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.

Surt’s Horn

An elaborate drinking horn, leaning toward Jelling motifs.

Lacey Cross Monument

A large, contemporary Celtic Cross
for a family memorial.

Colonial Fire Tongs

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

Surt’s Razor

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

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.

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#.

Fire-tool Stand – Detail

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

Bowie Knife

An even bigger knife – 15” overall. Differentially-quenched 5160 blade, hafted with antler, nickel-silver and maple then elaborately file-worked. Balance is exceptional.

Mjolnir Mk III

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

Diamond Anniversary Rings

Matching pair of diamond-anniversary rings. Rings are 18k yellow- and white-gold, respectively, with celtic-knot accents in the corresponding metal – yellow on white, white on yellow.

Birch-leaf Fireplace Doors

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