Welcome to Black Bear
Forge, a small part time blacksmith shop located near Pueblo, Colorado. We
produce custom forged iron
work, standard ironware objects, and accoutrements for period
reenactment. 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
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.
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.
We have been able to keep our prices
down for many years. However we are now at the point with increased
material, fuel and shipping cost that we must raise prices. Overhead has
become high enough that our current prices result in a lower income than most
unskilled labor working at a fast food place. We are sorry to have to
raise prices, but it is the only way we can afford to continue to provide
quality iron work to our customers.
Janet Rivera Switzer