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Why an eastern Ontario blacksmith wants to keep the ancient art alive

Joshua Van Noy of Van's Blacksmithing in Hammond, Ont., is committed to keeping the trade alive — and he told CBC Radio's In Town and Out why.

Joshua Van Noy spoke to CBC's In Town and Out about running a forge in 2017

Joshua Van Noy forges metal inside his blacksmith shop in Hammond, Ont. He recently spoke to CBC Radio's In Town and Out about why he's keeping the ancient practice alive. (CBC)

What's it like to work as a blacksmith in 2017?

The traditional craft is fading into history — but not for one eastern Ontario metalworker.

Joshua Van Noy of Van's Blacksmithing is committed to keeping the trade alive.

"Initially I wanted to be a machinist. So I thought, well, if I'm going to be a machinist, I may as well start where it all started," he told CBC Radio's In Town and Out.

"My personal philosophy with blacksmithing has always been to keep the historical integrity of it."

In Town and Out recently spent the afternoon with Van Noy at his coal fire forge in Hammond, Ont., to find out more about blacksmithing in the 21st century.

Listen along here.