CanIRON XIII

Dates: August 3-6, 2023
Location: Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex
Host City: Fergus, Ontario
Theme: “Sparking Your Creativity”

CanIRON XIII will run from Thursday August 3 to Sunday August 6, 2023 at Centre Wellington Community Sportplex located at 550 Belsyde Ave E in Fergus, Ontario. The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association will host the event.

More about registration and accommodation on the registration site.

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Teaching Tent
This is a hands on area for scheduled working with the demonstrators. Here is a chance for one on one instruction from world class blacksmiths. There will be approximately 10 student spaces per demonstrator as well as some supervised free time.
Since this is a very popular area of the event for fairness spaces will be alloted by lottery. That is once your name has been selected for a space it will be removed from the next demonstrators lotterys, unless there are open spaces. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Auction
Once again Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association will be hosting an auction Saturday night relating to blacksmith items. You may find pieces of art work, tools, supplies, courses. Anything related to smithing could be possible.

Iron In The Hat
This is a time honored tradition. Typically for items smaller than what is in the auction. Tickets are purchased on raffle items. The more tickets you put toward an item the better your chances of winning. There is often an eclectic assortment of items. Depends on what people wish to donate.

Gallery
Once again CanIRON XIII will be mounting a professional level Gallery presentation to illustrate the scope of contemporary forged metalwork, both to inspire fellow artisan blacksmiths and to inform the general public of the wide range of work we collectively undertake. Read the call to artists here.

Featured Blacksmiths

Peter Braspenninx, Michigan, USA

Hand crafted works of art and tools for the simple life
phyreforge.com
instagram.com/phyreforge


Mathieu Collette, Montreal, Quebec

Pérenniser le patrimoine immatériel de la forge traditionnelle par des formations, de la recherche, des événements et une exposition permanente
lesforgesdemontreal.org
instagram.com/lesforgesdemontreal


Cairn Cunnane, Ottawa, Ontario

Sculptural crossovers of figurative, architectural, and plant forms
cairncunnane.ca


Matt Jenkins, St. Andrews, Manitoba

Blacksmithing tools, architectural, home decor
cloverdaleforge.com
instagram.com/cloverdaleforge


Robb Martin, Floradale, Ontario

Blacksmithing, medieval armour, and functional sculpture
thak.ca
instagram.com/thakironworks


Brad Millman, Wiarton, Ontario

Hand made custom cutlery and outdoor blades.
instagram.com/blackmapleblades


David Robertson, Cargill, Ontario

Wrought iron, furniture, sculpture
artistblacksmith.com


Terry Sheridan, Collingwood, Ontario

Axes, adzes, forged pans, and tools
thebarnstudio.ca


About CanIRON

Canada’s National Blacksmith Conference

Since 1997, CanIRON has been the premier biennial blacksmithing gathering, aimed at fostering friendship, collaboration, and skills development. The initial purpose of the event was for the betterment of all who attend, to exchange thoughts, ideas, procedures, technology, etc. and then take the knowledge back home and share.

“This event is not just for people who are practicing blacksmiths. It will inspire artists and designers of all media, anyone with an involvement or interest in metal, and those who are totally unfamiliar with the craft” –G.Haverstock, CBBA president

Held every second year, CanIRON moves west to east across Canada and is hosted alternately by eastern and western Canadian blacksmithing associations. The conference features presenters and demonstrators from a wide variety of metal working disciplines.


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Registration

More about registration and accommodation on the registration site.
Questions or concerns? register@caniron.ca

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Opportunities

CanIRON has successfully partnered with cities, venues, companies, government and private organizations for more than two decades.

If you are interested in supporting a CanIRON event through sponsorship, please contact us via sponsor@caniron.ca or get in touch with the host blacksmithing association directly.

Individuals or groups who are interested in volunteering their time for set up, take down, preparing materials, documenting, media, or other creative input are encouraged to connect via volunteer@caniron.ca or through their local blacksmithing association.

recent news & updates

News & Updates

Gallery At CanIRON XIII – Call to Artists

Kelly Probyn-Smith – Gallery Manager – info@elfworksstudios.com Once again CanIRON XIII will be mounting a professional level Gallery presentation to illustrate the scope of contemporary forged metalwork, both to inspire fellow artisan blacksmiths and to inform the general public of the wide range of work we collectively undertake. big cube 2 – peter braspenninx, phyreforge.com …

CanIRON XIII Demonstrator: Terry Sheridan

Terry Sheridan, Collingwood, Ontario Axes, adzes, forged pans, and tools thebarnstudio.ca Terry is a self-employed machinist, welder and blacksmith from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Most of his work is in the heavy construction machine industry, as well as, the local ski resort industry. At his business, most of his forging is for industrial applications; gas forges …

CanIRON XIII Demonstrator: David Robertson

David Robertson, Cargill, Ontario Wrought iron, furniture, sculpture artistblacksmith.com David is professional artist blacksmith with work in private collections across Canada, the US and as far flung as Ireland and Germany. After opening his business in 1987 and gaining 6 years of experience, he started teaching blacksmithing. In 1996 he was honored to be chosen …