Even in the extreme heat this past weekend, the fires were burning in the forge at the Doc's Town Traditional Blacksmith Shop.

Every Sunday this summer, from 1 to 5 p.m. you can head on over to Doc's Town at Kinetic Park, where you will be able to check out the different goods being forged in the historic blacksmith's shop, which has been operating for over 100 years.

Though of course the men operating it aren't that old themselves. Among them is Stephen Philp. Philp has been helping run the smithy at Doc's Town since 1994 and has had a passion for the art since he was a young man watching his grandfather practice it back in the 1970s.

"Most of the things we do here are decorative blacksmithing, I guess if you want to call it that," said Philp. "Hooks, wall hooks, stake turners, fire pokers, odds and ends."

All the goods they make during the day are for sale. You can watch them heat the iron in the coal forge, and shape it on the anvil the same way it would have been done back when the store was built in 1914.

The story of the shop is a fascinating one. Bill Ball, who emigrated to Canada in 1911 from England, was a blacksmith and a ferrier. One night, some of his friends and neighbours rolled up to his home in their wagon and offered to build him a blacksmith shop if he agreed to help them with odds and ends as well as shoeing their horses. 

"In England, his grandfather and father ran a blacksmith shop," filled in Philp. "So from the time he was knee high to a grasshopper he had been in a blacksmith shop. So he knew that trade."

After the shop was built, it was used continuously until Ball retired in 1958. The shop was dated and obsolete compared to the one that had been built beside it, that Ball's son used. It would sit there for almost 30 years, fully intact with the old tools and forge, before being donated to Doc's Town in 1981.

With shows like 'Forged in Fire', blacksmithing has seen a resurgence in the public eye, and a new generation has the spark of interest for one of the world's oldest trades. For those interested, there is a course still available at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon.

Philp's number one piece of advise for anyone interested in getting started was," Pick up a hammer."