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 and are held at this historic shop at 16 James St in downtown Milton, just north of Main.
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!
- Beginner Level or previous experience is required for the Intermediate Level Course.
- Completion of both the Beginner and Intermediate Level courses is normally required
in order to register for the One-to-one Course. We can make allowances for individual
- Minimum age for students is 12 years
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.
We have two teams of instructors and provide two instructors for each course:
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.
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. David spent several years on the executive 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.
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 send an email to waldieblacksmithcoordinator
Cancellations and refunds
|Timing of cancellation||Cancellation fee|
|Less than 10 business days
before course date
|50% (Unless the Milton Historical Society can find a replacement student before the course date). For special circumstances the 50% cancellation fee may be waived and the student rescheduled to a future course. This will be decided on a case by case basis.|
Safety guidelines – COVID-19 Precautions
- 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.
- Please bring your own leather gloves.
- Do not attend the blacksmith course if you are feeling unwell or meet any of the screening criteria for Covid-19.
Blacksmith Course Outlines 2023
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.
Return to the forge for 2 days to improve your blacksmithing skills. Practice what 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.
Hone your blacksmithing skills with one of our specialty courses where you will focus on creating coal forge tools and tongs, door hardware, or kitchen utensils.
You can also buy Gift Certificates for Blacksmith Courses.