Peter Yencken Workshop Information

We are fortunate to have Peter Yencken offer a workshop at our farm from time to time! It’s an unconventional format and so this page exists to give you an idea of what this workshop is like, including the setting and camping arrangements.

Peter teaches workshops all over the country but is based in nearby Charlottesville. Originally from Australia, he has been teaching craft skills such as those in this workshop, as well as wilderness awareness skills, for decades.

We, Janet & Dan (owners of Broadfork Farm, where we live and farm vegetables full time) have the space around our home and farm to host this event. We help organize the people interested in participating in this workshop and serve as hosts for site logistics during the weekend, but we are not part of the instruction, nor are we financially involved.

When you sign up for this workshop, you need to communicate what project you will work on. Peter then prepares by bringing the materials needed for each person’s project.

Peter arrives Friday evening and sets up his materials prep area. Participants are invited to arrive as early as Friday evening around 5:00 if they would like to set up their camping arrangements and settle into the space, and/or if they are told by Peter that their chosen project is elaborate enough to require starting Friday evening.

We invite participants to camp here for the weekend for the village-like feel of a group of people sharing space all day and night, and also to remove the resource use and disruption of commuting.

Camping at our farm is like camping at your friends farm that has a portable toilet and a sink in the barn for hand washing. We are not a campground, nor are we a large farm. Participants are invited to pitch their tent in designated areas surrounding the spaces where folks will be working on their projects. (We orient everyone upon arrival to the very few rules we have in place to prevent our vegetable crops from getting damaged.)

Below is pictured a participant with her bow in process, and a tent in the background as a an example of where someone chose to set up for the weekend.

During the weekend, participants craft away! People generally learn one or two steps at a time from Peter and return to him when ready for a new step in the process. Peter alternates between all the different participants and their various projects, guiding each person on how to sand or carve or stitch.

Peter does not stand in front of everyone at one time and present information. Rather, participants cycle through moments of time with Peter for individual instruction and moments of working alone, yet as part of the greater group.

– Bring everything you need for camping and any of your individual needs for the weekend.
– Bring food for all of your meals, and a cooler in which to store it, plus eating ware (plate, bowl, utensils).
– A generous potluck contribution for Saturday evening’s group meal. (Details will be worked out by emailing all participants a few days prior to the workshop.)
– Warm layers of clothing and/or sun hat depending on the weather.
– Musical instruments, folding camp chair, etc., as you prefer.

– Space to set up tents.
– Portable toilet plus hand washing sink.
– Delicious drinking water from our well.
– Canopy tents to shelter as needed from sun or rain.
– Fire pit for group fire circles.

We hope you join us for a weekend of crafting and village living!

Any questions? Email us at

Craft options, time requirements, and pricing:

1. Wooden bow making: 2 days, $160 teacher fee plus $20 material fee
2. Arrow making: 1 day or 2 evenings, $80 teacher fee plus $20 materials fee
3A. Quiver: 1 day or 2 evenings, $80 teacher fee plus $20 materials fee
3B. Make your own archery shooting glove, arm guard for both arms.
4A. Knife making (make the wooden handle and the leather sheath; I bring the blade). This is the beginner knife making. 1 day or 2 evenings, $80 teacher fee plus $20 materials fee
4B. The next level is to make a your own blade – could be knife blade or hatchet. This is done using the stock removal method. Hatchet is is flat blade hatchet. **See details below.** 2 days, $170 teacher fee plus $30 materials fee
5. Leather shoe or boot making: 2 days, $160 teacher fee plus $20 material fee
6. Leather bags – all sizes and designs. Cost and time is relative to the size and complexity. Teacher fee of $80 a day and the materials fee will depend on the size. A shoulder bag messenger style would be 1 day, $80 teacher fee plus $20 material fee
7. Leather backpack: 2 days, $160 teacher fee plus $70 materials fee
8. Felt boots or felt vests: 2 days, $160 teacher fee plus $50 materials fee
9. Leather hat making: – Cost and time is relative to the size and complexity. Teacher fee of $80 a day and the materials fee will depend on the size.
10. Carved wooden spoons and bowls: 1 or 2 days, $80 teacher fee per day plus material fee relative to materials used.
11. Sandal making. Make a pair of minimalist sandals with leather and vibram sole: 1 day, $80 teacher fee plus $20 materials fee
12. Leather vest making, perfectly fitted to yourself: 1 to 2 days, $100 teacher fee plus $50 to $70 material fee
13. There is space for a limited number of people to learn the art of beginning blacksmithing to make a Viking Neck Knife with Paul Cipriani: During this workshop you will be guided through the process of forging and heat treating a viking style neck knife. Learn how to hammer red hot steel into a blade, grind it razor sharp, and finally adjust its hardness for durability. No knife is complete without a sheath, so students custom fit a leather sheath to their knife which can hang from around their neck. The workshop runs from Saturday through Sunday, until the completion of the project. Cost is $150. Example photo below. 
medieval-utility-knife-hand-forged from gdfb dot co dot uk
**Fees are sliding scale where there’s a base material fee that needs to be covered, but speak with Peter about what you can pay.