My pieces are produced in the traditional methods of blacksmiths: by coal-fired forge and on the anvil under a hammer. The materials I use are primarily discarded iron and steels from abandoned farmsteads and antiquated industries of the upper Ottawa Valley. Whenever possible I allow most of my pieces to retain telltale signs of their origins. Each of my creations is 'one-of-a-kind' with a past and story of its own long before it found its way into my forge and under my hammer.
Come and feel the heat! I'll be forging small giveaway pieces hourly both days of the tour. It's a fantastic opportunity to gain insight and appreciation for this ancient art.
Derek of Gnarly Burl Studio and I have collaborated on two art pieces so please visit us and enter our free draw for one of these at our studio.
Note: Our farmstead studio & gallery are comfortable rain or shine with indoor viewing areas, washroom facilities, clean water and picnic tables. This year we'll be offering BBQ style lunch and refreshments for those interested (donation basis) so please come and enjoy the atmosphere at their leisure. More info on my website. www.mikedesrochers.com
First Robin of Spring
Steak Flippers and Oyster Shuckers
New Life for an Old Handsaw
Carved Trenching Shovel
Bottle and glasses holder
Trebleclef Candle Sconce