Foggy Mountain Forge
Foggy Mountain Forge is a blacksmith and metal fabrication shop, studio, and gallery founded in 2008 after Marty Gilbertson and his wife moved from Alberta to the Shirley area of Western Vancouver Island.
Our forge is open to the general public seven days per week by appointment only and acts as a unique stop along the Pacific Marine Circle Route for tourists. For the locals, we provide an essential business that caters to every need.
We have done and accept commission work from all over the world, and in past years we have welcomed upwards of twelve thousand people into our shop and gallery. Besides our studio work, we also take part in many community events and donate a large amount of time, art, and expertise to the local community.
Marty has been working with metal since the age of twelve, growing up on the family ranch on the Canadian prairies. He has been welding and fabricating for over 50 years now in a variety of different industries ranging from pipelines, oilfield work, automotive fabrication, and of course blacksmithing. With decades of metal work comes a plethora of knowledge rarely matched in the industry.
Now, combining ancient metalworking techniques with the best of modern technology, Marty uses his experience and imagination to create some of the most unique metal work in the business today. There is no project too big or too small for Marty as long as he is allowed to use the creative thinking that is vividly apparent in every piece that he creates.