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The Village Blacksmith is nestled in the heart of Gloucester, Virginia's Historic Courthouse Village, the oldest living village in Virginia!
WHAT IS BLACKSMITHING ?
Blacksmithing is the process of forming and shaping metal with hammer and anvil.
It's true. It's old world. And it's beautiful.
The process of blacksmithing has not changed much over the centuries. Since the beginning, the art of blacksmithing – taking something seemingly unmovable and manipulating it as if it were clay – has been a durable craft and art with products that will last through the ages. Despite working with material that is, literally, as strong as iron, the functional and ornamental possibilities of blacksmithing is limited only by ones imagination, knowledge, and skill.
WHO IS THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH?
My name is George Cramer, I am the Village Blacksmith of Gloucester, VA.
Working with metal is something I began at an early age at my father’s New York-based refuse company. It was there, before the age of 14, that I was first exposed to welding and metal fabrication. It was not long before I became interested in the origins of metal work - how, and who, would think about fusing metals together with an electric arc?
My curiosity led me to Blacksmithing, I wanted to learn as much as I could about the art of working with metal. I began taking classes in blacksmithing and bladesmithing and have never stopped. I have had a true privilege and honor to have trained under world recognized master blacksmiths, bladesmiths and artisans.
This was the beginning of my passion and career in blacksmithing, hand-forging knives, and crafting ornamental iron. Behind me I have about 15 years Blacksmithing experience, backed by over 20 years total combined combined experience in welding, fabrication, repair, custom metal work and artistic metal design.
I am honored to continue this centuries old craft and art form in the heart of Gloucester, VA
ABOUT OUR CUSTOM WORK ,OUR SERVICES, OUR ART
Our focus is to bring old world craftsmanship back to the local community and with it the appreciation of the above. Made by hand, made in America, made with pride.
We offer a never ending array of products and services, including just a few of the following:
- Blacksmithing (Traditional & Modern)
- Welding & Fabrication
- Training & Classes in Blacksmithing & Welding
- Hand forged ornamental iron: art hardware, reproductions, repair
- Restoration, re-purposing, up-cycling and salvage projects
- Custom metal signs and fabricated art
- Product Development, Prototyping & Merchandising
- Home Decor, Furnishings, Functional and Multi-Use Decor
Let us know if we can help you bring your project to life.
It used to be in this country, the product spoke for itself, where quality and durability were the major selling points. Today, focus has shifted to price as the main selling point.
So, manufacturers ask: how can we make this item as cheap as possible with the least amount of material and lowest overhead?
Folks! I am so tired of this mass produced, low quality, cheaply made...... junk!
Yes, at the end of the day , through what I do, I may be incredibly tired, sore and my hands may be blistered and burned but, I do it to pay tribute to those that came before us, that knew the sacrifices that had to be made to build this great Nation.
I do it for those that will never have the opportunity to do what I do and have done, whether their limiting factors be social, economic or physical. I owe it to them to push forward, to carry on to the best of my ability or I am letting them down.
These are the driving forces behind the Village Blacksmith.
-George Cramer, owner the Village Blacksmith LLC
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - Robert Byrne
We are focused on creating quality products,
educating the public,
and carrying on the craft and art of Blacksmithing.
Gloucester, VA 23061.
Visit us on site during open hours:
Monday- Thursday: 9 am - 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 9 am. - 6p.m.
Call our shop anytime: 804.824.2631
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