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Demchuk Blacksmith Shop - Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada by Adrian Paul

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Built: 1927 Restored to: 1929

John Demchuk had been trained as a blacksmith in Galicia before he immigrated to Canada at the turn of the century. Even while he farmed in the Lake Eliza district, people came to him to shoe horses, sharpen tools and repair farm implements and machinery. The demand for his skills was so great that he moved to the town of Myrnam and began smithing full-time. The shop was considered advanced for its time, for Mr. Demchuk had partially mechanized it by adapting a Model T car engine as a power source for his tools. (Source – The Ukrainian Heritage Village Guided Tour)


Camera – Nikon N80 SLR; Film – Kodak Reala 100 ISO

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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 5 years ago

    You’ve certainly been around and have a wonderful collection of photos to show for it. Was this taken as a digital or scanned from a neg or tranny?

  • I think I’ve opened up a Pandora’s box, Peter. I have hundreds of photos of Canada, the USA, NZ and Australia taken on a couple of different SLR’s over a period of some seven years from 1999 through to when I bought my first digital SLR in 2006. All photos are scanned from the negatives. Hmm, you’ve got me – what’s a tranny?



    – Adrian Paul

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 5 years ago

    Sorry mate – that’s a bit of photographers’ slang for transparency, or slide! LOL

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulover 5 years ago

    Ah ha! I see the light. I was wondering how on earth you could take a picture with a transistor radio. LOL. Actually I do have slides gojng back to the early 1960’s, so I’ll have to dig them up one day too.

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Love this one Adrian, and well documentation for an interesting read as well, great work friend

  • Thank you once more,Larry. I am enjoying my involvement in the CH & PS group and appreciate your comments.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature artist status in the CH&PS group…way to go

  • Thank you for featuring this work in the CH & PS group.

    – Adrian Paul

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    Please consider adding this to Historic Places

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