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Founded in 2007

Vans School of Blacksmithing (formerly Vans Blacksmithing) was founded by Josh Van Noy Master Blacksmith , as a general service blacksmith shop in eastern Ontario that was reimagined in 2015 as a school for trades education. While always striving to keep the heritage aspect of the trade alive, the school focuses on bringing in beginners and gearing all of its courses to create an inclusive environment regardless of skill. The school started in its heritage shop in Hammond with 1 forge and quickly grew to 6+. In 2021 the school has now taken on a 2nd location in Ottawa to create more opportunities for learning and accessibility.

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1855 Hwy 34 Hawkesbury

This large industrial heritage shop boosts centuries old tooling including a working line shaft powering a drill press and power hammer, coal fire forges and a heritage approach to blacksmithing. This shop is the ultimate traditional blacksmithing experience. With a laundry list of different courses, come experience traditional forging in this one of a kind class room environment.


26 Ceasar Ave. Ottawa

This shop  is blacksmithing in the 21st Century while still having the flavor of heritage. Along with hammers and anvils it boosts a propane forge, induction forge, and a 12 ton press to help increase refinement with beginning knife makers.  This classroom focuses on knife making and knife design solely to bring focus and refinement to your knife.

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