Forge is located in the heart of historical downtown Port
Townsend. Initially known as Irondale Forge, the site has
been an operating blacksmith shop since it was established
by Dean Mook in 1975.
the home of a drycleaning and laundry business, the abandoned
concrete block building with steel doors, though in dismal
condition, was ideal for a blacksmith shop. Dean contacted
the owner of the building, Leo White, and told him of his
proposal to turn the building into a working artisan blacksmith
shop. Leo White loved the idea of reviving the art of the
blacksmith, and he loved the energy of this idealistic young
man. He was a benevolent landlord to the blacksmith shop for
234 Monroe Street
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
Closed since July 2014
Town Forge is now located at 66 Discovery Crest Pl.
Visit by appointment only
1979 Dean introduced a friend, Steve Lopes, to the art of
blacksmithing. They worked together for awhile until Dean,
with a new family and in need of a steady income, went to
work in a boatyard running the metalworking shop . Steve stayed
at the blacksmith shop, working for many lean years and growing
his reputation and clientele. In 1999 Dean started to work
with Steve again, this time as his employee, in the same shop
that Dean had established 25 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, naming the shop Town Forge.
In July 2014 Dean moved his shop to his home property, no longer operating a commercial space but still working at the forge.