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Paul Reimer

Paul was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 25, 1974. At the age of six, his family moved to the picturesque community of Crawford Bay, British Columbia. Growing up surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Kootenay region’s mountains and lakes instilled in Paul, a love of nature that inspires much of his art to this day. At the age of 15, Paul began his blacksmithing apprenticeship at the Kootenay Forge under the mentorship of John Smith. When Paul was 20 years old, he became the head blacksmith at Fort Steele Heritage Town, just outside of Cranbrook, BC. In 2001, at the age of 26, Paul began his own blacksmithing business with six employees. Today, Paul lives with his wife and two children in Cranbrook. Family and community involvement are the most important elements of Paul’s life.

 

Through his early public art projects he was able to facilitate substantial positive changes in the way that people in Cranbrook relate to their community and to each other. He has since, been able to bring that same spirit of community building with public art projects to many other cities. For centuries the blacksmith has been a master of utilitarian sculpture. Kings have called on blacksmiths to build gates and railings and furniture that have outlasted their royal selves by centuries. Today, the craft of the artist-blacksmith remains entrenched in that respected tradition: to create lasting beauty from iron. When it gets red-hot, iron takes on a malleable quality that, can be formed into a limitless variety of shapes and forms. The artist’s creativity flows easily into the red-hot iron and once it cools, you can rest assured that that piece will remain intact for generations.