Upcoming Events

2024 ~ Spring Conference!!!


September 9 & 10 2023 ~ Grand Forks Fall Fair!!!

Bob McTavish (senior member), Josephine Koyich (novice member – 9th only) & Leif Morris (junior member)

August 2023 ~ New Facebook Page:

Kootenay Blacksmiths’ Association

August 2023 ~ New Facebook Members Group:

Boundary Blacksmiths

2023 Kootenay Blacksmith Association Spring Conference

The 2023 spring conference will include the association’s Annual General Meeting.

Click here for the registration form.
Please print and fill out before arriving on Saturday to speed up registration.

Main Event

Forge your own axe with Patrick McIvor of Dancing Scot Forge. Patrick is an accomplished blacksmith who has taught many classes on axe making.

What to Bring

Your Own Chair(s), Coffee Cup(s), Auction Item(s) (optional)

A Bag Lunch, BBQ Meats & Drinks for Saturday Dinner

Hammer and Tongs for Hands-on Axe Making (Be sure to identify your tools)

Be sure to bring eye protection if you plan to participate in the axe making!


Bob McTavish’s shop at 1771 68th Ave in Grand Forks, BC.


May 27 and 28, 2023



10 am: Registration

10:30 am to noon: Axe Making with Patrick McIvor – bring eye and ear protection!

Noon to 1pm: Lunch (bring your own)

1 pm – 4 pm: More axe making with Mr. McIvor

4 pm – 5 pm: Annual General Meeting

5 pm or so: BBQ (bring food to grill; KBA will provide condiments, salad and the grill to cook on)

Auction: live auction after dinner


9am to noon: finish up axe making

Where to Stay in Grand Forks

Bob McTavish has graciously offered space for RVs or camping. Please email Bob at 1bobmct-at-gmail-dot-com to let him know if you plan to stay on his property.


Night Inn Motel
(250) 442-8218
Single $ 89.27 (Tax Included)
Double $118.65 (Tax Included)

Grand Forks Inn
(259) 442-2127
Single $129
Double $139

Western Traveller Inn – get a $10 discount on rates by mentioning you are part of the KBA
(250) 442-5566
Single $125
Double $135 (2 beds)
Queen $145 (2 beds)
King $135

Email tnt_austin@shaw.ca with any questions.