Harmony Forge features the fine ironwork of Ward Brinegar, founder of
Harmony Forge. I have been pursuing the art of blacksmithing since 1975.
Dedication to fine craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and excellent
service to the client have been the hallmarks of my work from the
beginning. Copper embossing is a medium I have recently taken up to work with lighter materials and explore new artistic boundaries. My work is primarily residential, although I have done a number of significant commissions for commercial buildings, especially hotels.
I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from New Mexico State
University, Las Cruces, NM, in 1974 with a B.A. in English. I was first exposed to the art of blacksmithing at Philmont Scout Ranch in northeast New Mexico, where I worked all the summers of my high school and college years. In 1975 I attended
the Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing in Santa Fe. In 1976 I served a brief
apprenticeship with Joe Pehoski at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in
Grand Island, Nebraska. I replaced Joe as the resident blacksmith there in the
fall of 1976 and served in that position until 1989. I also had the
opportunity to be able to spend time learning from the late Francis Whitaker.
In 1989 I returned to Santa Fe and opened Harmony Forge, enjoying family, the
mountains, climate and robust building market here. I learned a great deal from several partnerships, and have been fortunate to
have several fine employees, some of whom have gone on to start blacksmithing
businesses of their own. The best years of my career were 2001-2012, working in partnership with my son, Sam, who has moved on to a career in the coffee business. In the summer of 2001, I moved to the Dancing Anvil
Ranch, 15 miles south of Santa Fe, where I am blessed to live and work
surrounded by the beauty of central New Mexico.
I will be retiring on March 31, 2018. My aging body complains every day about the rigors of this work. I will continue doing the copper embossing work to satisfy my creative desires and am planning to live on the road in a 5th wheel RV for the next few years.