Mike is a full-time dad and a part-time blacksmith who found smithing when he wanted to fall in love with work that didn't take him away from home as often as his previous career as a wilderness guide. It worked.
Smithing fits in nicely with Mike's favorite hobby, drinking beer. He's forged hundreds of bottle openers, ranging from stoicly utilitarian to intricately beautiful. Mike has mastered the art of opening a bottle of beer.
Mike teaches half-day and full-day artistic blacksmithing, accepts commissions, designs some of our most beautiful products, and takes the gorgeous product photos on our site.
When you close your eyes and picture a blacksmith, you're probably already seeing Matt Danielson. Matt's a bear of a blacksmith who makes our biggest anvil look small.
Matt's a sharer. He takes the forge on the road for demonstrations at festivals, conferences, even corporate events. He opens the shop every Tuesday night for basic forging classes. He usually has a handful of apprentices.
Matt is also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, where he can often be seen towering over people on the field, wearing 80 pounds of armor and swinging a two-handed great sword. Matt is the master of the local SCA blacksmiths guild and quite a few reenactors get their first experience with medieval blacksmithing from Matt.