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.