Enjoy some pictures of my creations I’ve forged. I don’t take pictures of everything I make (that would be a job unto itself!), but I do try and get some shots of things that are a bit different or items that are above and beyond normal quality. Also there’s pictures of custom work I’ve done.
For the everyday stuff that I forge and sell you can see those items in the shop.
Everything you see is hand forged. No two items are identical. Similar yes, but never identical as hand forging isn’t a precise process but that’s what makes everything unique and one of a kind.
Just some quick terminology explanations for things you’ll see below.
Chamfer – When the edges of an object are hammered so they aren’t so square. This usually products a clean angled line.
Mild Steel – This is common steel used for a wide variety of things from construction to welding to of course blacksmithing. Unless noted otherwise, all items I forge are of mild steel.
Volute – This is when something curls into itself. You’ll most often see them below on the ends of things like hooks and handles.
Home & Decoration
I have a variety of bottle openers I made. It’s one of my favorite items to forge, which is obvious by how many designs I create.
Various Styles Collection
This shows some of the keychain bottle openers I can forge, a unique style at the top, and a can tab opener (the flat piece).
Made of 3/8″ mild steel and measures 3 1/2″ long.
Thin Twist Opener
This was just a fun opener to make. It’s 6 3/4″ long and 3/16″ thick.
I really like the design of this and it looks great in a bar, if you’re fortunate enough to have one that is.
Sidewinder Bottle Opener with Volute End
Made of steel that’s 1″ wide and 1/4″ thick. The length is just over 4″.
This is one of my favorite openers I’ve made. It has classic elements with some flair.
Church Key Opener
This is a more traditional bottle opener using 1″ wide stock that’s 1/4″ thick. The length is about 4″. The chiseled details add a nice touch.
It’s a classic look that’s timeless.
This was a project that got away from me. I didn’t intend to make this so large but I miscalculated and ended up with this so I ran with it.
The opener measures 6″ long, 1″ wide, and is 1/4″ thick.
This was a happy little accident. I turned the mistake into the first heart bottle opener I’ve made.
This one is available in the store.
These cabinet handles were part of a custom order where 22 were needed. The customer wanted simple and they needed to fit a standard 3″ hole distance for 18 of them and a 3 1/2″ distance for 4 of the handles.
The customer wanted each handle to be unique. So instead of bending these all with a jig to get a nice uniform look, each handle was done entirely by hand. Also the feet (where the screw goes) you’ll notice aren’t perfectly uniform either. I didn’t aim for perfect on these to accomplish that distinct look with each handle.
Here’s some before and after shots from cheap store bought handles to solid steel hand-forged handles.
J Hooks (Coat Hooks)
I have a lot of different styles of J hooks, which are most often used as coat hooks. Many of them are minor differences from one to the next.
Railroad Spike Double Hook
Forged from railroad spikes these double hooks are rugged and fun.
While most of us communicate digitally, there’s just something classic about a nice letter opener.
A bit on the long side but that allows for a nice decorative twist. The approximate length is 8″.
This was a custom letter opener forged for a client who would be using it on a daily basis.
Fire & Grill Tools
The fire pokers all measure approximately 29″ long and are made of 3/8″ mild steel. The handles are sized perfectly for your hand and the tips measure approximately 5″ in length for moving your fire wood.
Reverse Twist Fire Poker & Ash Shovel
This set was done for an order. The client wanted the handle on the ash shovel sideways to be able to hang it on the wall.
Leaf Wrapped Fire Poker
I had run out of my usual stock and needed a fire poker for a craft fair and this was what I came up with – a leaf wrapped handle with a rope twist.
A Civil War reenactor commissioned me to make him a Colonial style spatula. He also wanted a reverse twist on there. While it’s not a traditional Colonial spatula it’s definitely in the style – just with more flare.
Home Decor & Decorative Items
In this section you’ll find various items to decorate your house or simply decorative items for anything you’d like.
The sizes vary greatly on these decorative hearts. Some are as much as 5″ tall and others as small as 2″.
You can find the classic decorative heart in the store.
Admittedly this was forged as a plant hanger. However, the customer decided to use it to hang a lantern from and I think it looks great!
Shelving Brackets with Twisted Cross Section
These brackets are for 8″ shelves and are made of 3/4″ wide, 1/4″ thick mild steel. With the cross section, which isn’t just for decoration, these will hold up to a lot of weight.
Each cross section is fastened with a traditional blacksmith rivet so it’s not only functional but decorative.
Shelving Brackets with Volute
These are made for an 8″ shelf and are made of 3/4″ wide, 3/16″ thick mild steel.
The brackets have a simple classic design that would look good in any room.
Gardening & Outdoors
All the fun things you need to enjoy the outside!
I made this for my wife from a railroad spike.
I forged this for a local Civil War reenactor. I made 8 hooks and 2 stakes. The customer added a 2″x2″ piece of wood between the two stakes and added the hooks to it. I think it looks amazing all done and setup.
Quadruple Ridge Pole Hanger
I have some ridge pole hangers in the shop, but this customer wanted a quadruple one (2 hooks per-side). This is for another Civil War reenactor so you can see it all setup in his tent.