About Axe & Anvil
Traditional Ironwork with timeless beauty, reliable function, and classic style
Axe & Anvil Hand Works produces both reproduction and contemporary ironwork using very traditional blacksmithing methods and tools- with little help from modern power equipment. The choice to keep things simple and old-school wasn’t easy- but it was made in order to contribute to the preservation of rare skills and methods. Limiting ourselves to technology that has been used for centuries to produce functional and beautiful ironwork actually results in great freedom in the craft- forcing us to develop higher levels of personal skill that result in extraordinary quality, character, authenticity, and style in the work. We are always learning, and while some tasks are a constant challenge, it has also been a pleasant surprise to discover the levels of speed and efficiency that can be obtained with enough practice.
We use traditional forges that combine coal and forced air to produce an extremely hot and efficient fire that superheats the metal to a soft, workable condition in a surprisingly short amount if time. Most shaping of the metal is done on the anvil with various hand hammers, sledge hammers, and handled forming tools that are placed on the work and struck with a hammer. A lot of time is also spent at the bench and vise, filing, fitting, and cold-hammering to achieve a quality fit & finish.