Black Bear Forge

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John Switzer

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John Switzer


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About BlackBearForge

Sales 1,679
On Etsy since 2011

We are a small family run blacksmith shop in Beulah, Colorado

When I started blacksmithing in 1987 it was with the idea of making my own traditional woodworking tools. Since then I have found that most of my work has been for the mountain man rendezvous crowd. My true love in the shop is still the creation of unique, high quality one of a kind tools and custom hardware items.

Besides blacksmithing my wife, Janet and I are involved in a long term log home building project. The new shop will be just a short walk from the house. This is all in addition to my full time job as a firefighter for the city of Aurora, Colorado.

Shop members

  • John Switzer

    Owner, Maker, Blacksmith

    I started blacksmithing in 1984 with the goal of making my own woodworking tools. Since then I have been specializing in items for reenactors and small hardware items. My goal is still the making of quality one of a kind tools

Production partners

  • CampRobber

    Beulah, CO

    Designed by my Wife Janet, her work is available her on Etsy under the name CampRobber

  • Sticker Mule

    New York, NY

    Sticker Mule is the fastest and easiest way to buy custom stickers. We offer free online proofs, free worldwide shipping and 4 day turnaround. With print runs starting at $49, we aim to be the Internet's favorite sticker printing service.

  • Zamar screen printing

    Hudson, CO

    Screen printing for tee shirts and other promotional products

Shop policies

Last updated on January 27, 2021
Thank you for visiting Black Bear Forge.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
We will offer a refund for any item that does not meet your expectations so long as it is returned in the same condition it was shipped in. However we would appreciate the opportunity to replace or correct the item for you if possible.
You must request a return with 14 day of receiving your order and ship the item back withing 30 days
We accept payment through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. We are happy to take a check or money order through the mail. When paying by check, please allow time for your check to clear prior to shipping.

For custom orders we require a minimum of 1/3 down with the balance due prior to shipping. Depending on the size of the order an intermeadiate payment may also be required as the work progresses.
We are a small part time shop. Please allow 2 -3 days handling time for items that are in stock. Allow 1 - 2 weeks for made to order items.
Shipping is generally through USPS for smaller items and UPS for larger items.
Additional policies and FAQs
Running the blacksmith shop is a part time job for us. I have a full time job that takes me away from the shop for a day or two at a time. Please be patient and we will do our best to get your item out to you as soon as possible.