Montana blacksmith demonstrating at Kootenay Forge

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An example of blacksmith Glenn Gilmore’s work.

The Kootenay Blacksmiths Association is proud to announce that Glenn Gilmore, of Hamilton, Mont., will be demonstrating at the annual spring meeting on May 21 and 22 at Kootenay Forge in Crawford Bay.

Gilmore is an extremely skilled blacksmith, and has been creating artistic ironwork since 1974. He is known for his site-specific architectural metalwork for the interior and exterior of residences, which has earned him commissions for private homes, galleries and stores as far away as France, Italy and Japan.

He will be demonstrating some of the tooling and techniques he uses to create his beautiful work. Gilmore trained with master craftsmen in the U.S.A. and Germany, and is happy to share his wealth of knowledge. He has won a long list of awards, some for his work and some for his teaching skills.

The Kootenay Blacksmiths Association was formed in 1995 by a group of blacksmiths, knifemakers and other creative metalworking craftspeople to share their knowledge of the craft with each other, to bring in demonstrators skilled in specific techniques to teach them, and to encourage young people interested in the craft. The spring event has been running for 16 years.

The weekend event is open to the public. There is a fee of $25 a day. The demonstration will run approximately from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Kootenay Forge’s main shop is located at 16367 Highway 3A, 1.5 km north of the artisan shops in Crawford Bay, 80 km north of Creston. For more information call 250-225-3333.

More information on the Kootenay Blacksmiths Association and Glenn Gilmore can be found at www.kootenay-blacksmiths.ca and www.gilmoremetal.com.

— Kootenay Blacksmiths Association