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.
Richard Bent – FWCB
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
National Concrete Accessories
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.