Dates: August 7-9, 2009
Location: Ness Creek Festival Site & Campgrounds
Host City: Just outside of Big River, Saskatchewan

With less than less than five months to plan an event this big we have been busy. We have a great site, and the Demostrators are lining up. In addition to the CanIRON VII conference, we are organizing a hands-on blacksmithing camp during the following week with Arian Legge.

Featured Blacksmiths

Adrian Legge
Sandra Dunn
Al Bakke
John & Nancy Little
John Monteath
Murray Cook

Organizing Team/Contact

Saskatchewan Chapter of the Western Canadian Blacksmith Guild


CanIRON 6 – Vancouver Island Blacksmiths Association
Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America


Dates: June 29 – July 2, 2007
Location: Luxton Fairgrounds
Host City: Victoria, British Columbia
“Uniting Blacksmiths Across Canada”

The Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association is pleased to host CanIron VI (2007) at Luxton Fairground. Ten years ago, CanIron started as a dream to bring Canadian blacksmiths, and smiths from around the world, together to learn, share ideas and make new friends. From its start in Vernon, BC, the idea was for CanIron to travel west to east. The show continued to Calgary, Alberta, then to North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Next up was Hamilton, Ontario and lastly, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Now CanIron has come full circle and is back in the west, the Pacific Northwest, a unique and popular tourist destination!

Back on home turf, this four-day event will appeal to anyone with an interest in metal-working, either architectural or artistic, and offer something to everyone who attends. We are hard at work putting together a great demonstrators package for you to enjoy. The Western Canadian Wheelwright’s Association and Western Canadian Farriers Association will also be here to show their disciplines.

Featured Blacksmiths

Richard Bent – FWCB
Paul Thorne
Jake James
Daniel Orton
Cairn Cunnane
Al Bakke
Renato Muskovic
Tony Austin
Doug Newell

Organizing Team/Contact

Vancouver Island Blacksmith Association


A big thank you to everyone who helped to make Canada’s biennial blacksmithing conference, CanIron VI, held at the Luxton Fairgrounds, such a resounding success. Thank you to the sponsors whose donations and contributions added to the success and were very much appreciated:

CanIRON 5 – Maritime Blacksmith Association
Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America
City of Langford
Donation in Memory of Dave Manzer
Ellice Automotive Ltd.
Gorge Auto Supply
Island Metal Craft Ltd.
J. B. Auto Supply
Lee Valley Tools
Metal Master Industries
Metal Supermarkets
Mighty-Mite Forge
National Concrete Accessories
Newman Forge
Off Center Products
Pacific Coast Floor Coverings Inc.
Sinclair Supplies Ltd.
Steels Industrial Products Ltd.

Thank you to the participation and demonstrations by the Western Canadian Farriers Association, and the Western Canadian Wheelwright’s Association.

Thank you for the various non-blacksmithing activities including the multiple craft classes which provided alternate activities for spouses/family members during the conference.

Thank you to the West Shore Arts Council for their input and participation to make the Gallery a roaring success.

An additional thank you to Richard Bent for judging the blacksmithing competition to the standards of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths of London, England (est. 1325).

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers whose passion, enthusiasm and many hours of hard work culminated in the tremendous success of CanIron VI.

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone from far and wide who attended the conference, because without you CanIron VI could not have happened.


Dates: Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2005
Location: The Town Pier
Host City: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
“Take Another Heat”

The Maritime Blacksmiths Association and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council are proud to present CanIRON V, a four day gathering of blacksmiths and interested parties from North America and Europe. Its purpose is to promote the art and craft of blacksmithing and to act as a forum for the sharing of ideas, techniques, and philosophies amongst blacksmiths internationally. This will be only the fifth blacksmithing conference held in Canada, and the first in Atlantic Canada.

While CanIRON V is intended to be a conference given for, and by, blacksmiths, it will include much public interaction. The gallery and auction will be open to the public, and there will be public forging demonstrations daily.

CanIRON V will be hosted in a quaint little coastal town nestled along the Annapolis River basin across the Bay of Fundy from Maine and New Brunswick. The event will include demonstration tents on the town pier, teaching stations in the market square, meals in the Legion Hall, forged iron displays in a local art gallery, and lectures in the town’s theatre.


Dark Ages Re-Creation Company
Fred Crist, United States
Christoph Friedrich, Switzerland
David James, United Kingdom
John and Becky Little, Canada
Brad Silberberg, United States
Paul and Heiner Zimmermann, Germany


Christoph Friedrich, Switzerland
Paul and Heiner Zimmermann, Germany
David James, United Kingdom
Adrian Legge, United Kingdom
John and Becky Little, Nova Scotia, Canada
Darrell Markewitz, Ontario, Canada
Fred Crist, United States
Kellysmyth, United States
Brad Silberberg, United States
Clare Yellin, United States

Instructors – Teaching Station

Adrian Legge, United Kingdom, Herefordshire College of Technology
Henry Pomfret, United Kingdom, Herefordshire College of Technology

Design Workshops

Doug Newell, Alberta, Canada
David James, United Kingdom

Organizing Team/Contact

Maritime Blacksmith Association


CanIRON 4 – Ontario Artist Blacksmiths Association
Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America
Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council
Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
The Town and Council of Annapolis Royal
The Royal Canadian Legion – Port Royal Branch 021

Thanks to the people of Annapolis Royal for graciously hosting this event, and to the nearly 150 blacksmiths, their closest friends, and relatives who participated in making this a memorable gathering.