aka our popular class, The Blacksmith’s Primitive Toolbox, with emphasis on blades or tools most commonly needed for homesteading.

Whether you have an urban backyard homestead, or have made the decision to live off-grid and on your own country homestead; tools are a critical part of your daily life.  Also, in a post-disaster situation, tools will become very valuable when supplies are not readily available and rebuilding work must go on. Blacksmith and instructor James Brock specializes in turning salvage and scrap metal into workable tools that are strong, built to last and functional.


This 2-day workshop will explore building a primitive toolbox for the homestead, tool by tool. For students completing the Urban Homestead Intensive block, completion of Building An Urban Homestead course the previous week will give special insight into tools needed constantly to make homesteading work go smoothly.  A 10% discount on this course is extended for students enrolled in the full homesteading block. Information is available here.

Possibilities include a hand-forged hatchet, a pry-bar, a draw knife, a harvesting blade (called a seax), hammer or any other number of tools that are useful and needed on a homestead.  The instructor team is open to trying other tools, depending on the level of difficulty and the level of skill with the student.

We also recommend that students take the first class, Smithcrafting, offered September 26-27th, which covers basic forging techniques so that work can be expedited during the Toolmaking course.   **If there is a tool you would like to make, please email us, and we can verify if it is one that can be done within the scope of this class.



Class Date: October 3 – 4th, 8 am – 4 pm each day.  *Lunch and materials will be provided.

Class Size:  The class will be limited to 8 students, each with their own project of forging one item of their own choice that will go towards building a completely customized set of tools over time.

Students are welcome to camp over at the school, but will need to bring their own breakfast and dinner meal. Hammock or tent camping is encouraged for those who want to explore working longer.

Class Tuition: $220. A $110 deposit is required to RSVP for this class.

Tuition must be paid before the class begins to hold your spot. **Please be aware of the school’s cancellation and no-show policy.

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