The Waldie Blacksmith Shop is a unique historic living museum. In 1865, the Waldie Blacksmith Shop opened its doors for business at this location. Our blacksmith courses are focused on historical techniques and projects.

2019 Courses

Course Offerings and Prerequisites

We are offering a wide range of blacksmith courses. In addition to the Beginner and Intermediate Courses, we are also offering some specialty courses as well as one-to-one learning with one of our blacksmiths. Register early to get a place!

Prerequisites:

  • Beginner Level or previous experience is required for the Intermediate Level Course.
  • Completion of both the Beginner and Intermediate Level courses is required in order to register for the One-to-one Course.

As individual courses are filled, the Blacksmith Coordinator works with the Blacksmiths to see if additional courses can be added. There is no guarantee of new courses, but we encourage you to check back at this page to see if new courses have been added.

Instructors

We have two teams of instructors and provide two instructors for each course:

Darwyne Hourie

Darwyne Hourie has been a blacksmith since 1996 and has taught blacksmith classes for over 15 years at the Waldie Blacksmith Shop.  Darwyne specializes in traditional blacksmithing. He also demonstrates at the Scugog Shores Museum and Village Blacksmith Shop and has taught blacksmithing at the Pickering Village Museum. Darwyne is a long-time member of the Ontario Artists Blacksmith Association.

Mike Armstrong and Megan Carter

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, Ontario.  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 their local blacksmithing chapter – the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.  During the summer they can be found selling their work at the Georgetown Farmers’ Market.

Registration Information

Registration and payment

  • To confirm a spot in a blacksmith course, you must complete the online registration form and prepay the course fee.
  • If you are unable to use this form or need to pay by other means, please contact Bruce Carlin at bdcarlin@gmail.com.

Cancellations and refunds

Timing of cancellation Cancellation fee
5 or more business days before course date 3%
Less than 5 business days before course date 50%

Safety guidelines

  • All students must read the Shop Safety Guidelines and sign the Waiver Form; these documents will be provided via email once your online registration is complete.
  • Students will be be on their feet and require stamina to be able to swing a hammer. The environment includes working with hot steel and near a forge which emits heat and smoke.  If you are not used to hammering, we suggest you prepare for this course by practising hammering while wearing eye protection.

Blacksmith Course Outlines 2019

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BEGINNER LEVEL

You will learn how to light and maintain a fire in a coal forge, and will be introduced to forging tools, hammering techniques and proper tool use. Instructors demonstrate two or more beginner level projects and you will make your own projects to take home.

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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Return to the forge for 2 1/2 days to improve your blacksmithing skills. Practise you learned in the previous course and be introduced to new techniques, including traditional joinery, striking techniques and forge welding. Complete various projects throughout the weekend or make one larger project with various forged elements, working to include the joinery techniques. There will be a collection of books available for study to help with project inspiration.

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ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTIONAL STUDIO

Book a 4-hour time slot at one of the forges to work one-on-one with an instructor.
This forge time could be technique-oriented or a specific project you have in mind. Subject matter should be discussed with the instructor before you book your time slot to:
• Ensure your project goals and ideas are manageable
• Determine your material and tooling needs; additional material charges may be applied.

Prerequisite: You must have taken the Intermediate Level or one of the Specialty Courses to sign up for one-on-one instruction.

 

My day at the blacksmith forge in Milton Ontario. Unfortunately none of the video has me hammering anything but I had a blast and learned a lot while I forged a couple of coat hooks. Check them out if your interested.