Ottawa Firefighter Mark Tedeschini turned Blacksmith: Forging a creative space of healing and hope

Updated: Apr 26


Watch Video - Playing With Fire: A Blacksmith’s Story

By: Joel Haslam


CTV News Ottawa Multi-Skilled Journalist

Published March 25, 2022 6:49 p.m. EDT


Retired Ottawa firefighter Mark Tedeschini now works as a Blacksmith at his studio 1215 Metalworks in Kemptville. He watches a piece of steel heat up in his propane forge. (Joel Haslam/CTV News Ottawa)


KEMPTVILLE, ONT. -

Mark Tedeschini is a retired Ottawa firefighter who is fanning the flames of creativity.

"A couple of years before I retired, I found this place and I really fell in love with it, especially the barn," said the 60-year-old.


"And I’ve been banging on the anvil for the better part of ten years now, or more."

He was on the job with the Ottawa Fire Service for 30 years. He called it his dream career.

"It’s all I ever really wanted to do since I was six-years-old. My neighbours were firemen. I loved firetrucks, the coats, I was in love with it. And as soon as I got out of high school, I applied."


“Now, I’m playing with fire, instead of putting it out,” he laughed.


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