Historic downtown Milton blacksmith museum offering classes for local residents


Published March 15, 2023 at 3:44 pm

The Milton Historical Society is holding its popular blacksmith courses for local residents.

The Waldie Blacksmith Shop is a unique living museum. In 1865, the Waldie Blacksmith Shop opened its doors for business at 16 James St., where it’s still located. The blacksmith courses are focused on historical techniques and projects and are held at the historic shop.

A wide range of blacksmith courses are being offered. In addition to beginner and intermediate there are also specialty courses and one-to-one learning with one of our blacksmiths.

Beginner level or previous experience is required for the intermediate course.

Completion of both the beginner and intermediate courses is normally required in order to register for the one-to-one course, however allowances for individual circumstances can be made.

There are several instructors available.

Darwyne Hourie has been a blacksmith since 1996 and has taught blacksmith classes for more than 15 years at the Waldie Blacksmith Shop. Hourie specializes in traditional blacksmithing and is a long-time member of the Ontario Artists Blacksmith Association.

He also demonstrates at the Scugog Shores Museum and Village Blacksmith Shop and has taught blacksmithing at the Pickering Village Museum.

David Brandow has been blacksmithing since 2008 and runs his own part-time blacksmithing business, FireSword Forge. David has taught many students over the years at his home shop, and demonstrates many times each year at various fairs and events across the province. He spent several years on the executive of the Ontario Artists Blacksmith Association.

Armstrong and Carter Ironworks is an artist blacksmithing business owned and operated by Mike Armstrong and Megan Carter. They both studied artist blacksmithing at Haliburton School of The Arts in 2010. In 2012, they combined their skills and efforts to open their own shop in Georgetown.

Their work ranges from architectural ironwork to furniture, sculpture, functional tools, door hardware and copperwork. They continue their studies through courses with more experienced blacksmiths and by staying involved with the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.

For more information about the classes, when they’re being held, or to register, visit here.

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