René Petitjean, artist and instructor at the artist blacksmith program to Fleming College Haliburton School of Art and Design, He said he has seen a growing interest in the smithy.

“There is a great demand for blacksmithing,” he said. “We started in 1999 with a single class and now we have doubled it.”

He said television shows about forging and a growing market for handmade products have made the trade more popular.

“I love his looks and his story,” Petitjean said. “So there are a lot of people who do things for the house. I do architectural things. We have a teacher who is a sculptor and we had a teacher who was a maker of swords. “

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She added that more women are also learning the trade and that 30 percent of her class this year are women.

John Ducker, a graduate of the artist blacksmith certificate program, said he received the week-long course as a gift for his 50th birthday and has been hooked ever since, enrolling in the full-time certificate program afterward.

“I took a leave of absence from my job and came back for the fall program,” Ducker said. “I’ve kept up with it ever since.”

A former highway service technician said he took up blacksmithing as an exciting project and retirement plan.

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“When I quit my full-time job, I became a full-time artist and brought blacksmithing into that,” Ducker said. “It is so nice and rewarding to see the finished product and how it looks when people see your products.”

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For more information about the blacksmith artist course, you can visit the Fleming College Haliburton School of Art and Design website.

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