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Village Blacksmith Inc. is the forge and shop facility of artist-blacksmith Ken Roby. Widely recognized for his hand-forged ironwork, Ken's shop is a well-equipped and versatile blacksmith shop offering a wide variety of custom metalwork. Village Blacksmith Inc. is known for its architectural ironwork such as gates, railings, and balconies. Custom furniture, hardware, fireplace screens, lamps and a wide variety of miscellaneous and restorative works are produced as well.

Approach:

Blacksmith Ken Roby and his assistants produce a variety of both large and small custom ironwork pieces. The interest is in the art of the blacksmith, so almost everything continues to be made by hand and is signed and dated. Very few store-bought components are used in Ken's work. Most work is produced using both traditional methods of blacksmithing and joinery as well as more modern techniques. While concentrating on traditional hand forgework and the skills of the blacksmith, Village Blacksmith Inc. also embraces modern equipment and technologies to accomplish the goals of a given project. Ken's shop is regarded as one of the best equipped shops around.

General work:

While most work revolves around decorative, sculptural, and architectural ironwork, Village Blacksmith Inc. also provides a variety of general welding, fabricating and repair services. Because of the versatility of the blacksmith shop, Village Blacksmith is well suited to many unusual projects with repairs and fabrications ranging from jewelry to bulldozers to airplanes. This type of work often includes restoration work on existing ironwork and antiques.

Designing work:

Since Ken's work does not rely on pre-manufactured ornamental iron components, you are really only limited by your imagination when it comes to designing your project (Well yes, there are building codes and budgets, and there is always the basic law of gravity). Often a design or general idea may be presented by an architect or designer, but most commonly people will have an idea from a magazine or picture, or will get an idea from the portfolio. A sketch on the back of a napkin can suffice. This is your ironwork, so you are encouraged to do much of your own legwork when it comes to design, even if it is just looking at pictures to see what you like: No one knows better than you what you like.