Blacksmithing Since 1987
I have been operating The
Hammer and Tongs blacksmithing business in
Ontario since 1987, and I have taught
courses in blacksmithing and knife making as
well as performed many demonstrations for
the public. These blacksmithing classes are
well received by all partcipants.
A large part of my current work is custom wrought
iron work for customers in southern
Ontario. Another area of interest for me is
building air hammers and
gas forges as
blacksmithing supplies for the smithing
community. These forging hammers allow a
small one man shop to be competive in a mass
I previously used blacksmith coal but now
have switched over to propane almost
exclusively for my blacksmith
forge. Most of my work is done on a
double horn European anvil. The quality of
the tool shows in the quality of work.
Through the ages the blacksmith has had many
roles to fill. He was a tool maker, a
weapons maker, and an artist. Today the role
of the blacksmith has not changed but I
prefer to concentrate on the art work.
Since I first discovered the
art of the blacksmith, some 20 years ago
now, I have tried to educate people on the
details of this remarkable profession. Each
blacksmith student gets a dose of my
philosophy of how the metal behaves and what
can be accomplished with it.
Customers discover the beauty of the forged
steel as well as the practical nature of the
finished piece. The smithing craft, I find,
is based on subtlety not on brute force. I
am always coaxing the ironwork to shape, not
forcing it. It is more of a gentle
persistent process than an aggressive one.
Look through the following pages and
discover another facet of the blacksmithing
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Custom work varys
from art nouveau such as this gate to
historical reproductions of cooking and
camp utensils for re-enactors. Supplies of
this nature are often hard to find at a
last few years furniture has become one
of the most sought after forged items.
Classic lines such as this table add a
touch of elegance to a customer's
If you care to look through the Hand
Forged Ironwork Gallery you will find examples of
style and form that may compliment your
personal decor. I welcome inquiries for
custom work and can design to your
specifications or work from your
I have also started an
educational blacksmith video series.
These blacksmithing videos include
Gas Forge Construction, and soon to be
released will be a series on
hot steel allows the sculpture of faces
or flowers as well as many other forms.
There are few other mediums that are as
durable as forged steel.
Although time consuming the added
details that are possible from working
the metal hot add life and character to
each hand forged piece. I pride myself
on being able to create one of a kind
work that will last far longer than I
Please feel free to look around the site
and see what interests you. I also
welcome general or technical
questions about smithing. If I
don't have the answers I will try to
point you in the right direction. Keep
in mind that my primary job is to forge
the pieces so I am not always on the
computer but will try to reply at least
in a few days.
The "Genisis" Sculpture is
one of a kind wall sculpture 70 inches
high by 20 inches wide. It was recently
on display at Joseph Schneider Haus
museum in Kitchener Ontario. Inquiries.
R.R. #2 Cargill,
Ontario, Canada, N0G1J0
519 366 2334
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