" Forging Iron into Black Gold Treasures" 

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Hot Iron Blacksmith creates art in metal for home and garden using methods common to a 19th century blacksmith shop.  All products are hand hammer forged using skills passed on from American and European Master Blacksmiths. Hand forging is the blacksmiths technique dating back to the beginning of the bronze age.  In the creation of hand forged art each hammer blow is carefully placed to create the look, form and feel unique to each piece.

Our "Black Gold Treasures"  can be used to adorn every room in your home and garden with custom individual style and handcrafted artistry.  Old World style hand forged ironwork will dramatically highlight  your garden, room decor, wall displays, furniture settings or mantel decorations with a distinctive touch that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

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Our Mission

Hot Iron Blacksmith  continually strives to live our mantra "Forging Iron into Black Gold Treasures" on every product and project taken to task in the forge and on the anvil.  We attempt to share with every customer our pride that each piece produced is a true representation of the highest achievable quality metal art.



Hot Iron Blacksmith, located near Peoria, Illinois, on the bank of the Illinois River, is owned and operated by blacksmith artist, Bud Harvey, and his wife, Janelle.   Bud has  Bachelor of Science degrees from Oregon State University in Metallurgical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, was a Nationally Certified Purchasing Manager of NAPM and is a Boy Scout of America Silver Beaver.  He retired after working 37 years in various engineering, purchasing and quality management positions for a Fortune 100 heavy equipment manufacturing company. Bud creates metal art in the blacksmith shop for discerning customers by incorporating the disciplines practiced in industry, skills learned from noted master blacksmiths and interpretations of the customers requests .  He has studied under Master Blacksmith Uri Hofi from Israel and other noted American Master blacksmiths from 1997 to the present.  Bud is a member the American Society for Materials and Past President of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association.

Contact Information

309-579-2007 (Home);  309-258-2010 (Cell)
309-579-2007 (call in advance of faxing)
Postal address
12000 N. Riverview Rd., Chillicothe, Il. 61523
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