meet your maker
Iron Grove Tool Co. is a family owned blacksmith shop in Dripping Springs, Texas crafting handmade tools for kitchen and field. Forging carbon steel knives is our passion, it is both a science and an art. Our tools start as something else entirely, storied steel that's weathered time before being forgotten in a barn or sold as rustic décor. Through heat and pressure, fire and hammer, they are transformed into something new.
Something we hope contributes to our community and inspires people to gather around the table
In July of 2018 our shop suffered a devastating fire, losing almost everything.
Through the help and support of our friends, family, community and clients a new shop was built and we were able to start again, reopening our doors in October of the same year. We are overwhelmed with the sheer amount of positive outreach and are truly thankful to be able to continue the work that we love.
"I was born and raised in Texas. I grew up loving the outdoors and, like several generations in my family, have been working with wood and metal in some way for most of my life. As soon as I was of age, I followed my dad into the fabrication trade and truly discovered my passion for crafting steel. After moving to Austin, TX and undergoing a sheet metal apprenticeship and a welding trade school, I started focusing on metal-arts , spending my spare time forging sculptures and the tools needed to make them.
That's when the knives began.
I met an amazing woman named Lynne who was a chef and restaurant owner with a passion for cooking and cultivating food from the ground up. Together we explored a shared love of food and art, growing our own veggies, raising chickens, brewing beer and trying to live more sustainably. While the idea of sustainability carried over into other aspects of our lives, I built a small shop out of reclaimed wood and started forging scrap metal in our backyard. As a gift to Lynne, I wanted to recreate her favorite knife: a small, very worn nakiri. Try after try, learning with every mistake and diving deeper into the science behind the art, the journey into bladesmithing brought together our two worlds of craft and cuisine and sparked a love for a timeless artform that is rooted in our history. That one knife and its owner were the catalyst for my life's work.
Lynne and I married in 2014. We have a son, Abraham, and live on a 3 acre Juniper grove in Dripping Springs, TX with our four dogs. Iron Grove is set on our homestead where we grow veggies and raise our livestock. We spend our free time hiking in the hill country, swimming in it's rivers, and generally trying to build a life that requires no vacation."
Iron Grove Tool Co.