Why an eastern Ontario blacksmith wants to keep the ancient art alive
Joshua Van Noy spoke to CBC's In Town and Out about running a forge in 2017
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.
Blacksmith Joshua Von Noy, keeping the trade alive through classes at his workshop in Hammond east of Ottawa. Hear his story at 8:15am <a href="https://twitter.com/VansBlacksmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VansBlacksmith</a> <a href="https://t.co/I8nbGsobSK">pic.twitter.com/I8nbGsobSK</a>—@InTownAndOut
"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.
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