Douglas Morlock

BLACKSMITH

I am a Blacksmith working in all metals. From fine jewelry to sculpted architectural ironwork, my craft allows me tremendous versatility. Wrought-iron railings, gates or chandeliers; rings, bracelets or jewelry; fine hand tools, knives or axes; furnishings and hardware for the home – my art allows me to create all these and a great deal more, limited only by time and imagination.

Portfolio

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Fire-tool Stand – Detail

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

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Hartree Wedding Band

Norse-motif platinum wedding band.
Weight nearly one ounce

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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.

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Heimdall’s Coffee Mug

A Viking coffee mug with Jelling motifs.

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Walnut Chest

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

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Surt’s Razor

A big knife for a big serviceman. Parkerized
5160 steel with a cloth-resin grip.

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Elk Ivory Pendant #2

18k White Gold pendant, set with a pair of elk-ivory buttons. Satin finish with mirror highlights. Shown with matching elk-ivory earrings.

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Small Knives

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

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Birch-leaf Fireplace Doors

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

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Colonial Fire Tongs

From a set of 18th c fireplace tools.
Wrought with precision.

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Fenris Ring & earrings

Pieces commissioned to match the Mjolnir MkIII. More than 6 carats of black diamonds in matching finger- and ear-rings.

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Mjolnir Mk III

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

Myself & My Work

About Boreal Forge

The work of blacksmith Douglas Morlock.

Working out of his shop in southern Ontario, Canada, Morlock forges all manner of fine metal art in wrought-iron, steel and many other metals: Silver, Bronze, Copper or Gold. From delicate silver jewelry to ornate wrought-iron railings and gates; chandeliers to swords, the skills of the blacksmith can realize any dream in metal.

Constantly refining his craft over the last decade and more, Morlock continues the ancient traditions of fire, hammer and anvil. A wide range of skills and a keen sense of design produce pieces of outstanding quality and striking beauty. Magnificent ironwork, custom knives or fine Viking jewelry are all created with equal attention to form, quality and – above all – lasting elegance.

Browse the galleries of previous work, shop for available pieces, or contact Douglas to see what he may create for you.

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blacksmithing articles

Iron in the Blood

I am a blacksmith. I earn my living through the strength of my arm and the sweat of my brow, hammering out tools and works of art as our ancestors did for two-thousand generations until the steam-engine sealed our fate and liberated humanity from a...Read More

Norse Knock-offs

A Multitude of Mendacious Mjolnirs

  Here's the first Thor's Hammer pendant I did, back in 2009. I feel I've done better ones since, but this one strikes a chord with people. Not a month goes by that someone from the internet doesn't track me down and ask...Read More

Forging Custom Knives

The Joy of Fine Steel

The Knife is perhaps the single most useful tool made by Man. Whether a shard of bone, knapped flint or forged crucible steel, the knife is a tool exquisite beyond reason. I take tremendous pleasure in making all kinds of knives...Read More