Roy Adams resides in Harrisville, Michigan with his wife and three children. Roy’s interest in blacksmithing began in childhood when he watched a blacksmith at his work at Carriage Hill Metropark. He began forging in 2008 after receiving an antique coal forge as a gift from his wife. Roy studied under prestigious blacksmiths such as Thomas Latane, Peter Ross, Clay Spencer, Douglas Pryor, and Wayne Apgar.
In 2012, Roy officially opened his business Christ Centered Ironworks and online store.
Roy has taught blacksmithing classes at the Tejas Art Gallery, Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil club, Goshen Blacksmith Society, Blue Hell Studios, and Tiller’s International among other places. Additionally, he has done blacksmithing demonstrations at the Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association’s 2018 conference, Blacksmith Association of Missouri’s 2021 conference, monthly demonstrations at Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil, Dayton’s Urban Nights and Arts Week, Taste of the Arts in Piqua, Preble County Art Association, and Boyscouts Summer Camp. In 2017, Roy received the Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
Currently Roy has a YouTube channel called, “Christ Centered Ironworks” where there are over 1,700 videos of forging tutorials for all skill levels of all types in addition to videos that help blacksmiths start a business. Roy’s passions in blacksmithing run toward ornamental French baroque ironwork for the home and continuing to share and redistribute knowledge and awareness of the great craft of blacksmithing.
Pete Braspenninx, owner of Phyre Forge, is a graduate of the University of Michigan school of art and design (2004). He is an artist, blacksmith, and educator. His work has been shown, collected, and published nationally and internationally. His work focuses primarily on building shape and line through visual connections and joinery
using traditional skills to make modern forms.