Paul Reimer was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 25, 1974. At the age of six, his family moved to the picturesque community of Crawford Bay, British Columbia. Growing up surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Kootenay region’s mountains and lakes instilled in Paul, a love of nature that inspires much of his art to this day.
At the age of 15, Paul began his blacksmithing apprenticeship at the Kootenay Forge under the mentorship of John Smith. When Paul was 20 years old, he became the head blacksmith at Fort Steele Heritage Town, just outside of Cranbrook, BC. In 2001, at the age of 26, Paul began his own blacksmithing business with six employees.
Today, Paul lives with his wife and two children in Cranbrook. Family and community involvement are the most important elements of Paul’s life. Through his early public art projects, he was able to facilitate substantial positive changes in the way that people in Cranbrook relate to their community and to each other. He has since, been able to bring that same spirit of community building with public art projects to many other cities.
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