Les Forges de Montréal is a guardian of knowledge in the field of blacksmithing and artisanal steelmaking.
After spending 4 years in France as an apprentice to master blacksmiths, Mathieu Collette returned to Québec with the idea of founding Les Forges de Montréal, with the help of his father, Pierre Collette. Mathieu wanted to perpetuate this disappearing trade by creating a blacksmithing school and a place to preserve intangible heritage. Father and son completely restored and rehabilitated the old Riverside Pumping Station and in 2000, the organization was founded. Les Forges de Montréal contributes to the advancement and transmission of knowledge in this field, as well as to the development of current blacksmithing arts and practices.
Les Forges de Montréal will take you on a journey back to the heart of the development of our modern society. Meet Matthieu, who is passionate about the forge and will teach you about the importance it held at the heart of a village or community. Learn about the processes involved in creating an iron tool, or even try it out yourself. Workshops are offered for those who love discovering and trying new things!
After a visit rich in learning, you will have the opportunity to spend some time in the Forge's shop. There you will find not only small practical and decorative objects, but also sturdy and long-lasting tools that might come in handy in any of your current or future projects.