Raina & Ruben, the talent behind R&R Handmade are passionately contributing to a new economy - one that celebrates creative expression, hand skills, quality and regeneration of the earth. Through this, they create useful and beautiful pieces to enliven your day-to-day flow.
Ruben is the blacksmith behind all the hammering of hot steel. With over 20 years of experience and a passion for forging, he's really good at it. His work is physically demanding and his process is loud and dirty; he wouldn't have it any other way.
Raina works with Ruben to fine-tune and create new designs. She is also the photographer behind the scenes and she processes and ships orders. Her studio is across the driveway from the blacksmith shop with a magical view of our evolving permaculture food forest and blueberry fields with the occasional passing fox.
Ruben and Raina met as deckhands on a tall ship bound for Antarctica, returned to Canadian soil after their high sea adventure and began weaving together a life and family deep in the woods of Nova Scotia. They flow between parenting, homesteading and creating in our studio and forge.