BLACKSMITH CLASSES

As of this fall I’ll be doing blacksmithing classes

Nov 24th : basic blacksmithing ; fire poker class ( one opening left) 9:00-4:00 $225.00 per student

More info for upcoming blacksmith classes will be added soon

Upcoming Fall/Winter Events 2018

It’s been confirmed !! I’ll be at the Bentley Christmas market !!! Come on out and do some Christmas shopping and say hi 👋

Starting in October I’ll be at the Perky Peddler Market on random weekends: please check out my facebook page on updates for exact dates that I will be there

September 15-16 : Reynolds Museum Metal Art Show

Up Coming Events:

April 28: Spring Witches Market 12-5pm lower level , 4919-49 street red deer ab,

May 5 : first open day for the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum 10:00-4:00 pm

May 26: museum days at Rocky Mountain House Museum 10:00-4:00

June 16-17: Vintage machinery show in lacombe, ab

July 21 : jungle farm strawberry festival 10-4 , Innisfail ab

The Spring Season begins !!

My first spring show (now that the snow has melted) will be next Saturday at the Spring Witches Market on April 28 in Red Deer:

Come on out and see say hi, it’s going to be a fun day . I’ve been posting the neat things I’ve been making in the forge over on my instagram site : ironsunsetforge. And they also post onto the website and my fb page if you missed it and wanted to check out different sites.

I’ll be making a list of my up coming events and markets that I’ll be at soon.

Cleaning up the shop….

So as I start to tidy up the shop for the next project, which hasn’t been decided, my husband suggested that now would be a good idea to do some repairs on things too. A fellow blacksmith, Dennis , had popped in last week for a visit and suggested a cool idea for my portable vise and table. I’ve had this set up for over fifteen years and it’s been through a lot of changes but I still seemed to have an issue with it shifting a lot. Dennis’ cool idea was to weld some angle iron to it. I know a simple idea and one I should have thought of but when you’ve done something one way for so long it takes a new set of eyes sometimes. Forest; trees ; that sort of thing . So with help from my hunny we got it sorted and I did a some welding to the table. It looks great and seems to be holding up👍. Thanks Dennis for the idea. Now back to cleaning the shop ….. till I find something else to fix 😉

Horse head door knocker

I just finished the horse head door knocker this last week. I’d been working on this off and on for over a year and am very proud of the final product. The horse shoe was repurposed from the olds college farrier course. I was happy to be able reuse the horse shoe in this piece.  It gave it a nice symmetry. This was also the largest horse head I’d hammered out as well.

Forge Update !

I am pleased to announce that Iron Sunset Forge will be displaying several pieces of ironwork, such as the blacksmith roses, at the Bonavista art gallery in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. So take a visit to the gallery and see what’s new.

Www.bonavistaart.com

Spring is in the air!!

I’ll be out at the Homegrown Spring Market next weekend in Sylvan Lake,Ab

There is a VIP evening on Saturday with special tickets for $10.00  you can get yours at eventbrite.ca , a few will be sold at the door too,checkout their Facebook page for more info and the main day on Sunday April 9th from10-4

Also check out my ‘Iron sunset forge’ Facebook page this week for a chance to win tickets to the VIP evening on Saturday !! More info on the draw soon.

Info about event :

https://www.facebook.com/events/207305326343640??ti=ia

 

 

 

The last few months in the smithy.

The last few months have been busy at the shop.  Over the holidays I had the opportunity to sell my art at the local Christmas market which kept me busy . I also joined a local women’s entrepreneur group which I have enjoyed and learned a lot from in the last two months.  As a late Christmas present I received a propane forge that we bought from a local albertan blacksmith shop ( front step forge). I have to say that it has helped improve productivity and I’ve been able to go out to the shop on even really cold days and get things going. With out a chimney in the shop it made it difficult on really cold days to do anything since I would have to drag my forge outside to smith. Bring only able to smith for a few hours till it was too cold didn’t make for a productive day in the shop or rather out of the shop. Happily I can stay out of the cold weather and wind now and more is getting done. I just have to learn to pace myself since the metal heats up faster then it does in the coal forge, I found that on the first day of full use I did about two days worth in almost five hours . I also found that my hammering arm was not happy with me by the end of the day either.

One of the goals I set for myself was to have my iron work in at least 3 stores this year and I can say I’m off to a good start. The local balloon shop has offered to showcase one of my roses with my cards for people to call me for orders, which is awesome👍 Thank you Balloons Galore in sylvan lake !!  And I also opened up a page at Artfire.com to sell some pieces on.  Feel free to check the new page out and let me know what to think. Under search just put  ironsunsetforge .  I’ve started working on some sets of medieval cutlery and I have almost completed a set of numbers for a local restaurant in lacombe, cilantro and chive. I’ll place pictures on the gallery when they are done.  My other goal this year will be to try and do more blogs about the forge and the cool things I’m up to. Till then have fun striking the iron everyone.