Harmony Forge features the fine ironwork of Ward Brinegar, founder of Harmony Forge. I have been pursuing the art of blacksmithing since 1975. Dedication to fine craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and excellent service to the client have been the hallmarks of my work from the beginning.
I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, in 1974 with a B.A. in English. In 1975 I attended the Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing in Santa Fe. In 1976 I served a brief apprenticeship with Joe Pehoski at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska. I replaced Joe as the resident blacksmith there in the fall of 1976 and served in that position until 1989. I also had the opportunity to be able to spend time learning from the late Francis Whitaker. In 1989 I returned to Santa Fe and opened Harmony Forge, enjoying the mountains, climate and robust building market here. I learned a great deal from partnerships with Bob Bigelow and Jim Pepperl, and have been fortunate to have several fine employees, some of whom have gone on to start blacksmithing businesses of their own. In the summer of 2001, I moved to the Dancing Anvil Ranch, 15 miles south of Santa Fe, where I am blessed to live and work surrounded by the beauty of central New Mexico.
I now work with the assistance of my son, Sam. Sam is a 2000 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. He had worked with me during some of his college summers. Following his graduation from Trinity, Sam worked for 20 months for the blacksmiths of Utopia Forge in Guildford, Surrey, England.
Our work is principally residential, and we're known for the wide variety of projects we've completed and for our unique solutions to challenging problems. We can provide design services or work from your drawings. Since 1999, I have been doing my drawing on the computer with Autocad LT. A selection of drawings is included in the gallery.
Please take a few minutes to enjoy the photographs in our gallery. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Ward Brinegar.