Welcome to Black Bear
Forge We have operated for many years as a small part time blacksmith shop
As of October 2014 we are now working full time. We
produce custom forged iron
work, standard ironware objects, and accoutrements for period
reenactment, hardware and hand forged tools. The items shown on our website are merely a tiny sample of what can be formed between the hammer and anvil. After all, the
blacksmith is often considered to be "the original inventor".
Favoring traditional blacksmithing techniques,
we work primarily by hand with modern mild steel. This type of work is
commonly referred to as wrought iron; however, wrought iron more correctly describes
a softer type of iron used over a hundred years ago. Real wrought iron however is no
longer manufactured in any quantity.
In most cases the use of mild steel results in a higher-quality, longer-lasting
We have just added a new section to
the website featuring hand crafted waxed canvas tool
rolls to protect your valuable tools. Or you can see them on Janets Etsy
While we offer "stock"
items this simply means they are a standard pattern that we reproduce for a set
price. It does not imply that the items are in stock and ready to
ship. All of our work is made to order and is not sitting on a shelf in a
warehouse. This means that your items will take longer to reach you but
you will be getting a one-of-a-kind item. Typically you should expect 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
If you need it in a hurry it doesn't hurt to ask, sometimes we can accommodate
take a moment to watch Forging a Strap Hinge part one on YouTube
Call or email us to discuss your special
project or if you have any questions about blacksmithing in general. We welcome the opportunity to help.
Janet Rivera Switzer