The WCBG is committed to furthering the awareness and understanding of blacksmithing to the public.
The Western Canadian Blacksmiths’ Guild represents hobbyists and professional blacksmiths in Alberta and western Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan WCBG Chapter has its own website at:
The Edmonton region is represented by the “Founding Chapter”, which meets on the second Saturday of the month (February through December). Meetings are held at the Alberta Heritage Exposition Park located 6 km west of Leduc. (see map on next page). Usually around a dozen or so members show up at about 10:30 or 11 AM at the Blacksmith’s Shop. The shop represents a typical 1940’s era blacksmith’s shop.
Members will have use of the anvils, forges and coal at the Leduc shop on our meeting days. Members are also encouraged to participate in the demonstrations during some of the events held by the Leduc West Antique Society. Members have access to our library of blacksmithing-related books. A WCBG membership application form is available here:
Most people associate blacksmithing with shoeing horses. This is generally done by a farrier, who uses blacksmithing techniques to shape horseshoes. Although some members may be involved in this profession, we usually make decorative items or tools.
Some members prefer to use traditional techniques, while others incorporate these techniques in conjunction with modern welding and fabricating work.
Some of the specialized areas that use blacksmithing techniques to varying degrees are:
• Knife making (bladesmith)
• Sculptural work
• Tool making
• Architectural iron work
• Horse shoeing (farrier)
• Historical ironwork
Members can use the anvils and coal forges at the shop, and generally make their own tongs, punches and miscellaneous tools. Try Home Hardware for a cross-peen hammer. (A wooden handle is preferred.) Princess Auto carries leather aprons, gloves and safety glasses. Safety glasses must be worn in the shop at all times.
Come to our meeting, and members will be able to provide recommendations on buying used equipment and where to buy smithing coal.
At Leduc we use the traditional coal forge, however, in the city, many people use a propane forge. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Site updated July 26, 2012-DDS
Aspects of Blacksmithing
Two events at the end of September:
Metal Art Show and Sale, Reynolds Museum - Wetaskiwin, Alberta
September 29 & 30, 2012
Alberta Metal Enthusiast Network
3rd Annual Showing of 1st Class Stuff
Saturday September 29, 2012 at Humpty's Family Restaurant
Location: 4503 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton, Alberta
Home shop machining and metal work: heat engines, knives, armour, machine tools etc
New Supplier: Canadian Knifemaker Supply Ltd
If you are looking for 2 x 72 inch belt grinder abrasives, or all sorts of other interesting knife making supplies, check out their website. They are located in Sundre, Alberta.