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Megan began blacksmithing in 2010 when she discovered the Artist Blacksmithing program at Haliburton School of The Arts. Since then it has been a path of learning and exploration into the medium. The largest learning curve she has been faced with is transforming her love of blacksmithing into a business. This has been a constant challenge that has required Megan to continue her education as a blacksmith and designer almost every day. In North America where the tradition of apprenticeship is not strong, Megan has had to seek out her teachers. Spending time visiting and working in other smith's shops, attending demonstrations and workshops is always a great source of inspiration, providing the fuel to carry on a new path or to try a new technique. With this mindset of continued education, Megan's interests in blacksmithing vary greatly, from sculptural forms featuring traditional joinery to fine functional tools. The exploration is endless.
An interest in metalworking began for Mike in high school when he discovered the manufacturing technology and welding class. After understanding the modern ways of metal fabrication he chose to reach back to the roots of metal working and explore traditional joinery and natural finishes. He draws his inspiration from the early ironwork of blacksmiths, who have created similar objects many years ago by using the same tools and techniques that Mike uses today. Mike currently enjoys practicing locksmithing, fascinated with the tiny craftsmanship of hand made locks. He has been collecting old locks to study and remake these tiny and complicated functional pieces. Mike has also been collecting old hand tools that would have been made by a blacksmith. Studying their size, dimension and clues of how they were made he has been reproducing these old tools.
After their studies at Haliburton School of The Arts Mike Armstrong and Megan Carter combined their skills and efforts to become Armstrong and Carter Ironworks. In January 2012 they opened their own shop in Georgetown, Ontario.