the mission of les Forges de Montreal

Spread the craft heritage of the blacksmith forge


No substance has been as important as metal in the story of man’s control over his environment.  Advances in agriculture, transport, warfare and even cookery would have been impossible without metal.  So would the entire industrial revolution, from the invention of steam power to electricity.  The blacksmith, at the heart of communities around the world for three thousand years, is now struggling to survive in the face of industrialization, mass production and globalization.

Les Forges de Montréal

In 2000 a non-profit organization was born in Montreal(Canada). Les Forges de Montréal’s mission is to preserve and nurture the intangible cultural heritage (also called ‘living heritage’) of the blacksmith. Housed in a historical building, the organization is mostly run by a group of artisan blacksmiths with a high level of expertise acquired at local, provincial, national, and international levels.  Les Forges oversees events, workshops, demonstrations, volunteer programs, artisanal production, educational video productions, and research and archiving projects. Les Forges de Montreal works at preserving the globally dynamic traditional knowledge, skills and value systems of blacksmiths. It also fosters experimenting, researching, social change, and a culturally rich, ecologically sustainable society.

The mission of Les Forges de Montreal Is to preserve, spread and pass on the artisan heritage of the forge and its trades. The organization contributes significantly to the inventory, the safeguarding, the spreading and the dessemination of the tangible, untangible and property heritages of the forge here and elsewhere, under all of its forms of expression.

Les Forges de Montreal promotes research and development, the conception and sale of products that are the result of heritage know-how in the domain of blacksmithing and artisanal iron and steel metal-working. We want to encourage the emergence of competent and independent artisan/entrepreneur blacksmiths and we also try to bring together artisans working in the different branches of the trades of heritage blacksmithing and metallurgy and other work related to metal and make their work known.

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Forging Tongs Workshop – January 25th-26th, 2020

25 January à 9:00 am - 26 January à 5:00 pm

The Forging Tongs Workshop is at an intermediary level. These tools are the essential instruments of the work of the blacksmith and are specific for each project. Forging tongs is a fundamental step in learning traditional blacksmithing practices. OBJECTIVES Become familiar with calculating the necessary mass to forge iron and steel pieces; Carry out a mechanical assembly using riveting; Develop dexterity in the handling of blacksmithing tools; Master the basic techniques of traditional forging (fullering, upsetting, stretching, slitting, drifting and…

Introduction to Traditional Knifemaking – February 1st-2nd, 2020 – COMPLETE

1 February à 9:00 am - 2 February à 5:00 pm

Discover the traditional techniques of forging by creating your hardened steel knife with a handle on silk. Participants will have the choice of several blade models. Once the knife is finished, they will have the opportunity to order a custom case, made by a leather craftsman collaborator Forges de Montreal. Objectives Become familiar with a blacksmith shop and learn about the rules of work and safety; Learn how to maintain a forge fire, handle tools, and acquire good reflexes of…

Introduction to Traditional Blacksmithing Workshop – February 8th-9th, 2020 – COMPLETE

8 February à 9:00 am - 9 February à 5:00 pm

Several times a month we offer the introduction to traditional blacksmithing workshops by professionals in the trade. Whether you are curious about working with metal or want to perfect a particular technique, our trainers will guide your hammer on the anvil OBJECTIVES To become familiar with a blacksmith’s shop and learn the work and safety rules; Learn to maintain a fire, to handle the tools, and to acquire the proper reflex movements; Experience the traditional forging techniques for iron and…

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