Connor Hamilton – Thunder Bay Blacksmith and Ironworks Artist
日本漫画天翼鸟之老3d师My ironwork draws a lot of influence from the Celtic and Nordic cultures. My interest in these cultures began with my interest in Celtic music. When I was younger, my father was in a Celtic band and I grew up immersed in the music from Ireland and Scotland. As I got older I started learning about the Celtic culture and fell in love with the history and art of the Celts. The knots of the Celtic and Nordic cultures have been one of my prime influences in drawing and now I can transfer them into metal.
日本漫画天翼鸟之老3d师Another main influence is the Fur Trade. My parents both worked as re-enactors at a historical fur trade post at which Celtic music is often played with pipes and fiddles around the fort. Growing up, my parents brought my sister and I there quite often which led to both of us eventually following in our parent’s footsteps. My father was the blacksmith when he worked there and after a year of building canoes, I decided to see if I was able to try blacksmithing. Even though I really enjoy blacksmithing, there is a part of me that loved the natural aspect of birch bark canoes and I try to add that into my ironwork as much as I can.
日本漫画天翼鸟之老3d师I try to work as traditionally as I can to respect the fur trade side of my influences, but I am also aware that contemporary methods are important to use because they offer more efficient work practices. I feel that combining the historical feeling of traditional work, and the benefits of modern blacksmithing practices will help me to grow as an artist and tradesperson, and that I will be able to draw from each to develop a strong personal style in the future.