forestART - The Jack Milliken Centre

  • Introduction to Blacksmithing with M. Craig Campbell
  • Forged Sculpture with Sandra Dunn
  • Raising a Copper Bowl with Greg Wilbur

EMMA International Collaboration and Art Auction

About M. Craig Campbell

M. Craig Campbell

Here is what my wife said to me one day:

You create because you have to create. You like the feel of metal, you like the potential in metal. You like simplicity in your designs because the metal itself has something to say. You like the noise, the smells, the fire, and the weight of what you do. You like to open the doors and let people wander in. You like to talk about what you do. You never tire of telling people about the material, techniques, joinery and finishes. You like to teach. You want to learn.

Blacksmithing is my third career: heavy equipment operator, office work and now, artistic blacksmithing. I took up the hammer twenty years ago as an escape from the chains of deskwork and it slowly overtook all else. I enjoy the challenge of one-of-a-kind pieces and exploring a theme via a sculpture series. The most fascinating aspects of blacksmithing are the warm and wonderful people I meet and the endless learning potential. It has allowed me to meet and people from local and far that have enriched my work and my life. Blacksmiths worldwide are a friendly lot and my craft has led me around North America and across oceans to visit, work with and learn from others.

Artistic blacksmithing is a recent art form. Traditional blacksmithing was dying a slow death through the mid 20th Century. In the 1970s a few in the United States sought to preserve and rebirth the craft as an art form. This movement has spread across the globe. With the support of historic museums, arts organizations and dedicated blacksmiths everywhere, this most ancient of crafts has finally arrived.

The future, mine and that of the artist blacksmith, looks very bright indeed.