Ontario Artist Blacksmith
David Robertson

Over the years I have been asked to do a number of blacksmith demonstrations. These have ranged from Scouts to Medieval Faires and Historical Events as well as Technical Blacksmithing Demonstrations for blacksmith groups. Depending on the nature of the event I have several types of equipment and costumes appropriate from the viking age to modern age.

The art of Blacksmithing is one of the few demonstrations that hold a crowd of people's attention for an extended period of time. The combination of fire , the motion, and the noise makes an excellent crowd pleaser. I also include educational elements in the demonstrations to keep the adults interested.

Few people realize that the blacksmith was "the hardware store" of the 1800's. Modern society and technology have its roots in what the blacksmith could produce and we should not forget this humble start.

Due to teaching work load at my home shop I am now limiting demonstrations to only teaching blacksmithing in well set up shops. This means I would need the the use of gas or coal forge, anvil, vise, preferably a power hammer although not necessary but preferred. I am willing to bring limited hand specialty tools as the demonstration requires. I am no longer moving a small shop for demonstrations.

In 1996 I was honoured with role of Folk Artist In Residence at Joseph Schneider Haus Museum , in Kitchener Ontario. Part of this role was a series of public demonstrations held at the museum.
David Demonstrating
                                      Blacksmithing at Joseph Schneider
                                      Haus picture.
Prices for demonstrations depend on the type required. For general demonstrations the price is $400.00 per day plus travel expenses. Please contact me at my email address for a quote on your particular demonstration.
David demonstrating
                                      blacksmithing image.



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