Forge and Forum 2017

By Cloverdale Forge (other events)

Saturday, June 3 2017 9:30 AM 4:30 PM



In addition to our regular blacksmithing workshops, this June 3rd Cloverdale Forge in partnership with the Manitoba Craft Council will be hosting the second annual Forge and Forum.

Forge and Forum provides information and tips that blacksmiths at any stage of learning can use to improve their skills. This year’s demonstrator is Mark Pearce of Mystic Forge ( 

Mark Pearce started his blacksmithing career in 1983 serving as an apprentice under Rodney Cranwell. He attended Hereford Technical College for general smithing and then went on to Salisbury COSIRA College for wrought iron smiths studying under the tuition of Lawrence Love.

Most of Marks work back in England was restoration blacksmithing on church gates, cathedral railings, etc., including work on the entrance gates of the Sandringham Estate for the Royal family.  The restoration work was challenging and exciting, as he had to copy the original pieces using traditional methods.

After a five-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Mark decided to retire from the game to return to the anvil. He set up his blacksmith shop in Calgary in 1997 and has been forging custom railings, gates, and furniture using traditional blacksmithing techniques ever since. 

Early registration is $60, after May 20th the price increases to $75. The registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Event Schedule: 9:00 till 5:00

Email if you have any additional questions about the event.


Tailgate sales: Please bring along any tools or equipment you would like to sell or trade throughout the day. A dedicated parking area close to the demonstration barn will be available to you to sell your wares.

Safety: We ask that participants wear safety glasses and hearing protection throughout the event.

Seating: We encourage attendees to bring a folding chair to use during the demonstration as seating is limited. 

Youth: Children under the age of 16 are free as long as an accompanied by an adult.

Dress Code: The demonstration is held in a covered yet open sided barn, please dress for prairie weather.

Animals: Although this event is on a farm, please leave your four-legged friends at home.