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.


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.

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. Read about the auction here.

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.

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.

Sponsorship Information
If you as an individual or corporation would like to sponsor this year’s event, please get in touch with us for related information. Sponsorship information for CanIRON XIII

Featured Blacksmiths

Peter Braspenninx, Michigan, USA

Hand crafted works of art and tools for the simple life

Mark Puigmarti, Port Perry, Ontario

Forged contemporary metalwork, public art, and sculpture

Cairn Cunnane, Ottawa, Ontario

Sculptural crossovers of figurative, architectural, and plant forms

Matt Jenkins, St. Andrews, Manitoba

Blacksmithing tools, architectural, home decor

Robb Martin, Floradale, Ontario

Blacksmithing, medieval armour, and functional sculpture

Brad Millman, Wiarton, Ontario

Hand made custom cutlery and outdoor blades.

David Robertson, Cargill, Ontario

Wrought iron, furniture, sculpture

Terry Sheridan, Collingwood, Ontario

Axes, adzes, forged pans, and tools

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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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 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 or through their local blacksmithing association.

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CanIRON XIII Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make CanIRON XIII a huge success! Also to CanIRON VE – Manitoba Blacksmith Guild for passing along the torch from the previous event and to the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America.