Nuit blanche @ Montréal 2014
Les Forges de Montréal opens its doors to the public during Nuit blanche à Montréal, Saturday March 1st 2014 at 227 Riverside Street, Montreal.
In the splendid backdrop of its historical building the blacksmiths will demonstrate step-by-step the making of the trade axe and the pliers. The audience will have the opportunity to chat with the more than ten craftsmen present.
At the brand-new forge stations you will see, using traditional forging methods:
- Mathieu Collette and two strikers will make a trade axe head, following Collette’s extensive research into the traditional methods crafting this valuable trading currency.
- Romain Francès and Marc Douesnard will be forging flat-nosed pliers
- Lloyd Johnston will be working with Sandra Dunn, Mark Puigmarti and Pierre Bedard on hinges and other hardware.
- Christoph Deringer will be crafting a dagger.
Sculptor Jacob Tolmie will unveil “The Cave Sculptures”, crafted using forge techniques.
The special “Les Forges de Montréal” brew by the Pit Caribou microbrewery will be for sale (7$), as well as Forges clothing and catered food.
Les Forges de Montréal is a non-profit organization founded in 2000. It aims to safeguard the blacksmith’s intangible heritage, which is the knowledge that passes through a craftsman’s hands. The Forges is also a meeting place for artisans to participate in research, demonstrations, training and teaching, so as to preserve and promote the blacksmith’s trade.
About the blacksmiths
Mathieu Collette, founder of les Forges de Montréal, has studied in France. 20 years of experience.
Romain Francès, holds a French Master’s degree in ironworking. 15 years of experience.
Marc Douesnard, is an established blacksmith in Quebec.
Lloyd Johnston is a founder of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association (OABA). He has been teaching for 25 years in Canada and the United States and is a museum consultant. 40 years of experience.
Sandra Dunn teaches at the Haliburton School of the Arts and an OABA member. 20 years of experience.
Mark Puigmarti, OABA member, creates original designs
Pierre Bedard teaches and is very active on the Quebec blacksmithing scene. He is also a locksmith.
Christoph Deringer, master bladesmith, is a founding member of the Canadian Knifemakers Guild, an active member of the l’American Bladesmith Society and recipient of many prizes.