About Wolfshield Forge

Why Wolfshield? Long, long ago, when I was in college, I took a linguistics class. One of our assignments was to research what our names meant. My last name, Johnson – “Son of John” – was easy. My first and middle names were a little harder. I have gone by my nickname of “Bart” since junior high school, so you really don’t need to know them, but they mean “Bright and Shining Wolf-Shield”. When I set up a small smithy at the back of my property, my son suggested that I call it “Wolfshield Forge”…and so it is!

I have been an avid woodworker since childhood. My work is heavily influenced by Shaker style furniture and fixtures, early colonial (think Jamestown) woodworking and blacksmithing and the writings of Roy Underhill. I sometimes rough out the things I make with power tools…however, the final fitting and finishing is almost always done by hand.

I have been blacksmithing for about 5 years now and am an active member of the New River Forge Council and the Appalachian Blacksmith Association. I have had a few articles published in the ABA’s newsletter.  I am also a frequent demonstrator at NRFC monthly meetings.  With the exception of a bench grinder, my smithy is totally me-powered with a hand-cranked forge blower, lots of hammers and tongs and even a couple of hand-cranked drill presses.

One of my passions during the summer months is my small vegetable garden out back of our house. I like preserving the old heirloom varieties for my family’s table.

I hope you enjoy my ramblings…bart

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jack saunders
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 21:36:33

    great tongs! bart u seem tobe the shutter bug of the group if u would take some pics at the meeting and send them to me thanks jack (johns brother in-law. im back here in maryland getting ready for snow thanks
    jack

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  2. The Belmont Rooster
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 11:47:45

    Bart, I sent you an email…

    Reply

    • Bart
      Nov 16, 2013 @ 20:54:46

      ?? Dont see it.

      Reply

  3. The Belmont Rooster
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 21:28:39

    Weird… Just wanted to know if you mind if I nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. belmontrooster@centurylink.net

    Reply

  4. The Belmont Rooster
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 21:28:15

    Congradulations! I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here is a link to my post for you to accept the award:http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/my-very-inspiring-blogger-award/.

    Reply

  5. Matt catlin
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 13:37:12

    Bart, I like your site. Just copied your apple butter brace for a paddle I am making. Your cider press screw almost makes me wish I made a wooden screw instead of a metal one on the press I made.

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    • Bart
      Mar 30, 2014 @ 22:06:29

      Thanks. Hope you have a great cider and apple butter season!

      Reply

    • Bart
      Mar 30, 2014 @ 22:10:22

      Making the wooden screw was certainly an experience! It helped me to grow as a woodworker. I would recommend giving it a try.

      Reply

  6. Matt catlin
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 00:19:13

    We have a lot in common, bees, blacksmiths, woodworking, gardening and apple butter cooking. I also cast bullets. I have the same threading equipment from woodcraft you started with. Almost 15 years ago I made a vise, had same problems with slippage. I need to think up a reason to do a coarse thread. Your screw looks just like a miniature of the screw at new bern Indiana on their huge old lever press.

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    • Bart
      Apr 04, 2014 @ 07:19:15

      Yeah, I have a lot of nerdy hobbies…and a very supportive wife. Nice to chat with a kindred soul. Making the coarse thread screw/nut really wasn’t that difficult…just tedious. If your vise slips, sounds like you have found your reason. I say go for it!

      Reply

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