by Pequea Valley Forge
Al Stephens was introduced to the art of blacksmithing while on a visit to a historic site in Illinois. He became a volunteer there, working in a 19th century blacksmith shop equipped with bellows, coal forge, anvil, and vise. Over the next several years many smiths helped and encouraged Al to develop his skills. He now works as a full-time blacksmith, forging colonial hardware reproductions and custom projects.