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Who We Are

The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association seeks to promote the work and trade of blacksmithing, both traditional and modern.

Members are drawn from all those interested in all types of iron work, whether full time professional or weekend hobbyist.

Blacksmithing is a fascinating subject: logical yet mysterious; elementary in its importance to the development of civilization, yet highly sophisticated in its practice.To most, the blacksmith is epitomized by sheer brute strength but such an epitome misses the mark widely.

Brains, imagination, and the power of visualization are far more important than brawn to the smith.The secret of success in the trade is really intellect and this must have been true of its beginnings.

Through demonstrations and practice the basics of blacksmithing are learned.