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Cheered on by his assembled friends, family and supporters, local blacksmith Martin Reinhard took to the Boston Pizza in High River on Wednesday night to watch himself seek out some big name investors for his invention on the CBC television show Dragon’s Den.

Pitching his invention, the ‘Quick-Split,’ a tool that when balanced against on a sturdy frame such as a tree or wall, easily fractures wood for kindling. Reinhard drew plenty of praise for his masterful artisan skills from the ‘dragons,’ a collection of wealthy and high profile investors.

Walking away with a lucrative deal focusing on marketing the inventon as a specialty product to the cottage faring crowd, Reinhard chalked up his appearance before the ‘dragons’ as an unforgettable moment.

“It was really was an experience,” said the Stavely-based entrepreneur.

“You never know what to expect when you go in there but once I got in, there’s no way out,” he added with a chuckle.

Reinhard, a master class blacksmith operating out of a shop in Nanton, has sold over 500 ‘Quick-Split’ over the years and proudly boasts of employing an entirely Canadian workforce.

Unwilling to stand behind the clunky product he received when he went offshore with production, Reinhard handcrafts the tool himself and stuck to his guns when appearing on the show.

“I want to employ people in this country,” he said in regards to questions from the ‘dragons’ about shipping production offshore. “I think they sympathized with that.”

However, Reinhard wasn’t the only prime time personality making an appearance in town on Wednesday, as the craftsman brought out the cast iron dragon he constructed for the show to demonstrate the stability of his product.

The elaborately designed dragon might just be his next big project.

“Arlene Dickinson (one of the investors on the show) really liked the dragon and asked me to craft one for her,” he said. “So I made her a dragonette.”

@HRTMVigliotti

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