About

Taking name and inspiration from the north woods, Boreal Forge is operated by Douglas Morlock. From his shop on the shores of the Trent River, he pursues the ancient craft of blacksmithing, fusing traditional artistry with modern innovation.

If you have a design in mind, or would like to commission a piece, please drop him a line to discuss your idea. Morlock works in almost any metal for almost any purpose; forging tools, hardware, furnishings, architectural work or fine jewelry with equal skill.

This work is not cheap, but neither is it ordinary. It is labor-intensive, and the finished works show the tremendous effort put into it. Browse  available pieces, or email to discuss an idea.

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Blacksmithing is an art nearly as old as Civilization itself, refined by untold generations of skilled artisans and given new life in the modern age.

Industrialization displaced the blacksmith as a tradesman, but no machine can replace the creative force that makes us human.

Objets d’art, works of beauty and individualized tools remain the exclusive domain of the modern Blacksmith.

Regardless of design, all art bears the cast of its maker. Objects shaped by a living hand will always seem much richer, more vital than those stamped out by unthinking machines. It is this inherent vitality – sometimes obvious, often subtle – that gives my work meaning and value.

Metal is perhaps the most versatile of all artistic mediums. For a blacksmith, metal is as malleable as clay, and with skill nearly all metals can be worked.

Truly incredible things are possible inside the forge.

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My Work

Small Knives

Three small hunting knives, all 5160. From top, hafts are antler/cedar burl, Koa/Maple/Brass and Walnut with copper pins.

Lacey Cross Monument

A large, contemporary Celtic Cross for a family memorial.

Birch-leaf Fireplace Doors

Hand-forged in their entirety, from leaves to rivets.

Surt’s Horn

An elaborate drinking horn, leaning toward Jelling motifs.

Hammer-Poll Patriot Tomahawk

A hammer poll version of a famous movie tomahawk. Client request. Steel.

Mjolnir MkI

Sterling silver Thor's Hammer pendant. A significant pair of ravens adorn the face.

Fire-tool Stand – Detail

Detail of a stand for fireplace tools, showing complexity of finials.

Katana

Entirely hand-forged and polished – an exercise in patience. 11,000 layers of 1090/1040 steel kobuse-welded around a soft-iron core. Dimensions taken from a Kamakura-period Bizen. Fitted with a quilted-maple saya to reflect my western sensibilites.

Mjolnir Mk III

Third in the series – a dramatically reworked, unlimited vorsion of the Mk I. Articulated wolf-clasps grasp the troth-ring.

Bowie Knife

An even bigger knife – 15” overall. Differentially-quenched 5160 blade, hafted with antler, nickel-silver and maple then elaborately file-worked. Balance is exceptional.

Walnut Chest

Small dovetailed walnut chest, with forged iron hardware from extant 18thc New England examples.

Mjolnir Mk II

Second in my series of Sterling silver Thor's Hammer pendants. Fenris the wolf leers from the face.