About

Taking name and inspiration from the north woods, Boreal Forge is operated by Douglas Morlock. From his shop on the shores of the Trent River, he pursues the ancient craft of blacksmithing, fusing traditional artistry with modern innovation.

If you have a design in mind, or would like to commission a piece, please drop him a line to discuss your idea. Morlock works in almost any metal for almost any purpose; forging tools, hardware, furnishings, architectural work or fine jewelry with equal skill.

This work is not cheap, but neither is it ordinary. It is labor-intensive, and the finished works show the tremendous effort put into it. Browse  available pieces, or email to discuss an idea.

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Blacksmithing is an art nearly as old as Civilization itself, refined by untold generations of skilled artisans and given new life in the modern age.

Industrialization displaced the blacksmith as a tradesman, but no machine can replace the creative force that makes us human.

Objets d’art, works of beauty and individualized tools remain the exclusive domain of the modern Blacksmith.

Regardless of design, all art bears the cast of its maker. Objects shaped by a living hand will always seem much richer, more vital than those stamped out by unthinking machines. It is this inherent vitality – sometimes obvious, often subtle – that gives my work meaning and value.

Metal is perhaps the most versatile of all artistic mediums. For a blacksmith, metal is as malleable as clay, and with skill nearly all metals can be worked.

Truly incredible things are possible inside the forge.

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My Work

Oak Leaf Fireplace Doors

Copper and steel fireplace doors, to match and complete a 1920s marble fireplace. Some very simple repousse, modern and traditional forms.

Colonial Fire Tongs

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

Small Knives

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

Gun-Barrel Tomahawk

Pipe tomahawk forged from a .45 muzzle-loader barrel. Pierced blade, pewter and brass accents.

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.

Viking Axe

A mid-size axe based on examples from the early middle-ages. Mild steel with a 5”, 1060 bit. 48”
Ash haft. Weight 1.5#.

Mjolnir Mk III

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

Birch-leaf Fireplace Doors

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

Heimdall’s Coffee Mug

A Viking coffee mug with Jelling motifs.

Rococo Pipe Tomahawk

Pipe tomahawk with light engraving
and pewter accents.

Fire-tool Stand – Detail

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

Mjolnir MkI

Sterling silver Thor's Hammer pendant.
A significant pair of ravens adorn the face.