Blacksmithing Since 1987
I have been operating The
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.
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 produced world.
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
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.
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
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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 reasonable cost.
last few years furniture has become one of the most sought after forged
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 designs.
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 blacksmithing techniques.
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
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 will.
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
kind wall sculpture 70 inches high by 20 inches wide. It was recently
on display at Joseph Schneider Haus museum in Kitchener
R.R. #2 Cargill, Ontario, Canada, N0G1J0
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