Upcoming Events

2019 Kootenay Blacksmith Association Spring Conference

The event will be held on June 8 & 9, 2019 at Doug Newell’s new shop located in Canyon, BC.


Saturday: Tim Peel-Wickstrom, Magrath, AB
Sunday: Doug Newell, Canyon, BC


9 – 12: Recycled Material for Tool Making Discussion & Demo: Forging a Hori-Hori (Japanese Garden Knife)
12 – 1: Lunch – Bring your own (Brown Bag It) or pick up sandwiches at the Canyon Store
1 – 4:30: Hands-on Workshop: Forge your own Garden Trowel (materials provided)

4:30 – 5: Clean Shop
5 – 6: KBA Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers
6 – 7: Dinner – Pizza, Salad & Dessert, by the Fire
7 and later: Auction – Featuring the Iron Horse Challenge

9 – 12: Demo/Hands-on: Making a One Brick Forge
12-12:30: Clean Shop

What to Bring

  • Your own Chair(s) & Coffee Mug(s) (no other seating available)
  • Auction Item(s) & Iron Horse Challenge Piece(s)
  • Bring your own drinks for Lunch & Dinner
  • KBA will supply coffee, tea, water, muffins & fruit

The Iron Horse Challenge Auction Items

Participants in the conference are encouraged to create a piece for the auction Saturday evening. The theme is railroad spikes and horseshoes, but any forged item is accepted.

The auction helps to raise funds for the Kootenay Blacksmith Association.

How to Sign Up

Download this PDF application, fill it out and bring it to the conference Saturday morning. Payment by cash or cheque is accepted.

Directions to the conference are included in the PDF application.