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Robb Martin

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Robb Martin

Master Blacksmith, Master Armourer, Sculptor, Instructor

Robb Martin began his career in blacksmithing in 1987 and began in 1989 what is now called Thak Ironworks Inc. With an interest in blacksmithing, medieval armour and sculpture, Robb (or Thak as he is sometimes known) combined these three disciplines into his business early on. These influences have developed into a very distinctive style of metalwork. Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, and sometimes futuristic and fantastical or a combination of all the above. Thak creates high quality forgework which blurs the line between utility and art. “Functional Sculpture”. Robb along with assistant Ryan, enjoy designing and creating a wide array of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for clients worldwide.

Upcoming Events

February 2018

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Feb.8-10

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - February 10 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 4 tickets left
Classes Blacksmithing

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Tool Making February 8 @ 4:00 pm - February 10 @ 4:30 pm This blacksmithing course is well designed to help the beginner develop good basic techniques. We start with lighting and controlling the fire and hammer control. Students have the opportunity to work on both coal and propane forges. Projects incorporate basic forging techniques allowing students to learn while building fire tools they can keep and use on their own forge. These tools include a shovel,…

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March 2018

Repousse and Embossing Armour – Mar 16 & 17

March 16 @ 8:30 am - March 17 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 6 tickets left
Copper Mask

Repousse and Embossing - Making a Copper Face Class Mar 16, 2018 - Mar 17, 2018 Learn the basics of making a copper face from Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK). Students will learn to shape a basic copper face with hand tools. You will learn the basics of working a copper sheet into a basic mask using Repousse and Embossing techniques. You will be provided with all tools and safety equipment required to attend the class. Please wear steel-toe footwear and cotton clothing.…

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Intermediate Blacksmithing – Mar 23-24

March 23 @ 8:30 am - March 24 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 Sold out
Advanced blacksmithing

Intermediate Blacksmithing - Production Tool Making March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018 The ability to make your own tools is perhaps the single most defining advantage of blacksmiths over other ancient crafts. Students will make dyes/jigs for anvil, power hammer and vise to increase productivity and consistency from Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK). Learn how to make blacksmithing tools that you will create and take home. Tools created are used to make intricate work on a production…

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April 2018

Basic Blacksmithing Class – April 12-14

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - April 14 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 9 tickets left
Classes Blacksmithing

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Tool Making April 12 @ 4:00 pm - April 14 @ 4:30 pm This blacksmithing course is well designed to help the beginner develop good basic techniques. We start with lighting and controlling the fire and hammer control. Students have the opportunity to work on both coal and propane forges. Projects incorporate basic forging techniques allowing students to learn while building fire tools they can keep and use on their own forge. These tools include a shovel,…

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Advanced Blacksmithing Door Hardware – April 27 – 28

April 27 @ 8:30 am - April 28 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 6 tickets left
Blacksmithing class

Advanced Blacksmithing Class - Door Hardware April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018 The ability to make your own tools is perhaps the single most defining advantage of blacksmiths over other ancient crafts. Learn to make door hardware ranging from thumb latches, butterfly hinges and strap hinge from Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka - THAK). Learn practical applications to creating blacksmith hardware related to doors. You will create the basics of functional metal art that will open new doors of creation…

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May 2018

Advanced Blacksmithing Fireplace Tools – May 18 – 19

May 18 @ 8:30 am - May 19 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 6 tickets left
Fireplace tools

Advanced Blacksmithing Class - Fireplace Tools May 18, 2018 - May 19, 2018 As with all blacksmithing projects, the possibilities are limitless.  This a great opportunity for people looking to hone their skill with clear guidance from THAK while making a fireplace set they take home. Learn to make a fireplace tool set that will include tongs. poker, shovel and broom with rack from Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka - THAK).   Note:  In this class students will be making a rack…

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July 2018

Gauntlet Making Class – July 6-7

July 6 @ 8:30 am - July 7 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 5 tickets left
gauntlets

Gauntlet Making Class July 6, 2018 - July 7, 2018 Learn how to make a metal gauntlet as part of our armour making classes with Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK). Students will make one Gauntlet from predetermined template patterns, leather and mild steel. You will be provided with all tools and safety equipment required to attend the class. Please wear steel-toe footwear and cotton clothing. You will also be required to sign our waiver before class begins. No…

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Breastplate Making Class – July 13-14

July 13 @ 8:30 am - July 14 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$800 5 tickets left
Greek breastplate

Breastplate Making Class July 13, 2018 - July 14, 2018 Learn how to make a metal breastplate as part of our armour making classes with Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK). Students will learn to make a basic breastplate in mild steel from pre determined templates distributed in class. You will be provided with all tools and safety equipment required to attend the class. Please wear steel-toe footwear and cotton clothing. You will also be required to sign our…

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August 2018

Crusader Sword Smithing Class – Aug 6-10

August 6 @ 8:30 am - August 10 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
$1750 6 tickets left
Sword Making Class

Crusader Sword Smithing Class Aug 6, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Learn to make a fully functional sword with Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK). Students will make a modern Crusader sword from 5160 steel, fully forged & mounted . The aim is to make a fully functional sword. You will be provided with all tools and safety equipment required to attend the class. Please wear steel-toe footwear and cotton clothing. You will also be required to sign our…

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Crusader Sword Sheath Class – Aug 13-15

August 13 @ 8:30 am - August 15 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$500 7 tickets left
Sword Sheath

Crusader Sword Sheath Class Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 Learn to make a scabbard for your Crusader style sword with Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK). Students will make a modern Crusader sheath for any new or old sword wood, copper and leather . This class is most ideal for students who take our Crusader Sword Smithing Class. You will be provided with all tools and safety equipment required to attend the class. Please wear steel-toe footwear…

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September 2018

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Sept. 13-15

September 13 @ 4:00 pm - September 15 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 9 tickets left
Classes Blacksmithing

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Tool Making Sept 13 @ 4:00 pm - Sept 15 @ 4:30 pm This blacksmithing course is well designed to help the beginner develop good basic techniques. We start with lighting and controlling the fire and hammer control. Students have the opportunity to work on both coal and propane forges. Projects incorporate basic forging techniques allowing students to learn while building fire tools they can keep and use on their own forge. These tools include a shovel,…

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October 2018

Basic Axe Smithing Class – Oct 19-20

October 19 @ 8:30 am - October 20 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 6 tickets left
Axe Class

Basic Axe Smithing Class Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018 You will learn from Master Blacksmith, Robb Martin (aka – THAK) Students will forge and heat treat a mono steel axe and drift an opening for a shaped handle made of wood. You will be provided with all tools and safety equipment required to attend the class. Please wear steel-toe footwear and cotton clothing. You will also be required to sign our waiver before class begins. Students are required…

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November 2018

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Nov. 1-3

November 1 @ 4:00 pm - November 3 @ 4:30 pm
THAK Ironworks, 2282 Floradale Road
Floradale, Ontario N0B 1V0 Canada
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$700 9 tickets left
Classes Blacksmithing

Basic Blacksmithing Class – Tool Making Nov. 1 @ 4:00 pm - Nov. 3 @ 4:30 pm This blacksmithing course is well designed to help the beginner develop good basic techniques. We start with lighting and controlling the fire and hammer control. Students have the opportunity to work on both coal and propane forges. Projects incorporate basic forging techniques allowing students to learn while building fire tools they can keep and use on their own forge. These tools include a shovel,…

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