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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 2022 the school has now taken on the form of and industrial heritage classroom at its home in Hawkesbury Ont.

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1855 Hwy 34 Hawkesbury

Our large industrial heritage shop boosts centuries old tooling including a working line shaft powering a drill press and power hammer, while other also incorporating a fly press, coal fire forges and a heritage approach to blacksmithing. This shop is the ultimate traditional blacksmithing experience. With a large variety of beginner courses, come experience traditional forging in this one of a kind classroom environment. 

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What is Blacksmithing

A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects primarily from wrought iron or steel, but sometimes from other metals, by manipulating the metal, using heat and tools to hammer, bend, and cut. While there are many people who work with metal such as farriers, wheelwrights, and armorers, in former times the blacksmith had a general knowledge of how to make and repair many things, from the most complex of weapons and armor to simple things like nails or lengths of chain.

The place where a blacksmith works can be referred to as a smithy, a forge or a blacksmith's shop.

Blacksmithing is hot, dirty and physically demanding. Dust, soot and smoke fill the air and the heat of the forge and metal can be intense.  For thousands of years this venerable trade has fueled society and its many technological advances.

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