Joshsblacksmithshop

Hand Forged Designs

Roseville, California

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Note from shop owner I regret to inform you all that I have moved onto other things, and that the shop will be down for the foreseeable future. I started this Etsy shop as a way to earn money to build a proper workshop. It turned into much more than that with over 100 sales and over 50 glowing 5 star reviews. Been a heck of a journey and maybe one day I will pick it back up again. I appreciate all of your support.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 5, 2019

I regret to inform you all that I have moved onto other things, and that the shop will be down for the foreseeable future. I started this Etsy shop as a way to earn money to build a proper workshop. It turned into much more than that with over 100 sales and over 50 glowing 5 star reviews. Been a heck of a journey and maybe one day I will pick it back up again. I appreciate all of your support.

Joshua Waters

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Joshua Waters

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About Joshsblacksmithshop

Sales 115
On Etsy since 2014

Giving joy to others through my work has become my main focus for this shop.

I started this shop a few years ago, so I could share my work, earn money to improve my workshop, and to gain real world experience. When I first started this shop I lived on an Air Force Base in Maryland with my family, and was working out of our garage. Since then we have moved to sunny, Northern California, and I have been blessed with the workshop of my dreams. When I was a youngster, I was always thinking up new "inventions", and always had some idea, or concept I was contemplating. About 4 years ago that turned into a desire to work with my hands, to create things that were functional, and eventually beatiful as well. It started with woodworking which I did, and still enjoy, but I always had that little itch to work with metal. That wish was fulfilled less than a year later in the form of blacksmithing. As soon as I tried it, I instantly fell in love with it. It's just purely magical to see the red hot metal moving under your hammer. It took awhile, but I eventually got my hands on a real anvil, and built myself a solid fuel forge; and the rest is history! It has been a dream come true for me to be able to do this, and to give joy to others through my work. Interacting with my customers, and making something they will truly cherish has really become my main focus for doing this. I am incredibly blessed to be where I am, and to have learned so much from blacksmithing, from this shop, and from all of the experiences they have given me.

Thanks for checking out my shop! If you want to hear what my customers think of my work, here are a few of their testimonials. Have a great day! Josh

Susan wrote:
"You can't get any better service or product than you can from Joshua! He is completely reliable and talented to boot! So happy with my purchase and my interaction with him! Beautiful work that you can treasure forever!"

Yttrium79 wrote:
"It was wonderful working with Josh. He was very communicative, and made me 2 custom items that I love. Highly recommend him, his work, and his shop."

Nick wrote:
"Awesome seller, fast delivery of a fantastic product. So very pleased. Thanks so much...."

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Shop members

  • Joshua Waters

    Owner, Designer, Creator

Shop policies

Last updated on June 4, 2017

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I stand by the products I sell. If there is ever a problem, or if you are not happy for whatever reason, contact me directly, and I will do my absolute best to make it right. My customers satisfaction is my highest priority.
Shipping
I ship to anywhere inside the US. Processing time is usually 1-2 business days for items that are already made. If you need an item to get to you by a certain date, shoot me a message and I will do my best to accommodate you. I will also personally send you a message when your item goes in the mail so there is no confusion.
Additional policies and FAQs
CARE:
All of my items are finished with oil, applied at heat which absorbs into the pores of the metal. This protects the surface from rust, but will wear off over time with continued use. To care for your hand forged item, rub it down with oil periodically, keep it dry, and avoid drops on hard surfaces like concrete which will ding the surface. If properly cared for, these items could last a lifetime.

FINISHES:
The two types of finishes I use are boiled linseed oil and vegetable oil. The boiled linseed oil finish is my personal favorite and is what the majority of my items are finished with. Both of these oils are applied at heat, which allows the oil to be absorbed into the pores of the metal making it darker, and leaving a satiny finish that's super smooth and protective. The only difference between the two is that the linseed oil has additives in it to help it dry faster. This keeps it from being food safe, but decreases the drying time, and generally makes a better looking, more protective finish. While the vegetable oil does not have these benefits, it still makes a great looking protective finish, that is also food safe for the items that requre it.

MATERIALS:
The two materials I use in my shop at the moment are mild steel and aluminum. Mild steel is another term for low carbon steel. High carbon steel is what knives are made out of so that they can keep an edge. The extra carbon content in high carbon steel makes it less malleable but also stronger and more brittle. Low carbon steel can not be hardened but it is more easily shaped and much cheaper for applications where you don't need high tensile strength. All steel is an alloy made up mainly of iron and carbon, with very small quantities of other things thrown in. Smiths used to use wrought iron, and I'm sure there are some that still do or at least claim to. In this time though with the cheapness and effectiveness of steel, contrasted to the labor intensive process of making wrought iron, the more pure forms of iron have become pretty much extinct. The main benefit of pure wrought iron is that it resists rust much better than steel does (this is why most of my steel items require finishes).
Aluminum is the other material I use on occasion, and it has some really neat properties to it. Some of the coolest are, it's really low melting point, which makes it incredibly easy to shape, and the fact that it doesn't rust or tarnish. This is why the items I make from it don't need a finish. It does however scratch quite easily (since it's very soft), and is generally less durable, and much lighter than steel. It also has a naturally reflective and shiny surface. All in all, it is a very fun material to work with, and is great for things like key chains that don't need to be very strong, but can really benefit from being light.