Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (November 10, 2014) – The Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association (CBBA) has opened registration for the 10th Canadian National Blacksmithing Conference, CanIRON X. The event is happening July 2nd – 5th, 2015 in the historic village of Baddeck, Nova Scotia; Canadian home to legendary inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Event organizers are hoping the spirit of innovation inherent in Bell’s work in Baddeck will stoke the imagination and ambitions of the hundreds of participants who will be travelling from across Canada and abroad to attend the blacksmith gathering.
Prolific and acclaimed metal sculptor Albert Paley of Rochester, NY, will be giving a two-day lecture on design during the conference, while a line-up of prominent blacksmiths from the U.S., Canada, and Europe demonstrate and teach techniques and methods of forging metal.
“This event is not just for people who are practicing blacksmiths,” says CBBA president, Grant Haverstock. “It will inspire artists and designers of all media, anyone with an involvement or interest in metal, and those who are totally unfamiliar with the craft,” says Haverstock.
“We are designing a CanIRON event that will be exciting for anyone who walks through the gate” says Haverstock. “Artists will be showcasing pieces of ironwork in a gallery showcase, there will be a youth-led component for young smiths, a vendors section, great musical entertainment and plenty of forging. This is all, of course, in addition to the outstanding headlining blacksmith demonstrations and lectures we have arranged.”
The four-day CanIRON X event will also celebrate the blacksmithing craft as part of Canada’s Craft Year in 2015 and the International Year of Light.
For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://canironx.ca/.