Featured makers

SIBs supports and promotes communities with less access to and representation in blacksmithing. This means black/indigenous/people of color, the Asian American/pacific islander community, LGBTQ+ folks, women, femmes, people experiencing disabilities, etc. Part of this support is monetary, so if you are looking for some custom metalwork please check out this page to find a blacksmith to hire!

If you would like to be a SIBs featured maker please submit your information at the bottom of the page! 

Derek tanner

He/Him

Southern California

I mainly focus on practical/ functional items: tools, home goods, rings, the occasional kitchen knife. I like my work to be used and enjoyed rather than just put on display. I do take commissions. Also still working on the website, I’m better with my hands than I am with computers so don’t judge to harshly if you click on my website.

Derek@tannersforge.com
Rashelle Hams

she/her

Portland Oregon

I enjoy teaching blacksmithing and bladesmithing. I really like making tools and tooling to make more tools and historical stuff.

Part of the LGBTQ community (I ain't straight!), veteran, pagan.

iamrashelle@yahoo.com
Haley arbour

she/her

Nelson BC

I'm currently obsessed with kitchenware. if you can cook food with it, I want to make it!

Website
haleyarbour@hotmail.com
Becca Cerra

she/her

Minneapolis, MN

Becca Cerra provides one-of-a-kind creations that combine traditional craft practices with contemporary art-making approaches to imagine something truly unique and memorable. Becca currently works in two realms: conceptual art and functional sculpture. She teaches blacksmithing and welding classes at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and is eager to continue expanding her offerings.

beccacerra@gmail.com
Nathan Zimmerman

He/Him

Milwaukee, WI

My favorite things to make are forged Chef Knives, and Fantasy weapons. Currently I am working through a list of custom orders from chefs all over the midwest! I also love Rock Climbing, and am a member of the Queer Climbing Collective here in Milwaukee!

I'm a cis - white - masculine presenting male, who is bi/pansexual. Often in the knifemaking community people assume I am straight, and thus use discriminatory or abhorrent (really obnoxious things sometimes) language around me, assuming that I am part of the "boys club" that we often see in smithing. I'd like to see the language and culture change, so that folks aren't given a bad image of smithing because of a few assholes who don't think of the effect their speech has on others, or who think they can say whatever they like without consequences.

zimKnives@gmail.com
Leo Blackburn

they/them/she

British Columbia

I like to make functional art and tools. I also want to empower marginalized people by sharing my knowledge with them.

I am a non binary metal artist. Metal arts saved my life and empowered me. I want to give back, and help QTBIPOC, drug addicts, sex workers and femmes feel talented and important, because I believe in them. I think art and knowledge are the fabrics that hold our society together. My ultimate dream is to acquire a space that would offer a variety of workshops, community, and information. I am more interested in this than becoming an artist as an individual. I like working and creating with a team.

Website
leablackburn16@gmail.com

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