The Forge

Willow Creek Forge Gallery presents the work of one of the finest blacksmiths in Canada and abroad, Alberta’s own Martin Reinhard, a journeyman Master Blacksmith – trained in Switzerland, with over 40 years continuous experience.

Willow Creek Forge Gallery was named 1999 C.G.T.A. SPECIALTY RETAILER of the YEAR.  The studio houses a wonderful selection of hand forged iron including architectural hardware, garden sculptures, corporate gifts, chandeliers, candle holders, lamps, door handles and more.  There are no boundaries to what we can do.

In addition, Martin was invited to present his MR QuickSplit on the ‘Dragon’s Den‘ (CBC Television Series), and made a deal with the tycoons, gaining a wider audience for his work and increased interest in his products.


Martin J Reinhard, Master Blacksmith, completed his training in Switzerland before emigrating to Canada in 1976.  Martin also holds his Alberta Journeyman Steel Fabricator certification since 1988.  He has extensive experience in many  fields, from custom work in high end homes to restoration work at the Banff Springs Hotel, from museums to movie sets,  – and throughout has continued to create functional and artistic hand forged items, many commissioned by famous and well known celebrities, politicians and respected businessmen for their homes, offices, and ranches.  Martin has offered classes at the request of many interested individuals who share his love of this timeless art.

Experience the heat and the elements of Blacksmithing the traditional way on the forge, and learn the correct use of the hammers, tongs and other tools. Learn some of the history of blacksmithing, and how metals react to heat, cooling, and stress.  Each student will learn fundamentals: basic forging, twisting, splitting, forge welding, how to manage a coal forge fire, and using a gas forge.

Supplies are provided, unless you have a specific project for which you will provide the appropriate material (please clear with Martin prior to class start).

Classes run 9am to 5pm for two days with a lunch break.  Please plan to arrive early (8:30 am).  You can bring a lunch, or there is a Subway within walking distance, and several restaurants.  Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be provided at the shop.

You are responsible for supplying your own safety goggles, boots, long sleeve shirt and non-flammable clothing, and gloves.

Cost is on the description of each class.  A deposit of half the fee is due with your application, payable by cash, debit, MC and Visa.  The balance is due prior to the start of the course.  Gift Ceritficates are available.  On arrival at the shop, students must sign a waiver of liability.

If you prefer a weekday class, please contact us and we will work around your preference.  Private groups are welcome!  Ladies are welcome in any class.  The age limit for participants is sixteen and over (minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult).

There is a motel available at group rates, in Nanton:  the Ranchland Inn, 403-549-646-2933   – please mention that you are with the Blacksmith Class.  There are also several newer hotels in High River, 15 min away:  The Ramada Inn 403-603-3183 and the Super 8   403-652-4448.  Nanton also has a very nice campground within short walking or driving distance of the shop.

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Tool Sharpening: repointing, sharpening and tempering jackhammer (concrete breaker) bits and masonry points and chisels. Also axes, crow bars, asphalt cutters, picks, digging bars and spades.


Movie Sets

Can develop period pieces with an authentic look and feel. Martin’s work has been featured in a few blockbuster movies. Inquire about your custom professional set needs. Currently, you might recognize his wildlife lamps on the Heartland set, in Ty & Amy’s bedroom!