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Mathieu Collette settled his smithy within the NPO Les Forges de Montréal’s facilities.

Charm and dedication

Located in Montréal’s first steam-powered pumping station (circa 1887), Mathieu Collette settled his smithy within the NPO Les Forges de Montréal‘s facilities.

He uses on a regular basis a coal forge as well as a forced-air propane one.

The smithy is also equipped for research : a japanese style zuku-oshi tatara high-furnace, a Wootz furnace, a small french power hammer, a Nazel air hammer, a 50-ton press, and enough tooling to make any boy drool.

Although the equipment is used to build new tools or practice quick tests, Mathieu Collette tries to put himself in a nineteenth century blacksmith’s shoes when he research a given technique, with the hope of giving the created work a character of its own. The labor speaks through the work, or so he believes.