Traditional Blacksmithing ● Modern Metalworks ● Manitoba Based
Ethan Radstrom began his career as a farrier 18 years ago while touring with Cheval Theatre, an equine circus show that traveled the U.S. for two years. During this tour he had the opportunity to work with some of the foremost horseshoers in that country. It was while learning the horseshoeing trade that he gained an introduction to forge work and blacksmithing. This apprenticeship period culminated in being hired by the renowned horse show Cavalia as their first farrier in 2003. In 2004 he left Cavalia and pursued an opportunity to further study the farrier trade in Belgium, where he attended l’Ecole National de Marechalerie (the National Blacksmithing School.) He returned to Canada in 2006 and began his farrier business, Prairie Hammer Horseshoeing, which he continues to this day.
Prairie Hammer Metalworks grew from his love of blacksmithing and his desire to apply his skills to endeavours other than shoeing horses. The chance arose when he began helping a friend on a few small metalworking projects. Others took notice of his work and he was asked to design and build window grates on a new business that was opening in Winnipeg’s north end. More jobs soon followed and Prairie Hammer Metalworks is now approaching three years as an independent metalworks shop.
Ethan Radstrom embraces traditional blacksmithing methods alongside modern metalworking techniques. He lets the past inform his work while looking forward to new possibilities. He also believes in culling his materials from recycled sources and repurposing them in the fabrication process. And he especially enjoys working with people on customized designs.