Dean Mook began
blacksmithing in 1975 when he trained with master blacksmith
Frank Turley, at his blacksmithing school in
Santa Fe, New Mexico.He
established a blacksmith shop in Port Townsend, Washington that
same year, known as Irondale Forge.
worked for about six years at the forge. Then, with a new
family and in need of a steady income, he went to work
in a boatyard running the metalworking shop.
Dean's expertise honed at the boatyard includes precision fitting,
and the ability to design and create practical, aesthetic and
cost effective solutions to an endless array of project requirements.
These skills enhance Dean's artistic eye and natural talent
with the hammer.
1999 Dean started to work full time as a blacksmith again,
this time as an employee for Steve Lopes, in the same
years earlier. In July 2004 Steve Lopes moved into a new, larger
shop outside of town, and Dean took over once again as proprietor
of the blacksmith shop in downtown Port Townsend, now known
as Town Forge.
is currently the owner and operator of Town Forge, located
in the same building that housed Irondale Forge nearly 30
ago. He creates custom designed, hand forged metalwork for
residential and commercial projects.
Dean Mook in the hot room
at the blacksmith shop.