ValleySmithey

Valley Smithey Iron Works LLC

Middleburg, Pennsylvania | 10 Sales

ValleySmithey

Valley Smithey Iron Works LLC

Middleburg, Pennsylvania 10 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars (1)
Mike Reinard

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Mike Reinard

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History can be definded in two words they are His story

Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country on his family farm is the Valley Smithey Ironworks. Founded in 1993 by Michael Reinard. Mike spent years going to living history events from a very young age. This allowed him to meet many talented blacksmiths. These blacksmiths along with his interest in 18th century history is what quickly fueled his desire to become a blacksmith. Over the next 25 years Mike's shop quickly grew. His first big opportunity came at a local amusement park located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, where he ran their blacksmith shop. In 2004, Mike left the park to set out on his own. At this time, he also began employment at a living history museum in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He brought his large amount of knowledge and experience to educate hundreds of children and tourists about blacksmithing. Mike continues to share his knowledge with many different apprentices who work alongside him on a regular basis. Including his three sons Dylan, Noah and Isaac. Mike has also worked rigorously under several master blacksmiths himself. In 2016 Mike was selected for the Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts. This is an honor bestowed on a handful of artisans who are concerted to be some of the best traditional craftsman working today.
Today Mike’s type of work can vary from traditional 18th century reproductions to more modern work. Some of the more modern types of work that is offered are welding, steel fabrication, CNC plasma and laser cutting services. Recently the demand for high quality blacksmith tools has caused Mike to enter into the tool market. We are now producing a line of swage (pronounced swedge) blocks. Mike’s work can be found all over the world from the streets of Williamsburg, VA to as far away as Australia.
Throughout a year Mike and his family will take his craft on the road to fairs and living history events. You can expect to find some of the his most popular items for sale at these events. When the Valley Smithey is on the road traveling to and from these events just look for the “smithey on wheels”. It was Mikes vision to take an old car trailer and turn it into a tiny shop made to resemble an 18th century cabin. The siding is made of white pine and the roof is shingled with cedar shakes. Everything is held together by hand forged nails that Mike has made himself
Mike’s passion for history is no secret. He has often said everyone should study the past as history will often repeat its self. Mike likes to point out he is a great example of this. Then when his grandmother gave him a place to set up his first shop on the family farm. Little did he know at that very moment history was repeating itself. Years later his mother had completed her research into the history of the farm. It turns out that a story she was told when she was young about a blacksmith working and living on the farm was true. She even had county records to show Mr. Simon Weller owned and worked on the farm in the 1860’s as a blacksmith. Growing up Mike could never explain why he had a desire for blacksmithing like he did. When his mother went over family history records on both sides dating back to the 1700s. she found several blacksmiths. Without any idea of these things at 12 years old Mike found out history had repeated though him.

Forging into the Future!

Mike and his family at the Valley Smithey believe in taking the time to do things right the first time. Everyone knows Mike has an attention to details!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will do our best to help you!

Shop members

  • Cherokee

    Shop Security, Customer Greeter

    Cherokee welcomes everyone to the smithey. She has the ability to find any hidden mints or carrots in your pockets.

Local

Find ValleySmithey at the following upcoming market!

  • Fort Fedrick Market Fair
    Fort Frederick State Park
    11100 Fort Frederick Rd
    BIG POOL, MD

    Apr 25–28

    One of the largest and best 18th century market fairs.

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