Dates: July 28-31, 2011
Location: Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex
Host City: Fergus, Ontario
Theme: “Forging Friendships”

The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association was pleased to host the Canadian National Blacksmith’s Conference, CanIRON. CanIRON VIII marked the second time the event had been hosted in Ontario.


Paul Allen
Sandra Dunn
Jesus Hernandez
Michael McCarthy
Jake Powning
Mark Puigmarti
Brian Russell
Kelly Smyth
The Dark Ages Re-Creation Company

Organizing Team

Site Manager – Wolfgang Bleckert
Financial – Karin Bleckert
Volunteers Co-Ordinator – Dan Linkenheld
Demonstrator Co-ordinator – Darrell Markewitz
Trouble Shooter – Mick Smith
Gallery – Kelly Probyn-Smith
Equipment – Bob Young & Peter Perry
Registration – Shirley Young


The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association would like to thank the following sponsors:


CanIRON 7 – Saskatchewan Chapter, Western Canadian Blacksmith Guild
Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America
John C. Campbell Folk School
Praxair – Brantford
Acklands-Grainger Inc. (Milton)


New England School of Blacksmithing
the Wareham Forge
Hammer & Tongs
Professional Farrier Supply


Lee Valley Tools
McDonalds Home Hardware
R.W. Hamilton
Peter Perry
Link-Line Contrators Ltd.
Levitt Safety Supply
Kitchener Steel Service Centre
Centre Wellington Tourism

Honourable Mention

Equine Forgings
Thak Ironworks Inc.
Ontario Farrier Association


Alku Group
Metal Supermarkets
John C. Campbell Folk School
Newman Forge and Pattern
New England School of Blacksmithing
Professional Farrier Supply
Lincoln Electric
the Wareham Forge
Hammer & Tongs
Thak Ironworks Inc.
Canada Steel


Lincoln Electric
Professional Farrier Supply
Alku Group
Metal Supermarkets

Lecture/Panel Presenters

Neil Peterson
David Robertson
Kevin Peffers
Darrell Markewitz

A special thank you to Kelly Anne Branco for managing Promotions, and Brad Allen for starting the ball rolling.

Without the support and volunteer work of the members of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association, CanIRON VIII would not have been possible.

More historical information and pictures from the event at