Walter's   Forge
    Welcome to the Blacksmith Shop of Walter Howell.
    2014 Award of Excellence, Alabama Wildlife Flora and Fauna Fine Art Show

    We provide a variety of products and services that include decorative and functional hardware for home and
    business. Walter forges custom strapping for exposed beams and has a quality line of fireplace tools and
    hardware for the hearth and fire pits. He forges commissioned sculptures with a particular passion for trees
    and plants. Walter also offers workshops and private classes for those who are interested in learning. And we
    have coke, coal and forges for sell.  Information is available throughout our site.
    Please call or e-mail us for with questions or come by and see Walter at his shop in Henagar, Alabama.
    We are proud to let everyone know that Walter's work is now available for purchase at The English Table on
    Cecil Ashburn Dr. in Huntsville. The English Table provides for its customers a beautiful selection of fine
    linens, china and a wonderful Gallery of Culinary needs and Artisan made products. We encourage you to go
    by and see them and keep them in mind when shopping for special gifts.
    In Mentone, the forge work can be found at The Graceful Giraffe, a small unique shop with a lot of surprises!
    Our newest venue is at the country store at Desoto State Park where we have tri-pods, roasting forks, fire
    pokers and other forged items as well as lodge cookware.
    Walters Forge on ETSY has an inventory of items hot off the forge with new things being added as soon as
    they are ready for purchase.

Call us at (256) 254-8469
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Walter's Forge, Henagar, Alabama
    Walter's love of the craft has taken us places and introduced us to people that have become
    true blessings in our lives. There is something about handwork that satisfies the soul. That
    feeling is reflected in the quality and care taken with each piece. We feel that the purchase of
    an iron piece is an investment in the future. The durability of iron means a lifetime of use
    and enjoyment. Walter works hard to ensure that every piece of ironwork that leaves his
    shop is of heirloom quality.

    We found out quickly that there was a lot of interest out there for a variety of reasons. For
    some people it is the craft itself. For others it is the treasury of memories brought about by
    the smell of the smoke and the sounds of the blower and the anvil. Walter has opened his
    shop to these people and welcomed them to come and spend some time watching and
    learning. We have groups of school children who come, which is great fun for us.

    We invite you to come and visit us at our "new" forge located here on our property. The
    reconstructed timber frame structure is over 100 years old. It is impressive and is the
    fulfilment of yet another dream along this path that his gift of blacksmithing has given us.
    Check the schedule page for dates and times.  We can design and make your piece just the
    size you need. And you have the rare opportunity to get something that is exactly what you
    want, does exactly what you need it to and have a part in the design of the piece. In the end
    you have a truly original piece of work that represents a spirit of American Craftsmanship
    that is in danger of being lost to faster, quicker and cheaper.
    Along The way Walter has had some accomplishments that we are proud of.
    **studied under Master Blacksmith Susan Madasi -  2006
    **award of excellence - Hamilton Co. 2005
    **award winner - art on the lake, fine arts exhibit - 2008
    **award winner - new salem arts festival - 2008
    **demonstrating blacksmith for the Big Wills arts council and the Scottsboro Heritage Foundation
    **featured artists in the November 2008 edition of the Tidewater Blacksmiths Guild Magazine
    **demonstrating artist at the Jacksonville State Little River Canyon Center
    **featured artist in the June issue of The Look Out View Magazine
    **featured artist in the December issue of "Connected" magazine
    **Fall 2010 Walter was included in the book "American Blacksmiths" along with 50 others.
    **Walter participated in a feature film for The Little River Canyon Center, funded by NASA, and was over a year in the making. The production
    can be seen daily on the state of the art, HD facility at the Canyon Center.
    **Best In Show Runner Up at The Fall Fest at the Hermitage in Nashville in October of 2013.
    **Award of Excellence 2014 Alabama Wildlife Federation Flora and Fauna Fine Art Show, ranking him 5th among 52 very talented artists.

         Walter's work is often recognized by the hammer sculpted leaf work that adorns many of his works. Most smiths hammer the hot metal down
         into a mold that forms the shape of a leaf. Each of Walter's leaves are individually sculpted using no molds, making each one unique as in nature
         self. You can watch the process on our You Tube video entitled Art of Blacksmithing, Walter Howell of Walter's Forge, produced by Mic Stowe.
         Set aside about 15 minutes and give it a look.