blacksmiths have often made their own tools. Once blacksmiths,
Thomas Edison and John Deere are evidence of the craft's creative
impulses. Owner Chuck Simonian has created or modified equipment
at Iron Craft for peak performance or to supply needed capability.An
example of his tool-making skill is a heavy-duty machine that
twists metal up to an impressive 1.5 inches in thickness into
fence elements, railings and other pieces.
chose shop equipment for capability, not age. A modern angle
roller smoothly makes large rings from a variety of metal
rods: tubes, squares, rounds, flat-bar and T-bar. A century-old
forging hammer flattens metal sections with the force of a
100-pound sledgehammer, delivering up to 230 blows per minute.
equipment: Metal lathe, vertical milling machine, 25-lb. forge
hammer, treadle hammer, band saw and clamping machine, among