Bill Crowell started blacksmithing as part of a mid-life crisis. Traveling sales wasn’t cutting it for him. He got his start by producing metal tables for his late wife’s custom tile business. With the first hammer strike he was literally and figuratively hooked, and Saluda Forge was born. Saluda Forge has been operating in western North Carolina for over 25 years. Today, Saluda Forge is a 2,000 square foot working blacksmith studio on what used to be a coal yard. This property offers an excellent view overlooking downtown Tryon.
Saluda Forge’s visitors will experience a working blacksmith studio and a small retail area with metal hooks, hardware, brackets, bottle trees, and more. Much of the hammering is done by hand, but there’s also a rare 1909 Little Giant hammer that helps in the process. Bill and company specialize in custom-made hand-forged iron works such as driveway gates, conversation pieces, furniture, hooks, garden sculptures, and their signature item, fire screens. The retail space offers samples of fire screens, garden gates, and a portfolio idea book to offer inspiration for any custom project.
Monday-Saturday 9 am-4 pm