Explore a variety of tools, mediums, and projects inspired by our Appalachian heritage. Centered in the new Appalachian Arts Village, campers work with wood, leather, canvas, and other materials sourced from our own property to create take home masterpieces.
Like many of our other activities, craft projects are offered for campers of all ages and skill levels. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and enjoy the creativity that comes from conversation with friends and collaborators.
Blacksmithing is offered at a beginner to intermediate level for boys ages 13 and older. During blacksmithing lessons, campers use a hammer and anvil to transform metals into artistic creations. Participants also learn about the science of the craft as they create alloys by hammering different types of metals together for a unique effect.
This skill teaches fundamental blacksmithing techniques, allowing campers to progress at their own pace. A one-to-one ratio at the forge (the furnace used to heat the metal objects) ensures individual attention and enhanced camper safety.
Blacksmithing requires careful attention to detail that offers a rewarding finished product. The young men who take part in blacksmithing at Camp Rockmont take incredible pride in the quality and creativity of their work. The challenge and process of transforming such a durable medium as iron gives our students a powerful boost in confidence.
The Camp Rockmont Ceramics Studio is in a beautifully lit room on the ground floor of the Ship, overlooking Lake Eden. We begin with teaching the basic hand building techniques, and then we introduce campers to one of our five potter’s wheels. Campers are encouraged and helped to create something beautiful and are introduced to the concept of craftsmanship. We hire staff with a love and mastery of ceramics, and we encourage them to welcome young men into a craft that can last a lifetime. It is also inspiring to work with ceramics in the original classroom studies building of Black Mountain College, an interdisciplinary college that operated on Lake Eden until 1956.
The guitar skill has expanded! Now you can bring any instrument and learn to jam with others in the cradle of traditional Appalachian music. Learn to lead camp songs and perform on stage.
Woodcarving and Soap Carving
Learn to safely use carving tools and be introduced to an ancient mountain skill that can last a lifetime. Learn how to use carving tools, sand and finish wood, and sharpen and care for tools. Soap Carving for 10-11 years old will have fun creating several sculptures from bars of soap. Wood Carving for 12 years old and up will focus their carving techniques on a project made of basswood. This year’s project is an owl.