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Jun 11, 2016

Hammer-in at Waterloo Regional Museum in Kitchener, On:

We will be having a forge-in at the Doon Heritage Village living history site at the Waterloo Region Museum. Members are invited to bring their portable forges to set up on the village site across from the blacksmiths shop. The site opens at 9:30, and demonstrators are asked to arrive early to setup, as no cars are allowed on site while it is open. Pets are also not allowed on site. Lunch will be provided for OABA members. Among other work being done, Robbie Berardi will be demonstrating sculptural work he learned on his sabbatical in Germany, specifically a large swan forged via sledge hammer, and David Brandow will be demonstrating forge welding steel rope into knife billets. Safety Glasses are *mandatory* whenever you are in the demonstration area.

 

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The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association is a group of professional and part time blacksmiths, as well as others who are interested in the field. Some members have a great deal of experience, while others have only a little.

Fourth Millennium: The Blacksmith’s Art Continues April 1, 2016 - May 209, 2016.

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will be hosting a blacksmithing exhibit in the spring of 2016.

All OABA members and the General Public are invited to come see the exhibit, entitled “Fourth Millennium: The Blacksmith’s Art Continues”. The exhibit will contain a gallery of contemporary forged ironwork, along with a collection of anvils.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 will mark the opening of the Fourth Millennium Exhibit. There will be a two hour forge–in / public demonstration in the morning and an opening reception in the afternoon free to all who wish to attend and enjoy the display of ironwork from several OABA members. This will be the first iteration of this exhibit. The next will be at the Woodstock Museum from September 26 to November 5, 2016. It will be an opportunity to exhibit for those of you who were unable to do so for Hamilton.

 

For the public, we seek to promote the work and trade of blacksmithing, both traditional and modern, as a high quality, creative craft and affordable art form which has a growing place in modern society. For an example of some of what we have to offer, please peruse our Gallery. For those looking to hire a blacksmith, please read Hiring a Blacksmith.

For our members, we seek to promote an exchange of creative ideas, provide an opportunity for teaching and learning about specific techniques of blacksmithing. How to Join.

 

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