sparks will fly forge…

What seems like lifetimes ago I was refrigeration and HVAC mechanic. Working on commercial

industrial gizmos that kept things or people warm or cold, while usually experiencing the polar

opposite temperature of whatever it was I was trying to rectify. It was a respectable trade that

many men and some women make a respectable living by. However, as much as I tried to

make the piping arrangements visually pleasing, orderly, and followable. Along with the mazes

of mind melting control wiring colourful, and eye drawing, it was never quite clicking with my

persistent dream to follow a more artistic path. One day about half way into a 25 year run at

HVACR, I made it my mission to try and change what seemed truly unchangeable. Slowly with


a long list of coincidences, happy accidents and a $#!+load of sacrifices, particularly by my

supportive wife Chris, positive results started to accumulate in the intended direction. Although

it did indeed take 10 years of this incremental progression to end up at the beginning of a new

and completely unrecognizable life and style. It is not lost on me to grasp the sheer

improbability to do that mid-career, in that career, or any for that matter. That cord was cut 13 years ago now.     Mark Puigmarti

published in…

  • Ironwork Today – Inside & Out, By Dona Z. Meilach
  • Ironwork Today 4 – Inside & Out, By Catherine Mallette 
  • Anvil’s Ring – Spring 2006 issue


  • “Steven and Chris Show” on CBC – “Handmade” segment Dec 9, 2008.