Welcome to my site.

I am many things: musician, crafts person, dance facilitator, teacher, community organizer, nature lover, wanderer, mentor, friend, human…

In a world that pressures us to specialize I strive to grow wider, constantly embracing curiosity, always learning.

My goal is to inspire and motivate.

What I do anyone can do.

What I do I teach.  What I teach I love.  What I love I share.


When i stepped into my first fiddle lesson with Michael, i had no idea that I’d go home that night and be able to play a tune. He is patient, intentional, and thoughtful. His approach to teaching bowing is exactly the foundation needed to not only learn his curriculum, but also to pursue further self guided exploration. He is an excellent fiddle teacher, and I’d recommend him to anyone!


Fiddle Student

Michael’s classes and lessons have been life-changing for me. He introduced me to old-time fiddling and broke down the intricate rhythmic bowing patterns which are so essential to getting the correct sound. It provided me with the foundation I needed to be able to jam.  He makes it very easy to learn!


Fiddle Student

Michael provides a warm, safe, non-threatening environment and his flexibility allows me to drive my own learning direction and pace. If you’re on the fence about learning the fiddle, Michael is the guy to help you do it . Take the leap. You’ll love it!


Fiddle Student

Latest News

Asheville Made Magazine Article

Asheville Made Magazine just published an article about my shoe making classes!

Support Me on My Vision Quest Ceremony Fundraiser

In May I will set off on an 11 day vision quest ceremony with 4 days of fasting and solitude in nature. To do this I will need support from community.

Wild Leaders Adult Immersion: A Radical Expression of Hope

A wise friend recently shared these words that really struck a chord with me: “It feels like a radical expression of hope for a conscious person to choose to have a child in this time." The co-creation of the Wild Leaders Adult Immersion, my most ambitious offering to...

Settling into Barnardsville

It took 8 months but I finally feel settled into my new homestead in Barnardsville, NC. Since May I have dropped trees, cleared an old logging road, set up my outdoor bed, flattened the cabin and outdoor kitchen site, set the new locust posts, set up a yurt workshop,...

How to Move a Modular Cabin in Just 4 Days

Two and a half years ago I built a tiny modular cabin knowing full well that I would have to take it apart and move it one day. Well that day has come. Fortunately, I am moving my cabin to an absolutely dreamy spot on the side of a mountain in Barnardsville, 20 miles...

Contact Michael


310 Dillingham Road,
Barnardsville, NC 28709

michael.ismerio (at) gmail.com

Upcoming Shoe Making Classes

March 8–11
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
Barnardsville, NC

April 5–8
Internal Stitch Down Shoe Making Class
Barnardsville, NC

May 10–13
Internal Stitch Down Shoe Making Class
Barnardsville, NC

June 26–29
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
Barnardsville, NC

July 17-20
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
Foxfire Museum
Mountain City, GA

July 29–August 3
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC

August 14-17
Internal Stitch Down Shoe Making Class
Barnardsville, NC

Sept. 13-16
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
Barnardsville, NC

Oct. 4-7
Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class
Nature Connect NC
Wilmington, NC

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