Richard Bourdreau is a native of Cape Breton Island., where he uses metal to preserve nature and create new and unusual objects d’art. Self-taught, he has developed the ability to give fluid shapes to solid metal. In 2009 he had the opportunity to volunteer as a blacksmith for the Isle Madame Historical Society in Arichat. This relationship inspired Richard to create Ruff Metalworks in 2016. Richard continues his relationship with the Isle Madame Historical Society. He utilizes their 17th century forge at LeNoir Landing for part of the creative process. Richard’s pieces are made with a mix of ancient and modern technology. Richard lives in Arichat with his wife, Arlene, courthouse cat Justice, and schnoodle, Mimi.