FORGE & WELDING
Custer Forge & Welding was established July 1996. The shop offers blacksmithing, bladesmithing, small welding repairs, and education.
The blacksmithing emphasis is on ironwork for the Civil War and mountain men re-enactors. In addition, I fulfill some special requests.
Bladesmithing focuses on fixed blade hunting/fighter type knives using 1084, 1095, O1, 5160, and L6 steels. I also use 1084, 1095, O1, and L6 steels for my Damascus blades.
Living in the country, welding repairs involve welding cracked mower decks, broken farm equipment, trailers, and cutting welded receiver hitches off trucks. I don't do major fabrication jobs from scratch or weld on car bodies.
Education is approached with an open door policy where people can visit the shop, see mini equipment/technique demos, and ask questions. I also teach private lessons on basic blacksmithing and bladesmithing.
Custer Forge & Welding hosts an annual one-day hammer-in on the third Sunday in April at no charge. This is part of my commitment to promote the art of blacksmithing and bladesmithing to any person interested..