Monthly Archives: February 2016

Patrick McIvor | Back To The Land

Patrick the Blacksmith Blacksmiths has been around for hundreds of years, but have you ever seen anyone forge, bend, and form metal by hand with your own eyes? Neither have I until I met Patrick McIvor. I found this man through other locals while I was staying in the town of Ymir. I was asking […]

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February 18, 2016 - 6:53 pm

Tristan I had the pleasure of learning from Patrick while in Haliburton he’s an amazing smith and a great example of how this craft will stay alive. I learned a lot from him and encourage people to take his example in pursuit of this craft including myself.

February 19, 2016 - 8:58 am

Carter Self taught??? What about going to KSA @ Selkirk College where we were in blacksmithing class together?

Brian Henderson | Back To The Land

Ymir’s most interesting man. I randomly met Brian Henderson through a series of introductions that all started with the wonderful Michelle Colley (previous blog post). After one introduction after another, a domino effect occurred and within 24 hours of arriving in Ymir, I felt as though I already knew half the town. This is how I came to […]

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February 15, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Paul Campeau Great article Jeremy, I grew up in the West Kootenays, Fruitvale to be exact. In the mid 1950’s i & my brothers & friends attended many dances in Ymir, it was a great place then as it is now. Keep up the great work.

Michelle Colley | Back To The Land |

Ymir, British Columbia   With the southern Saskatchewan stories wrapped up and a final blog post on Jim Commodore, I will have more adventures from southern British Columbia and Vancouver Island as I continue to photograph people from small town and remote areas across Canada. If this is your first time reading one of my posts on Back To […]

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February 3, 2016 - 7:04 am

jmeyersforeman HI Jeremy, love reading your stories. It was nice to meet you Saturday at the gallery opening. The portraits you have taken are wondering, they show a connecting with the people you have meet. And they are impressive when printed in large format. I recommend everyone travelling to Banff to head to the Whyte Museum and see them….
take care