Most of my pieces are produced in the traditional methods of blacksmiths by coal-fired forge and on the anvil under a hammer. The materials I use are primarily discarded iron and steels from abandoned farmsteads and antiquated industries of the upper Ottawa Valley. Whenever possible I allow most of my pieces to retain telltale signs of their origins. Each of my creations is 'one-of-a-kind' with a past and story of its own long before it found its way into my forge and under my hammer.
Basic forging lessons on Friday afternoon and on Saturday and Sunday I'll be forging small giveaway pieces hourly. It's a fantastic opportunity to gain insight and appreciation for this heritage craft.
Note: Our farmstead studio & gallery are comfortable rain or shine with indoor viewing areas, washroom facilities, clean water and picnic tables.
More info on my website. www.mikedesrochers.com
Great Horned Owl
At the Forge
Steak Flippers and Oyster Shuckers
New Life for an Old Handsaw
Carved Trenching Shovel
Bottle and glasses holder