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John De Boer Photo

John De Boer Photo

Stephen White and Sandra Dunn hammer some hot metal.

Two Smiths are better than one

By John De Boer
For the Kitchener Post

Stephen White and Sandra Dunn are metal-working artists who have been working together for the past 13 years. They are partners in a business called Two Smiths, located in a shop in Kitchener.

Stephen is a master coppersmith who apprenticed in England. Over the past 40 years, he has also become an expert welder and tool maker. In this photo, he is planishing a copper bowl — smoothing and shaping the metal with a hammer.

Sandra is a blacksmith who began pounding hot steel 18 years ago at the Forge and Anvil in St. Jacobs. Here, she’s shaping a square bar into furniture hardware for a customer.

Both Stephen and Sandra have taught at the Haliburton School of the Arts and also offer short courses here in Kitchener. They both belong to the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.

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John De Boer lives in Kitchener and enjoys daytripping off the beaten path.

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