Sunday, December 28, 2008

visit Ruben Irons' complete website at

Ruben Irons is an artist blacksmith. In the 90s, Ruben trained and apprenticed under master smiths in California, New Hampshire and British Columbia. In 2000, he returned home to the east coast of Canada to become the blacksmith for the ship Hector in Pictou, Nova Scotia. As site smith, he spent seven seasons forging ironwork for the replica ship and demonstrating for the public. In 2007, Ruben launched his own business, forging a range of items from custom railings to fine art sculptures.  He is keeping the ancient craft of blacksmithing alive by using many of the traditional techniques and tools that were originally developed 3,500 years ago. He heats steel to around 2,200 F (1,200 C) in his coal forge and hammers it into new creations.  Ruben is passionate about creating quality hand-forged ironwork by blending traditional techniques with contemporary design. When you purchase a piece of Ruben's ironwork, you are placing value in handmade objects that celebrate human ability and creativity over mass produced industry.