WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: 1 Day (offered on Sat & Sun)
In this one day workshop, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the craft of blacksmithing and leave with your own hand made tools. We will cover basic techniques in the forging of your own campfire tools and coat hooks. Students will be able to personalize their pieces so each one is unique to your aesthetic.
Students are advised not to wear synthetic clothing, and leather aprons/work gloves are encouraged. Eye protection will be provided and is to be worn at all times . A safety waiver will be required to sign before the workshop begins.
Graham van Houten
Graham van Houten is a visual artist who has been studying blacksmithing and bladesmithing since 2018. He graduated with a BFA from OCADU in 2007, and spent a decade maintaining a studio practice in Toronto, focusing on illustration work.
In 2018 he took a one day workshop on axe making and was immediately taken with the craft. In 2019 he attended the Haliburton School of Art and Design and lived in a small cabin for the whole winter. His focus on blacksmithing brought together his love for design, traditional skills, the outdoors, science and history.
In 2020 he began working as an apprentice to Douglas Morlock, immeasurably benefiting from his years of experience and expertise. Graham hopes to pass on his love for this once ubiquitous craft through demonstrating and teaching.
Date: May 20 or 21
Group Size: 4 Participants per day
Contact: [email protected]