Desperado Forge

Bozeman, Montana · 47 Sales


Desperado Forge

Bozeman, Montana 47 Sales On Etsy since 2010

0 out of 5 stars

Announcement   At present all items are"made to order", 2-4 weeks to produce and deliver depending on the item as its just me working in my shop and shipping. Thanks for looking.
Eric Dewey


Last updated on May 17, 2016

At present all items are"made to order", 2-4 weeks to produce and deliver depending on the item as its just me working in my shop and shipping. Thanks for looking.
Eric Dewey

Eric Dewey

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Eric Dewey


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Etlog on Jan 16, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

My new knife has such a good feel with its solid heft and weight distribution, and the craftsmanship is superb. I love tools that are both functional and beautiful enough to be on display in my kitchen. I am grateful there are still craftsmen like this making such enduring and timeless objects.

Mary Simmons

Mary Simmons on Nov 27, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

This is truly something that will be able to be passed down from generation to generation for years and years to come. There is no buyer's remorse here that's for sure. Thank YOU !!!!

Anonymous on May 29, 2013

5 out of 5 stars
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My Start and current path in the world of blacksmithing

I was first drawn to blacksmithing in middle school while living in Switzerland. I would walk by a small shop in the city almost every day and peek in to see what the smith was up to. Bit by bit I started collecting tools and learning how to use them. I fumbled around the forge through middle school and high school trying to imitate things I saw around various cities and shops in Europe. My professional experience started by working at a shop in Bozeman. We produced mainly architectural elements, such as railing and fireplace doors in addition to some home décor. After I was exposed to the possibilities that lay within blacksmithing I understood I needed more formal training.
I was fortunate to study under two very accomplished smiths, Mark Aspery and Daniel Miller. I was awarded a scholarship to attend a course at the Penland School of Crafts where Mark taught. He modeled his class after his apprenticeship training in Whales; which was rigorous, structured and very effective.
Daniel Miller, an internationally recognized and accomplished blacksmith contacted me after a visit, with a generous offer of an apprenticeship. After living and working with Daniel at his home and private workspace in North Carolina, I returned to Montana to explore my new skills in my own shop.
Mark and Daniel both have very different styles of working, one very technically based, and one very aesthetically based. Mark opened my eyes to how little I knew about the technical aspects of forging, and how to work your fingers to the bone. Whereas Daniel did his best to school me in literature, the function and place of art in various cultures, and a delicate controlled manner of forging that I never knew was possible. Thus I gained a solid foundation in two very important aspects of any craft. At present I am continually practicing and searching for ways to continue growing within the craft blacksmithing.

I currently operate my shop in Bozeman Montana, I do custom designed and forged work ranging from fire screens, lighting and railing to cabinet hardware and furniture. I am continually humbled and fascinated by the challenges and possibilities that lie within the material and craft.

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  • Eric Dewey

    Owner, Owner/Operator

    Forging is the back bone of blacksmithing. It is a process in which the form, dimension, shape, and texture of steel is altered when the material is heated to a plastic state (typically 1300-1800*F). This is my means to and end and my passion.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 17, 2016
Hello Etsy shopper! Thank you for looking and supporting. All of my products are handmade by me in Bozeman Montana. Please note that no two items are identical, they each carry with them small differences and perfections. After all isn't that what we love about handmade?? I call myself a Blacksmith, in that I work steel in its plastic state, which is around 1300 F - 2000F. Working steel hot, requires a very specific skill set and knowledge of the material, I take pride in my work and everything is guaranteed for a lifetime of use and enjoyment.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I will refund an item if is defected in any way, or i will offer shop credit t equal to the value of the item purchased. If an item is more that two weeks late please let me know and i will contact USPS and compensate appropriately,
I accept Pay pal.
I generally use priority for smaller items, If i don't have an appropriate box laying around typically i make small boxes from recycled cardboard and i use dry hay as a filler, if you heat with wood, you can use it as kindling or compost it! I cannot give a flat price for larger items until i know where they are going.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are always available, in addition to wholesale opportunities, please Email me with any inquiries.