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Notices > International Blacksmith Gathering: Forge 300, Cape Breton Island

WHYCOCOMAGH, Nova Scotia (April 4, 2013)

Some of the most well known and successful artist blacksmiths from around the world will be traveling to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada this summer, to attend a blacksmithing event held in an unforgettable setting. Forge 300 is a three day international gathering on July 4th- 7th 2013, that celebrates and promotes the craft and culture of traditional and contemporary blacksmithing.

The event is happening in one of the most scenic places in the world: Cape Breton Island. Located on Canada’s Atlantic coast, Cape Breton is renowned for its stunning rugged coastline, friendly people and vibrant music and culture. Forge 300 will take place just outside the quaint maritime fishing village of Louisbourg, at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Fortress of Louisbourg by France. Today, the fortified seaport town is the largest historical reconstruction project in North America, complete with costumed interpreters who enact life as it was in the 18th century. This summer, Parks Canada is hosting Louisbourg 300; which they describe as a grand celebration where “vibrant cultures meet diverse heritage and awe-inspiring vistas in a celebration of sea and stories, music and military, community and cuisine”.

In this unique setting, participants of Forge 300 will be surrounded by the ringing of anvils as some of the best blacksmiths in the craft demonstrate techniques and share knowledge. The international line-up of demonstrators for Forge 300 includes Lorelei Sims of Illinois, USA who wrote the popular book, The Backyard Blacksmith. Fourth generation metal crafter from Canada, K. John Mason, brings over 50 years of experience to the event and will be joined by fellow Canadian and prominent contemporary sculptural blacksmith, David Norrie, who now practices in Colorado, USA. Michael Budd, an accomplished smith and sculptor, will be travelling from Ireland to demonstrate at the event, alongside Peer Meerding, a passionate blacksmith and teacher from the Netherlands, who operates the largest online blacksmithing store and learning forum in his home country.

Blacksmiths from across North America and beyond, will be coming together to learn from these master smiths and from each other, while celebrating and promoting their craft. They will be joined by family, friends, and many other visitors who are simply interested in learning more about the heritage craft in a friendly and scenic environment.

“Forge 300 will be a once in a lifetime event,” says the Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association president, Grant Haverstock. “It will showcase blacksmiths from around the world set against the Fortress of Louisbourg’s 300th birthday celebrations. It is an excellent vehicle to promote blacksmithing, tourism and the cultural diversity of our area and that of the visiting blacksmiths.”

The event is hosted by the Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association and Parks Canada. For more information about the event, please visit Early Bird registration is open until April 15, 2013.

The Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association is a volunteer based non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the blacksmithing craft through education and presentation on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Contact Information

Grant Haverstock

President, Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association

109 Main Street, Whycocomagh, NS B0E 3M0

ph: 902-756-4766


Forge300 Website

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