About us

Underhill Forge is a blacksmith shop located in Central Pennsylvania started in 2007 by blacksmith and bladesmith J W Stekervetz. We take pride in keeping old world traditions alive, not just in our work in agricultural ironwork on farms throughout our area, but also in teaching others the aspects of our craft - whether fixing a broken part of a tobacco wagon, making a tool for a one time job or teaching the finer points of metallurgy, we feel fortunate that we get to keep the craft alive and do our best to demonstrate true American craftsmanship through our work. Our shop is a member of the Artists Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA) and the Pennsylvania Artist Blacksmith Association (PABA). In addition to forging handmade tools and custom knives, we are well known throughout the community for offering classes in tool making and knife making geared towards both the beginner and practiced blacksmith alike. We hold classes year round as our schedules permit and even host classes during the week by special arrangement. The primary focus of our classes is not to teach artistic ability but to instill confidence and provide an understanding of the various techniques, methods, practices and science involved in creating great performing tools and knives as well as providing instruction and guidance on the use of everything from the professional quality machines to primitive hand tools utilized in their creation.