Goose Creek Forge
Blacksmithing; Metal sculpture
Kevin Kratz's studio, Goose Creek Forge, is located on a small meandering creek in a valley just below Mount Sentinel. It is here that Kevin spends time quietly watching and listening and collecting. Nature fuels Kevin's metal creations of idealized flora and fauna. Kevin has been a practising blacksmith for more than 20 years; his forge is a repurposed Doukhobor planer mill from the 1920s.
Kevin teaches blacksmithing at Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College. He and James Karthein are two-time winners of the Castlegar Sculpture Walk's People's Choice Award. Kevin developed his metalworking skills by working in his father's tool and die-making shop in Toronto, studying blacksmithing at KSA, as well as Haliburton School of the Arts at Sir Sanford Fleming Colllege, and by subcontracting for Kootenay Forge.
Kevin's studio shares the same small plot of land as Yvonne Vanens Munro's studio, and during the Tour, Kevin and Yvonne will be joined by several other artists and craftspeople. Kevin will be giving demonstrations. Refreshments and small snacks will be available.
Venue type: A (I am an artist at my own studio.)
Wheelchair accessible? No (Accessible meaning doors at least 32" wide, no threshold more than 1" high and no stairs or an elevator/lift available.)
Business hours outside of the Culture Tour are: By appointment only
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