The Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce is reporting continued success at its weekly Artisan and Farmer's Market at Keogh Park in Tottenham.
The Market hosted 15 vendors on Sunday, July 25, with ten of those being new to the weekly event.
Jason Duclos, a local artisan in Tottenham brought a collection of items he made in his backyard forge.
Jason takes raw metal and turns it into knives, tools, decorative home additions, and even jewelry.
The result is masterfully crafted items that are not only beautiful, they will stand the test of time.
“It's artist blacksmithing,” Jason said of what he does. “I started about ten years ago with custom knives and recently over the past two or three years I started branching out to the more traditional blacksmithing stuff – like door pulls – and I started doing jewelry.”
He uses a variety of techniques to create the items – all done on his anvil after the metal is heated up to around 1,500 degrees F.
One of his specialties is a Kiridashi, a traditional Japanese utility knife. They are uniquely designed and made to be extremely sharp.
Using a variety of tools and hammers to shape the metal, he selects a different hammer depending on how he needs to shape an object. He provides visitors with a demonstration of how he shapes each piece.
When called for, he hand polishes an item so it gleams like a mirror.
Jason started making jewelry and he is creating some very unique and attractive pieces.
He takes copper and creates a design, then finishes the pieces with a variety of methods to create different colours. Each piece is unique and unlike every other pendant in the collection.
For the home, he makes solid items like door handles that are crafted with a real air of sophistication.
He got his start in blacksmithing just as a hobby.
“I needed something to keep me busy. I've always had an interest in knives, and I needed a hobby. It's more of an obsession at this point.”
The result is finely crafted works of art forged from metal and fire and shaped by the talented artist.
The Tottenham Artisan and Farmer's Market is open every Sunday through the summer from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times