Editorial and Photography By: Dr. Christopher Cooper
Wrought Iron conjures up many visual interpretations of the Smithy pounding out horse shoes to keep early Canadians on the road. From the dawning of metallurgy the Smith has created everything that made our early ancestor’s lives easier, from a simple nail to hinges to cooking equipment. The true artist in iron and steel created lavish decorative items that embellished the Georgian period, without the Smith the wrought iron that holds together the classical Greek orders would have never happened. Without the Blacksmith the industrial revolution may not have happened. Cast iron ruled the machine age however it was a Smith who most likely cast the first bronze axe head, somebody who understood how to turn simple naturally occurring substances to better the life of human existence. This lifestyle, this way of life, this vocation, was highly revered and many people took up the hammer and anvil thus the plentiful and common surname, of Smith.
My hat off to the Smith, a person that has truly made our lives more practical and much more beautiful.
NEW WORKSHOPS | MARCH | APRIL | MAY 2020
The General Repair and Renovation of an Older House Workshop
Sunday March 15th 2020
The General Repair and renovation of an Older House, from the foundation to the top of the chimney! More Here…
The Wood Window Restoration Workshop
Sunday April 26th, 2020
People complain about their drafty old wood windows, how about the same complaints about replacement windows and have the same complaint after spending thousands of dollars. More Here…
Learn to repair and restore your brick and stone!
Sunday May 24th, 2020
Repointing is the process of removing deteriorating mortar from the joints of a masonry wall (brick or stone) and replacing it with new mortar.
The decision to repoint is usually made to arrest some obvious signs of deterioration such as disintegrating mortar, loose bricks, cracks in mortar joints themselves, damp walls, or damaged interior plaster. More Here…