Vancouver Blacksmith Fabricator 

Restorations & Repairs of Heirlooms & Heritage Items

By Appointment Only
Call or text Donald Dawson at 604-910-6427



North Vancouver Museum & Archives Float Plane Restoration




Blacksmith Training At Client Facility

Conservation, Preservation, Fabrication and Teaching 

I am a Vancouver blacksmith fabricator who cares about the preservation and restoration of your precious items. Quality machines, devices and family heirlooms, heritage items that may only need a part to restore or repair them. Anything that means something to you.

Getting rid of our throwaway society is a key value of mine, and maybe yours too. Just because something breaks or breaks down doesn’t mean it has to go to the trash.

As a blacksmith fabricator who is also an Electrical Engineering Technician, I build things for practical purposes. A boat’s centre console, a chocolatier’s gang saw, a decorative and removable front door security gate. Or an all-weather housing unit for the motor of a computer-controlled and air-powered weaving machine. And even a scallop-shaped paver for an outdoor pathway.

Or…the restoration of a sea plane for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives or a tall ship – all thanks to the wonderful people at Kerrisdale’s Magic Box Hobbies.

So many valuable items break unintentionally or stop functioning over time. A solidly built 40-year old wood planer needs a small part to restore it to working condition; the cost of a new one is prohibitive. A poorly mounted bronze sculpture of a cormorant crashes to the floor. A cat’s tail sweeps your glass fish ornament to the ground, an elbow grazes your model Viking boat, grandmother’s candlestick snaps from metal fatigue and mother’s 1904 doll is in parts.

If you’re wondering how a Vancouver blacksmith fabricator can do such a variety of things, I invite you to read about my extensive training as a maker and Electric Engineering Technician here.

Whatever design or problem you bring, our collaboration, personal relationship, and attention to details are of utmost importance.

Blacksmith Training

Does your staff need a refresher course on blacksmithing, welding and fabricating?  I taught at UBC for 22 years and have designed courses for industry. For more information, click here.

Do you have a project you’d like help with? Even if you are a beginner, you will have fun learning. Call me.

Thought Partner for Your Projects

After a lifetime of experience with metallurgy, welding, fabricating and there are often alternative ways of designing and building that may be more economical than you think. Problem-solving is something I am good at and enjoy.

Send me your pictures and designs – and let’s talk.

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