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Red Cod Forge studio holding an open house
If you are curious to see how a blacksmith hand-forges metal and turns it into art work, a visit to the Red Cod Forge in Nanoose Bay this weekend will provide a great opportunity to see a traditional forge and if you are lucky, win a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.
Dave Kaspric is holding an open house Saturday and Sunday at his blacksmith studio located on his farm in Nanoose Bay.
He will be creating an original sculpture this weekend that people can win.
Kaspric is inviting folks to his studio for a couple of reasons.
He wants people to see his updated studio, which features Pacific Northwest art he has created including, fish, birds and other wildlife from the west coast. His pieces are unique and include creatures from the sea including an octopus he will be turning into a base for a glass coffee table.
His ravens and herons are lifelike but certainly not run of the mill.
“I create them strictly out of my head. I like to focus on nature. Lately I have been making kelp. Every day I forge another part of kelp,” he admitted.
Blacksmiths work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes soft enough to be shaped with hand tools, such as a hammer, anvil and chisel. Heating is accomplished by the use of a forge fueled by propane, natural gas, coal, charcoal, or coke.
Kaspric is a self taught artist who uses ancient blacksmith tools to bend and cut glowing iron into artistic sculptures.
Kaspric admitted he is blessed to be doing what he loves and that is why he also makes an effort to give back
In the past he donated some of the proceeds from his sales to local charities and this weekend he is fundraising for a cause beyond the borders of Canada.
Recently he returned from Chicxulub, Mexico, where he and his wife volunteered with a group that provides a spay and neuter clinic.
Many animal lovers who travel to Mexico are dismayed at the sad state of dogs in that country.
There is no official government-operated Humane Society or SPCA in Mexico and those who are poor consider dogs a nuisance and an extra mouth to feed.
Kaspric said there are far too many starving dogs, particularly in the area of Merida.
“No one takes ownership of female dogs. All dogs get euthanized on the beach at Merida where the wealthy people live … but if a dog has a collar, they won’t touch it.”
That is why Kaspric will be bringing dog collars with him when he returns to the region in November.
He is asking people to bring a dog collar to his open house this weekend and enter a draw for a chance to win a piece of his art work.
He said the collar doesn’t have to be expensive or new.
Affinity Stone Jewellery and Design artist Deb Kasprick will also be donating 10 percent of her jewelry sales over the two day period for the spay and neuter clinic in Mexico.
The open house is June 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2155 Spur Place in Nanoose Bay. Call 250-468-7489 or visit www.redcodgorge.ca.