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WELCOME TO THE FORGE

 
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See us in person

 

We will be at the following shows selling our work in person, and in some cases even giving live demonstrations.  We will try and keep the list of upcoming shows as much up to date as possible.  

Dec. 1 - Round Lake Markets Winter Sale, 4 PM to 8 PM, 49 Burlington Ave. Round Lake NY.

May 20 - Saratoga Brewfest, 1 PM to 5PM, Saratoga Race Course 267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 

June 10 and 11 - Capital District Renaissance Festival  

June 24 & 25 - Round Lake Antiques Festival, 9 AM to 5 PM, Round Lake NY

July 15 & 16 - Ninth Annual Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend, 9 AM to 5 PM and 10 AM to 3 PM, Bradt Building and Park, Northville, NY

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OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe that your work defines you.  Every product sold here is made by hand with you, our customers, in mind. We don't want anything to leave out shop that we aren't comfortable having in our own home or shop, and that we aren't comfortable putting our name on.  

Quality means doing the right thing while nobody else is looking
— Henry Ford

  Henry ford said it best.  Quality means doing the right thing while nobody is looking He was right and that's what we believe, but that's also where our similarities end.  Unlike Henry Ford we don't believe in mass producing our work.  We want the products we make to be as special to you as they are to us.  To us quality always comes before quantity.

our story

Colin Roy - The Blacksmith

     Growing up I was no stranger to working with my hands. My father and grandfather taught me basic carpentry skills, and my mother taught me to sew, and to work with clay.  I was always outside and was always obsessed with  trying to build anything that came to mind.  I developed a mindset that handmade was always better, and that I could make anything.  

     As I grew older I joined my high school robotics team.  This gave me access to so much more knowledge and experience than I could never have gotten on my own.  I worked next to a professional machinist for 3 years, learning how to run a mill, lathe, and really any other machine you can think of.  I had never really had any experience working with metal until then.  I was hooked.  I became obsessed with manipulating metal.  After my first year on the team I was still dying to learn more, and so I learned to weld.  A high school teacher of mine started to teach me how to TIG weld so that one day I could weld the aluminum frame for the robot myself.  Whenever he wasn't around I was either watching videos on how to improve, or in the shop practicing.  On my final year on the robotics team I welded the entire robot frame.

     After graduating high school I attended Clarkson University for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.  Between my studies I continued to learn more machining and welding techniques, adamant on always making myself better.  In my third year was when I discovered the art of blacksmithing. I was set on trying it out, and so while still in school I built a propane forge, and found some scrap metal to bring home with me to use as an anvil.  When I first started to hammer on a piece of hot metal I felt like I had found what I was destined to do.  Upon completing college I spent every spare moment I had watching videos and reading articles on the various properties of steel.  I bought a real anvil with the money I had saved from working every summer and began to make all the tools I needed.  

     My parents were always encouraging me to push my limits, and last year my mother and I decided to go in on this website together.  I had started out in my parents garage, but after I was out of college I moved into my friends garage, which was much larger and had higher ceilings, where I was able to continue to expand.  It was at this time that I began to experiment with making Damascus steel and making more and more knives.  My father is a chef, and I grew up working in the back of a kitchen as a cook.  Because of this the idea of making kitchen knives came to me.  At that time I joined the American Blade-smith Society, and plan on giving Bob Kramer a run for his money.  After a year in my friends garage I moved one more time to a barn on a small farm where I am working from now.  To date I have been a blacksmith for 4 years, and with your patronage, a dying art can flourish once again. 


Rachel Garrison - The Potter

   As an undergraduate student I began working in clay in New Hampshire in 1976. My attraction to clay centered on the qualities of the basic elements found in ourselves and our world, that being earth, air, fire and water. I continued with the 3-D direction to receive a B.A. in Fine Art from SUNY Plattsburgh in Jewelry, Ceramics and Art History.  My interest in the creational aspect of these elements and how things evolve, I developed a career in Medical Illustration as I earned a M.A. from Cal. State U. at Long Beach.

    Upon returning to the east coast, my interest in cycles and patterns of nature was reinforced as a scientific illustrator at the NYS Geological Survey.  The exploration of repeating patterns and cycles from the microcosm to the macrocosm found in our natural world later pulled me back into clay. The two seemingly unrelated areas brought me full circle as I worked with organic patterns on clay surfaces as a graduate students in Art Education.

   I consider the marriage of art and science a very realistic one and continue to delight in the discovery of learning and creating. I feel very blessed to have the ability to teach Ceramics at our high school, thus giving me the opportunity to pass on the ancient knowledge and traditions of creating clay art work. The energy of learning and creating also gives students the understanding that we are combining time honored skills in all fields of study.  

   Each piece of my work is one of a kind; no two are exactly alike. I use different types of firings to suit the idea of the forms. My current work focuses on utilitarian pieces for the home as well as organically inspired decorative pieces and urns.