Black Bear Forge is creating Forged iron work and Blacksmithing videos
105

patrons

$445
per month

Thank you for visiting Black bear Forge. 

My name is John Switzer and I operate Black Bear Forge, a small one person blacksmith shop Located in Beulah Colorado.  For many years I worked as a professional firefighter in Aurora Colorado and operated the blacksmith shop as a part time business.  I retired in 2014 and began blacksmithing full time.  Now it seems like I am busier than I have ever been in my life. 

My vision for the future.

With over 30 years as a blacksmith I have been blessed with many great opportunities to learn and grow as a blacksmith.  This has instilled a philosophy that there should be no "trade secrets" and that the skills and techniques should be shared openly and passed on to the next generation of blacksmiths. To accomplish this I Have started creating videos for my YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/c/blackbearforge.com While these videos take time away from my otherwise busy schedule in the shop, I feel this is one of the best ways I can make the information available to the blacksmithing community.  Producing these videos also allows me the feedom to explore more advanced techniques, continuing my own growth as a blacksmith.

Why contribute?

By contributing to Black Bear Forge you become a part of my effort to share the skills and the techniques that are crucial to the art and the craft that is blacksmithing. Contributions help give me the freedom to create videos that promote not only traditional blacksmithing skills but also help to fund improvements in the quality of the video production.  Since I believe that this information should be shared without terms and conditions, I will not be offering exclusive or paid content. 


Blacksmithing is not defined by time period or motif.

Blacksmithing is defined by process alone



Tiers
$1 per month donation
$1 or more per month 31 patrons
For your recurring donation of $1 per month I will send one of these unique Black Bear Forge Stickers
$2 per month donation (no reward)
$2 or more per month 17 patrons
Do you want to be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube, but you aren't looking for anything in return?  At this level you may do just that.  Thank you for your support.
$5 per month donation
$5 or more per month 33 patrons
For your recurring donation of $5 per month.  I will hand forge a one of a kind bottle opener for you.  Similar to the one in the image.  Your new bottle opener will ship after the third month at this level.  
Surprise gift
$10 or more per month 26 patrons
For your recurring donation of $10 per month I will make a surprise gift for your home.  I will forge this gift item as a part of our video projects (I'll let you know when the video is) after the 3rd month at this level.  I will also mention you by name (unless you ask me not to) to thank you personally in the video.  
Goals
$445 of $500 per month
Passing on the skills I have learned over the past 30 plus years as a blacksmith important to me.  To do this I am using YouTube as a means to share as much as I can with other smiths both new and experienced.  Your patronage allows you to be apart of that process by helping to fund the expense of video production.
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Thank you for visiting Black bear Forge. 

My name is John Switzer and I operate Black Bear Forge, a small one person blacksmith shop Located in Beulah Colorado.  For many years I worked as a professional firefighter in Aurora Colorado and operated the blacksmith shop as a part time business.  I retired in 2014 and began blacksmithing full time.  Now it seems like I am busier than I have ever been in my life. 

My vision for the future.

With over 30 years as a blacksmith I have been blessed with many great opportunities to learn and grow as a blacksmith.  This has instilled a philosophy that there should be no "trade secrets" and that the skills and techniques should be shared openly and passed on to the next generation of blacksmiths. To accomplish this I Have started creating videos for my YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/c/blackbearforge.com While these videos take time away from my otherwise busy schedule in the shop, I feel this is one of the best ways I can make the information available to the blacksmithing community.  Producing these videos also allows me the feedom to explore more advanced techniques, continuing my own growth as a blacksmith.

Why contribute?

By contributing to Black Bear Forge you become a part of my effort to share the skills and the techniques that are crucial to the art and the craft that is blacksmithing. Contributions help give me the freedom to create videos that promote not only traditional blacksmithing skills but also help to fund improvements in the quality of the video production.  Since I believe that this information should be shared without terms and conditions, I will not be offering exclusive or paid content. 


Blacksmithing is not defined by time period or motif.

Blacksmithing is defined by process alone



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Tiers
$1 per month donation
$1 or more per month 31 patrons
For your recurring donation of $1 per month I will send one of these unique Black Bear Forge Stickers
$2 per month donation (no reward)
$2 or more per month 17 patrons
Do you want to be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube, but you aren't looking for anything in return?  At this level you may do just that.  Thank you for your support.
$5 per month donation
$5 or more per month 33 patrons
For your recurring donation of $5 per month.  I will hand forge a one of a kind bottle opener for you.  Similar to the one in the image.  Your new bottle opener will ship after the third month at this level.  
Surprise gift
$10 or more per month 26 patrons
For your recurring donation of $10 per month I will make a surprise gift for your home.  I will forge this gift item as a part of our video projects (I'll let you know when the video is) after the 3rd month at this level.  I will also mention you by name (unless you ask me not to) to thank you personally in the video.