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ABOUT US

The Company

EXCELLENCE AND PROFESSIONALISM

Trained at the best facilities in the world in both contemporary and traditional methods our able-bodied craftsman create every product with skill and thoughtfulness. From using their skills to make custom tools to solve tricky problems to translating ideas into meaningful pieces of metalwork, our craftsman put their training to good use in creating each product.

HIGH QUALITY HAND CRAFT

 We strive for precision and accuracy in every project which is why every piece is hand crafted by our skilled blacksmiths. The process of forging each piece increases the strength and durability of the product. Thoughtful design and a unique hands on approach allow us to achieve a high quality solution to your every metal need.

CUSTOM AND UNIQUE

We specialize in creating forged metal objects that are custom fit to your needs, location, and wildest ideas. Each piece has a unique feel and look but always preforms its task.

Our Team

Otto Engel

Instructor / Blacksmith

Otto was born and raised in Estes Park, Colorado. He studied welding at Front Range Community College, a degree in Forged Architectural Ironwork at The American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina and attended the Artist Blacksmithing program in Hereford College of Arts in Herefordshire, England where he finished at the top of both his classes. His experience was honed with 5 to 8 month internships during the summers with James Makely at Living Design Studios forging and fabricating architectural details, deSantis metal art creating colorful aluminum sculpture, Ann Vogt Jewery learning the basics of silversmithing, and  with David Norrie at David Norrie Studios designing and forging custom architectural pieces. He used his free time in Charleston to create Blacksmiths dream garage shop with Dakota Myers, while living in England he used breaks in classes to travel by train through 13 countries in Europe with three friends, visiting blacksmithing shops and learning from a wide variety of smiths along the way. Finally landing back in Colorado as an Co-owner and full-time blacksmith at Innovation Forge and instructor at Forge with Intention Blacksmith school. 

Dakota Myers

Instructor / Blacksmith

From the age of fifteen Dakota Myers has been refining his craft all around the globe. He had very humble beginning at his home workshop in Rockleigh, NJ using only the very basic of tools. Within his experimentation Dakota Discovered a fascination for the forming of hot metal. Pursuing this passion, he enrolled in a collegiate program at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC. It was here that he studied the very traditional approach of free hand-forging in the 18th/19th century colonial fashion. Classes were taught by master blacksmith, and colonial Williamsburg demonstrator Richard Guthrie.

Utilizing downtime during summers, Dakota enrolled in several internship programs to bring his knowledge into a modern context. The first one being with famous toolmaker and jeweler, Jakob Faram, in Seattle, Washington. Here, Dakota learned about the emphasis of attention to detail, and the use of modern tool steels in the art of hammer-making. The following internship was at the Center for Metal Arts in Florida, NY with Blacksmiths Patrick Quinn, and Dan Neville. In attending Dakota learned the value of proper shop maintenance and an introduction to the artistic process in forged sculpture.

Diving deeper into the world of using hot metal as an art medium, Dakota enrolled in the Artist Blacksmithing program in Hereford, England, as well as traveling  to other countries visiting workshops all across Europe. Finally, He became an instructor at the David Norrie Blacksmithing School, and Co-owner of Innovation forge!