Out of the Forge

Oklahoma Today|July/August 2020

Out of the Forge
Oklahoma blacksmiths are applying their iron wills to keep a great tradition alive.
JOMARIE HICKERSON

TO MANY, THE term blacksmith conjures images of burly men forging swords, plate armor, and other anachronistic weaponry. But a network of artisans is keeping the tradition alive and vital throughout the state.

In 1995, a group of blacksmiths formed the Saltfork Craftsmen ArtistBlacksmith Association in Freedom. The group started with just thirteen members but now has around three hundred registered, says Mandell Greteman, president of the association.

The association works to connect those still tending the fires—professionally or as a hobby—with regular meetings and conferences to enhance each others’ skills. Members meet throughout the state. Each workshop is open to the public, with a $30 membership fee.

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