While growing up in California, at the age of 16, I was first introduced to traditional blacksmithing. I signed up to take classes with Krause Duebbert who is a 17th generation blacksmith. It was under his tutelage I learned historical blacksmithing techniques, such as forge welding and knife making. A year later I was introduced to Christian Ritter, an Austrian blacksmith, and had the privilege to audition in order to hopefully sign on as his apprentice. Much to my joy I did a sufficient job. For the next 4 years I learned centuries-old techniques paired with modern technology. Christian was not one to accept subpar work and always expected perfection, and it is this mindset that I maintain to this day. While apprenticing under him we built a wide variety of projects for high end customers in which some were multi-millionaires.
The next blacksmith company I worked under was MG Metalworks, and while employed there we completed projects both nationwide and international. It was here that my knowledge expanded and I learned how to work with bronze, copper, aluminum, and stainless steel. This new skill set allowed me build specialty items such as trellises and wine racks in new materials.
Over the next 11 years I honed in on my skills and designed and built projects for my own customers.
It is my European style of blacksmithing that sets me apart from most other blacksmiths and fabricators. With this custom approach I can design and build any item to yours or your homes needs. I’d be honored to be considered for your home improvement projects and decor.