: Viking Era

$150

/ 7 hours

Hinge Making Series: Viking Era schedule:

May 25

While we don’t know the date for the invention of the pivot hinge, examples have been found dating back to 1600 B.C. It’s been said that the hinge is as important to everyday life as the wheel. In this series we’ll begin with hinges and a simple latch based on an early style used in Viking times. Instead of a pin, these use a ring and loop pivot.

While a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 is recommended for all of our classes, this is a very beginner-friendly class.
Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please bring a pair of safety glasses and a water bottle. This class is for those 18 years and older.
A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 1
Max- 4

Classes and Workshops

Woodworking

Learn how to make a variety of objects from wood at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Woodworking

Spoon Carving

$125

/ 6 hours

In this class, you will learn the craft of making your own kitchen utensils.  The class will take you from a log to a finished utensil.  

Explore using hand tools such as a froe, axe, drawknife, shave horse, and hook knife to complete your project.  We will cover wood species and shapes that are desirable, techniques for carving safely, tool selection and sources, design, and finishes.  

Beware, once you make one you may not be able to stop!

Students must have attended Blacksmithing 101 and 102 or have prior metalworking experience.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Woodworking

Wooden Whisk & Spreader

$150

/ 6 hours

In this class, you will learn to make useful kitchen utensils from the woods.   We will make a whisk that may be used to mix liquid ingredients and a spreader that may be used to spread butter.

The whisk is made from the stem and branches of a tree and the spreader is made from a section of log.  We will take a woods walk to discuss tree species that may be used and may source our material during this time.  

This class will give you the chance to learn to use an axe, carving knife, drawknife, and shave horse.  These will make a unique statement in your kitchen.

Traditional woodworking does require hand strength and a fair amount of physical activity.  Classes are available for all skill levels and reasonable accommodations will be made when needed.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Please dress appropriately with closed-toed shoes and sturdy clothing.  Bring safety glasses, gloves, and a water bottle. 

The class is from 9am – 4pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. 

Min- 4
Max- 5

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Woodworking

Mountain Flowers & Bark Vase

$100

/ 7 hours
In this class, you will learn to make flowers that never die and a rustic vase to display your unique creation.  The mountain flowers start with a stick that when carefully shaved create the full shape of a flower in bloom.  
 
A vase will be made from a small log from which the bark will be carefully removed and used to create a container to display your bouquet of mountain flowers.  
 
Join us as we walk through the woods to source our materials.  This a fun class that is as unique as our Appalachian area.

Traditional woodworking does require hand strength and a fair amount of physical activity.  Classes are available for all skill levels and reasonable accommodations will be made when needed.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Please dress appropriately with closed-toed shoes and sturdy clothing.  Bring safety glasses, gloves, and a water bottle.

The class is from 9am – 4pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. 

Min- 4
Max- 5

Woodworking
Woodworking

Three Legged Stool

$200

/ 7 hours

In this class, you will make a traditional mountain stool using only hand tools.  Your stool making adventure will begin with a log and end with a rustic stool like the ones early settlers would have used in their cabins.  

We will split the legs from a log and use an axe and drawknife to size and shape them.  Once the seat is shaped and bored, we will assemble your stool without glue or metal fasteners.  

We will cover the types of materials that may be used, as well as the different designs and techniques.  The class will allow you to learn to use the froe, axe, drawknife, brace and auger, and handsaw.  

You will leave with a completed stool that may give you a small window into the life of an Appalachian settler.

Traditional woodworking does require hand strength and a fair amount of physical activity.  Classes are available for all skill levels and reasonable accommodations will be made when needed.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Please dress appropriately with closed-toed shoes and sturdy clothing.  Bring safety glasses, gloves, and a water bottle.

The class is from 9am – 4pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. 

Min- 4
Max- 5

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Woodworking

Shave Horse

$400

/ 14 hours

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A TWO-DAY CLASS.

Many early settlers made most of the furnishings and tools for their homes from the forests where they made their homes.  They needed shingles, logs for their home, a place to sit, a container for water, an archery bow, or countless other things.  

Many of these items were made efficiently with simple tools by employing simple methods to hold their work.  The shave horse is a simple device used to clamp a piece of wood to shape it with a drawknife or spokeshave.  

In this two-day class, students will explore the different styles of shave horses, their many uses, and how to make the parts and assembly.  We will build an English style shave horse by riving wood for the legs, pegs and head assembly. 

 A rough sawn plank will be provided for the bench seat.  Learn to use a variety of hand tools and techniques while making a tool to further your exploration of the craft.  

This simple device will allow you to access a nearly forgotten portion of the woodworking realm and take you on journey in the well-worn footsteps of the mountain people.

Traditional woodworking does require hand strength and a fair amount of physical activity.  Classes are available for all skill levels and reasonable accommodations will be made when needed.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Please dress appropriately with closed-toed shoes and sturdy clothing.  Bring safety glasses, gloves, and a water bottle. 

The class is from 9am – 4pm with a one-hour lunch break each day.  Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. 2 days

Min- 4
Max- 5

Classes and Workshops

Old -Time Cooking

If you have ever been interested in old-time cooking methods, be sure to check out one of our classes below.

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Hearth Cooking

Stir the Pot Stew

$80

/ 5 hours

In this class, participants will learn about fire preparation, the tools used, and then will help each other to make a soup or stew,  Appalachian hoe cakes, and apple fritters. 

