KoolmanForge

Traditional and Contemporary Hand Forged Products

Sooke, British Columbia 68 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (17)

KoolmanForge

Traditional and Contemporary Hand Forged Products

Sooke, British Columbia | 68 Sales

KoolmanForge is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner We're closing down the shop for a few months while we build our house, thanks for a great year so far and check back with us after summer for some great new products!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 06 Jul, 2019

We're closing down the shop for a few months while we build our house, thanks for a great year so far and check back with us after summer for some great new products!

Jake Koolman

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Jake Koolman

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About KoolmanForge

Sales 68
On Etsy since 2016

Koolman Forge - Contemporary designs realized by traditional techniques.

Koolman Forge is based on southern Vancouver Island and opened for business in early 2016.
We produce forged metal work, both for our expanding range of products as well as unique custom designed projects. Working primarily in mild steel, we also use copper, bronze, brass, and aluminum. In addition we produce tools in high carbon and alloy steels.

The founder of Koolman Forge, Jake Koolman is an artist blacksmith who trained in the UK. He has returned home to start his own business after working abroad.

Smithing or forging is the process of heating metal, often steel and forming it to the desired shape. Our products are mostly worked with hand hammers and tools over the anvil. Some of our larger pieces are forged using pneumatic or hydraulic versions of the hand tools, but there is no automation in our workshop. Our making relies on the skills of the smith, their training, knowledge and concentration.

Traditional techniques and time honored knowledge form the foundation of our process, which we then apply to contemporary designs. This, coupled with some of the most hard wearing and versatile materials available, allow us to create beautiful and long lasting pieces for you to enjoy.

Shop members

  • Jake Koolman

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Jake Koolman is an artist blacksmith. He trained in the UK studying both technical and artist blacksmithing. Awarded the Certificate of Competence by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, he has also won several live forging competitions.

  • Jess Elwell

    Designer, Creator

    Jess is an artist and a teacher. She studied fine art in the UK, where she developed her love for working with metal. After completing her degree Jess went on to do an MSc in Special Needs Education whist continuing her work as an artist.

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