Hand-forged decorative and ornamental wrought iron

Black Bear Forge

Hand-forged custom iron from the blacksmith shop

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Black Bear Forge

Black Bear Forge

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 product.

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 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.  However due to high demand early this year, a current wait of 8 - 12 weeks is expected.  

For items that are completed and ready to ship, please visit my Etsy shop 

Please 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.

John Switzer
Janet Rivera Switzer
  Site last updated on: 10/12/2017