From the foot of the Oregon Cascade Mountains, amongst the Ponderosa Pine and Juniper, the sound of hammers and the roar of fire breaks the silence of a small western town.
Stepping back more than 100 years, the blacksmith shop was often the gathering place where people would stop by to get their horse shod, or their buggy fixed, to get a tool made, or an axe sharpened, or to have an item fashioned for their home or hearth.
This is still how it is here at Ponderosa Forge in Sisters Oregon, a town of 2000 people, where roots run deep as a timber and ranching town.
Sisters Country draws travelers and tourists from far away for its setting in the pines, with the Three Sisters Mountains casting an evening shadow over Wychus Creek and the Metolius River. Nearby ski resorts, an annual rodeo, folk festival, art festivals, farmers markets, and outdoor recreation make Sisters a great place visit or perhaps a final destination.
While wandering through the streets of Sisters with its 1880's theme, you will find our work in many of buildings. You'll see door handles, fireplace screens, fire tools, andirons, railings, light fixtures, gift items, towel bars, cabinet hardware, latches and hinges. We have filled our town with hand forged iron for almost 30 years.
From the humble beginnings of farrier work (shoeing horses) and general blacksmithing, welding and repair, our blacksmith shop has evolved into a place where creativity, ingenuity, and research of an old trade has helped to revive what once was a lost art.
Just as in the days of old, Ponderosa Forge continues the tradition of a meeting place, where an annual art auction and party is held to raise money for our schools. Occasional field trips and tours are conducted for people young and old to learn of a trade that helped to build our country.