People always ask how did you become a blacksmith. Did you apprentice for someone? Was your father in the trade? Have you seen “Forged In Fire”? As far as I can find no one related to me was involved with forging or metalwork in any way. Although it feels at times like there was some prior knowledge somehow.
Yellow hot metal...focus...controlled violent blows...more heat...repeat again and again. Result...metal transformed with energy and passion.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I was born and raised in Toronto.
Although I never studied art in any formal setting I always had an interest to make things and observe how things were made and work.
In 1993 by trial and error I began to experiment with blacksmithing techniques and is ongoing.
At this time in my journey I’m exploring the effect of forging standard metal profiles to exploit the sometimes awkward result. My design inspiration really comes from working with the material and having a deep understanding of what it will do and how it will react to different techniques in order to challenge that outcome.
Working with metal offers me many exciting challenges. Through the forging process metal is formed, squeezed and textured at a bright yellow heat using tools as fingers...there is a window of opportunity to achieve what you aim to do before the metal cools and will resist. When the metal is too cold to work it is frozen in a new form with enticing hints of how it came to be.
READ MORE ABOUT MARK'S WORK
A number of our Uxbridge Studio Tour studio and sponsor locations have picnic tables available for you to enjoy. Here is this year's list of picnic table locations to help you plan your weekend.
A number of studios and sponsors on the Uxbridge Studio Tour are wheelchair accessible. We have created a helpful map so that you can plan your weekend quickly and easily.
Blacksmith Mark Puigmarti has been a valued and respected part of the Uxbridge Studio Tour for many years. Each fall we're thrilled to see what he has hammered out in his Sparks Will Fly Forge. Here Mark shares a little about himself and his bashful inner artist voice.