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Mountain Stream Forge is dedicated to keep the art of blacksmithing alive. We do this by producing high quality hand forged wrought iron products and by seeking other blacksmiths throughout the United States that do the same. We offer these high quality works of art for sale at reasonable prices. We may not have the least expensive wrought iron on the internet, but we will always have the highest quality. If you are not satisfied with your purchase we will gladly refund your money. Please refer to our product guarantee.

How we started

Matt Rode founded Mountain Stream Forge in 1978 (see his story below). He started out selling at Arts and Crafts Festivals and Fairs. As the popularity of his hand forged works grew he expanded his business to include selling to retail specialty stores throughout the West Coast. For many years Mountain Stream Forge was the largest producer of hand forged ironwork on the West Coast. The staff included many blacksmith apprentices, shipping crew, and full office staff.

By the end of the 20th century the team at Mountain Stream Forge noticed the market was getting flooded with imported ironwork. We wanted to feature and promote ironwork made in the USA by American craftsmen. So we launched our first web site in 1998. The web site has seen numerous changes throughout the years. We are constantly updating the site in order to give our customer’s the quality ironwork they demand.

Today Matt is semiretired and is concentrating his efforts on items he sells on the web site and a few retail outlets. We are proud to keep the art of blacksmithing alive by offering high quality ironwork at the best prices possible.

Matt the Norwegian Bachelor Blacksmith

His Story

Matt was born in Norway and moved to the States when he was 8 years old. He still tells stories of running around the deck of the ship as they traveled to the United States, and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time.

His family stayed on the East Coast for about a week before moving to California and eventually moved to the Northwest where he fell in love with the majesty mountains and clear blue streams. At around age 18 Matt got a job at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. His love of fishing in the mountain streams, and skiing made it  a natural for him to settle on the mountain. After years at Timberline he moved to the Willamette Valley but has never lost his love for the Mountain.

The intricate ironwork at the lodge intrigued Matt and he started to research how the work was done. His first anvil was a piece of rail discarded by the railroad. He formed a horn and a heel on the rail and with the help of his Oxy/Acetylene torch and a hammer he started pounding out iron. Now some thirty years later Matt is one of the premier blacksmiths in the US. Matt has many different anvils, a dozen or more hammers, and too many tongs to count. He graduated from his torch to a coal forge and finally a clean burning propane forge which he uses today.

Over the years Matt has met many other blacksmiths throughout the United States. He, and the Mountain Stream Forge team, are dedicated to keeping the art of blacksmithing alive. He is excited to offer quality hand forged ironwork produced not only by him but many other blacksmiths and ironmongers around the country. 

You can find Matt at any one of several arts and craft shows through out the Northwest. You can find his products at numerous stores along the West Coast. If you see Matt at a show be sure to introduce yourself and tell him you visited his web site.

If you would like to keep in touch with new projects, craft shows, and products Matt is currently working check out his Facebook page.