Our Smithy team includes everybody from well-seasoned pros to enthusiastic apprentices.
Ryan Church: The grandson of The Smithy founder, Ted Church, Ryan learned metalwork at the side of his father and grandfather. Ryan has been working in the family business for as long as he can remember, starting with summers while he was in school. In 2000, he formally joined the business, and after his father passed away in 2001, Ryan took ownership along with his late sister, Cathy. Today, Ryan and his long-time friend and colleague Chris Hodgkinson are partners in The Smithy.
Chris (Fur) Hodgkinson: Prior to joining The Smithy team in 2005, Chris worked in the restaurant industry, but came to realize it wasn’t giving him what he was looking for. When a family member pointed out an ad for a position at The Smithy, Chris took a chance, and the rest, as they say, is history. Now a full partner in the business, Chris is a skilled and experienced metalworker. Chris is also the District Fire Chief for Fire Station 3 (Bala), and has been serving as a firefighter for over 17 years.
Gary: The Smithy’s longest-serving employee and a peerless metalworker, name has been part of The Smithy team for over 55 years, and he’s still setting the bar for the rest of us. A firefighter for Muskoka Lakes Fire for 50 years, Gary recently retired at the rank of Captain.