Wear long pants made of natural fibers and closed toe shoes.

The class is from 9am – 2pm

Min- 
Max- 6

Chicken on a Stick
Hearth Cooking

Chicken on a Stick

$80

/ 5 hours

In this class, participants will roast a whole chicken, bake cornbread in a Dutch oven, roast potatoes, and bake cookies in a Dutch oven. 

Previous hearth cooking experience not required, but recommended.

The class is from 9am – 2pm 

Min- 3
Max- 6

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Outdoor Cooking

Cooking with Fire

$60*

/ 4 hours

In Cooking with Fire, students will learn the history of various outdoor cooking methods, including the basics of food preparation without modern conveniences.  Cooking over fire has been used for thousands of years and is still a vital skill to use today.  Whether you are interested in survival skills, prepping, homesteading, or just another way to enjoy cooking, this class will increase your knowledge of those methods.  Techniques such as using green saplings and bamboo to make a campfire grill and rudimentary smoking hut, using a dutch oven, and others will be covered in this class.  Foods such as smoked fish, grilled/smoked meats, soups and/or stews, drop biscuits, etc. will be cooked using these skills.

*Plus $10 supply fee due to the instructor on the day of the class.

None.

The class is from 10am – 2pm 

Min- 4
Max- 12

Classes and Workshops

Chair Seat Weaving

A beautiful skill to be learned at the Hagood Mill Historic Site, chair seat weaving is open to all abilities!

Woodworking
Chair Weaving

Chair Seat Weaving

$40

/ 5 hours

In this workshop, students will be able to weave a new seat onto a chair. Students will be working with rattan, a common substitute for traditional Appalachian white oak splits, hickory bark, or poplar bark.

Participants will need to bring your chair tor pay an additional $10 for a chair.

The class is from 9am – 2pm

Min- 
Max- 6

Classes and Workshops

Gardening

As more people move to grow their own food, come to Hagood Mill Historic Site for tips and tricks for your home garden!

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Gardening

Traditional Gardening Basics

$80

/ 4 hours
Learn the methods of growing vegetables in a traditional garden.
 

In this two day course, you will learn about the traditional and simple in-ground garden bed and all you need to know to plant and grow a healthy garden.  

Topics will include but not be limited to: what types of supplies are needed, types of soil, watering and feeding your plants, pruning, mulching and companion planting.

Whether you are a novice or have a little experience in the garden, join us to learn how you can make the most of a vegetable garden for you and your family.

The class is from 9am – 11am
(2) Days

Min- 1
Max- 8

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Gardening

Beginner Fall Gardening

$80

/ 4 hours

In this two-day course, you will learn how to plant and grow a healthy fall garden by understanding how to set up the traditional and simple in-ground and raised bed garden.

Topics will include but not be limited to what types of supplies are needed, types of soil, watering and feeding your plants, pruning, mulching and companion planting.

Whether you are a novice or have a little experience in the garden, join us to learn how you can make the most of a vegetable garden for you and your family.

The class is from 9am – 11am
(2) Days

Min- 1
Max- 8

Classes and Workshops

Canning

To keep the art of food preservation alive, join us for a canning class at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Canning

Canning Basics

$90

/ 4 hours

In this class, students will learn the basics of canning including an introduction to the equipment, the sterilization process, how to prepare the fruit, and the water bath method of canning.  

Each student will take home a low sugar/natural pectin preserve made from fruit in season.

None

The class is from 10am – 2pm

Min- 1
Max- 6

Classes and Workshops

Plants Are Medicine

Wild foods are often nutritionally superior to conventionally grown and commonly consumed foods.  Learn how to identify and use plants and trees.

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Plants are Medicine

Winter Staples

$50

/ 4 hours
The March 9, 2024, class is SOLD OUT!
In Plants are Medicine: Winter Staples, students will learn to identify common plants and trees that offer food, drink, and medicine.  
 
Wild foods are often nutritionally superior to conventionally grown and commonly consumed foods.  In this class, students will learn how to use these beneficial wild edibles for their nourishing and healing benefits.

Weather permitting, students will do some hands-on foraging to see how and where to find nutritional nuggets in plain sight.  There will also be examples of the most helpful reference books for this region.

  Students will also do a make and take to get them started on the path to natural healing.  The instructor will also offer premade herbal tinctures, dried medicinal herbs, and organically grown potted medicinal plants as an optional additional purchase.

No perfumes or smoking

The class is from 10am – 2pm with a lunch break

Min- 1
Max- 10

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Plants are Medicine

Early Spring Wild Edibles & Medicinals

$50

/ 4 hours
In Plants are Medicine: Early Spring Wild Edibles & Medicinals, students will learn to identify common plants and trees that offer food, drink, and medicine.  
 
Wild foods are often nutritionally superior to conventionally grown and commonly consumed foods.  In this class, students will learn how to use these beneficial wild edibles for their nourishing and healing benefits.

Weather permitting, students will do some hands-on foraging to see how and where to find nutritional nuggets in plain sight.  There will also be examples of the most helpful reference books for this region.

  Students will also do a make and take to get them started on the path to natural healing.  The instructor will also offer premade herbal tinctures, dried medicinal herbs, and organically grown potted medicinal plants as an optional additional purchase.

 

No perfumes or smoking

The class is from 10am – 2pm with a lunch break

Min- 1
Max- 10

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Plants are Medicine