Jim Kehler

Hi from rural Manitoba

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I've been lurking here for a while and thought If I start posting should probably let people know who I am.
I've been at this for thirty years now, ( I'm 49), first as a hobby then in a "historical village", ten years in a railroad blacksmith shop and self-employed since 1999.
Grant's passing really hit me,( I met him once in '90 and he helped me with my hammer back in the days of the "junkyard"), and I thought it will take a LOT of us to fill his shoes and I will try to do my part.

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Cool. I've never been to the one in Steinbach. I'm married to a Mennonite girl and have been to the village in Swift Current. It's not a living village though. More of a museum.

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Hi Danger, it's a 250 lb Bement Miles that came out of the railroad shop I worked at. I've got some photos on my facebook page if you do that sort of thing.

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Hi there Jim.

I'm located just East of Winnipeg. I thought I would just say hi. I'm just starting out so not ready to visit anyone. As much as I would love to. I'll be doing a course during the summer so hopefully I will be doing better next fall.

Its nice to know there are people close by with lots of experience.

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Welcome and Happy New Year,

I'm glad to hear some murmurs from Manitoba. It would be nice if some of you get together, I haven't heard of a group in Manitoba.

Neil Gustafson, Vancouver Island Blacksmith Association viblacksmiths.com

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I'm not sure of the dates but there is supposedly a Hudson Bay Co. Fort with blacksmith shop and at least one blacksmith that does demo's there. I missed it when taking a week long canoe trip with some friends that live in Winnipeg a year or so ago. Didn't find out about it till I got back ......... GGGGGGGGGRRRRRRR. I asked even.

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We have 3 historical sites that have a blacksmith. Lower Fort Garry near Selkirk, the Mennonite Village in Steinbach, and the the Festival du Voyageur each February at Fort Gibraltor in Winnipeg. I don't know who is acting as blacksmith at each if those right now. There may be others I don't know of.

I know of 2 working smiths near me. One does classes each summer and teaches at a historical school in the USA periodically. I will be doing a couple days with him this coming summer and hopefully I can get to the Festival for a day. I know from experience that I can learn the basics on my own but there is no replacing a teacher for taking you to the next level.

i used to watch at smith at the Folk Festival each July. We have a 4 days music festival here each summer and there usually was one or more blacksmiths that would come to sell to the tourists. I spent time watching them work as a teenager. It's been a lot of years since I have done that though. 

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Cool, thank you for that information. I'll have to let my friends know for next time I go up there that we have places for us (me) to visit, heehee.

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Glad you posted the Mennonite thing caught my eye. Grew up Amish then Mennonite. Would love to see that village one day. 

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Figured I may as well chime in here too, I'm also from Manitoba.. just getting started in blacksmithing. Been doing a lot of reading on iforge for a bit now, excellent site!

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