International Blacksmithing Festival 2011

The Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association is holding an International Forge-in in Monaghan Town in June to create unique sculptures using traditional blacksmithing techniques forged by artist blacksmiths from all around the world.

Over the weekend artist blacksmiths will hand-forge sculptures for the town, using traditional blacksmithing techniques in a contemporary way. On the Sunday, these sculptures will be assembled and exhibited together in the main square in Monaghan. The event will also include lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations and classes which will be given by international master blacksmiths. All are welcome and visiting smiths from around the world will be offered subsidised accommodation in the town. It is planned to have up to four forging stations set up around the town where the sculptures will be hand-forged.

Master Blacksmiths who have confirmed their attendance are:
Tom Joyce (USA), Alexander Sushnikov (Russia), Francisco Gazitua (Chile), Martin Breidenbach (Germany),Takyoshi Komine (Japan), Stephané Chavelier (France), Stephen Lunn (England) and Jim Horrobin (England).

These master blacksmiths have kindly designed individual panels based on the theme of “Knowledge and Learning” and each master will lead a group of blacksmiths in hand forging their panel design which will be fitted to a forged framework structure over the weekend. Apart from the masters, we are expecting artist blacksmiths from England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Austria, Russia, Latvia, Moldavia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, America, Chile and Japan.


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24 to 26 June 2011


Monaghan Town

Opening Hours

The forging stations will be open from 8am until 7pm

Further Information

Eric O'Neill
+353 (0)87 2254880

Participatory aspect

To create unique sculptures for the town using traditional blacksmithing techniques in a contemporary way. There will also be an exhibition of blacksmithing and lectures by master craftsmen from the UK, France and the USA.

Suitability for families

The event would be very suitable for families and the local tourist board and Monaghan CC is planning special trips and activities for visiting smiths and their families.

Public Facilities

All available in the town

Other Info

This is going to be a very large event and we believe that up to 300 smiths may attend gauged from initial interest!

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