My name is Doug Kimmerly and my great grandfather built a blacksmith business forging iron and shaping metal in the town of Dresden Ontario. The picture below is a painting of his shop painted in 1954 by Margaret Marsh.
Frank Kimmerly opened shop in the mid 1890’s, he had learned his trade at Pardonville in South Kent County near Blenheim Ontario 50 miles from Dresden. His son John (one of five boys) started working with his Dad at the age of 14 in 1906 and continued to operate the business until his death in 1954. The building remained vacant until 1965 when it was torn down to make way for the new post office. My Grandfather purchased this painting in 1954 and it hung in my Grandmothers living room until her death in 1989.
As a kid I remember seeing this painting hanging in my Grandmothers living room and being intrigued by the shop and the things that went on in that dark warm place pictured. In 1997 I had a chance to take a course on blacksmithing and immediately became enthralled with the whole process of shaping metal. Since then I have taken many more courses and spent countless hours in the garage trying different techniques and processes to hone my skill at the trade. I still love the process of taking an idea and finding a way to shape it out of iron, I’ve taught other people how to do this and continue to enjoy the trade of blacksmithing.
In 2009 I incorporated the company Kimmerly Blacksmith Ltd. in honour of my great Grandfather, and we are open now toprovide custom metal work for any project that you can imagine.