Black Bear Forge

is creating Forged iron work and Blacksmithing videos

151

patrons

$652

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 only 2 left
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
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

 By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.   

$5 per month donation
$5 or more per month only 2 left
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.  
$10 per month donation
$10 or more per month

 By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.   

Surprise gift
$10 or more per month only 3 left

For your recurring donation of $10 per month I will make a surprise gift.  After the 3rd month at this level.   These gifts will be featured as a video project, but will be done in batches for everyone donating at this level.  I will plan to Do something a bit different each time I do a batch of items at this level.

$20 per month donation
$20 or more per month

 By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.   

$50 oper month donation
$50 or more per month

By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.  

Goals
$500 – reached! 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 only 2 left
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
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

 By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.   

$5 per month donation
$5 or more per month only 2 left
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.  
$10 per month donation
$10 or more per month

 By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.   

Surprise gift
$10 or more per month only 3 left

For your recurring donation of $10 per month I will make a surprise gift.  After the 3rd month at this level.   These gifts will be featured as a video project, but will be done in batches for everyone donating at this level.  I will plan to Do something a bit different each time I do a batch of items at this level.

$20 per month donation
$20 or more per month

 By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.   

$50 oper month donation
$50 or more per month

By donating to Black Bear Forge you will be a part of bringing blacksmithing education to YouTube,  Your patronage helps to provide the freedom to create videos on the art and craft of Blacksmithing.  you will also be part of improving video quality through upgrades in cameras, lighting and audio upgrades.   Thank you for your support.