O'Keefe Ranch is proud to host our resident blacksmith, Patrick McIvor of Dancing Scot Forge. Patrick has studied with master blacksmiths all over the world, and he's taught hundreds of students right here at O'Keefe Ranch. He is also a co-organizer of the annual blacksmithing competition, Sound of the Forge, in Lake Country BC.
Whether a piece is for a client or my personal expression, I strive to share my joy, wonder, and the way I see the world. When designing a piece I give consideration to its function, location, codes or liabilities, and do a quality job that will endure the test of time. When working with clients, I like to visit their home to gain insight into their style and values. I ask questions and generate ideas with them to personalize the design, giving the piece priceless value. My work is environmentally and socially conscious, and I strive to connect people to core values and ask questions to provoke thought about global issues.
Learning blacksmithing basics at O'Keefe Ranch:
March 16 - Intro to Blacksmithing
March 17 - Hot Punch and Drift
March 23 - Youth Class: Hook Making
March 28-31 - Four-day Viking Seax course
April 13 - Intro to Blacksmithing
April 14 - Decorative Hinges
April 27-28 - Two-day Camp Axe course
Open forge at O'Keefe Ranch:
Open forging, forge spot rental, first come first serve, $20/hr minimum booking of 2 hours.
Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-9pm
Saturdays 10-6 on weekends with no classes