What does Hand Forge mean?
Hand-forged products are original hand-wrought pieces, made of red-hot metal shaped on the anvil. The metal is shaped like clay using a variety of hammers, chisels, punches and drifts. Traditional blacksmiths often centered the name of their ‘smithies’ around the center of the blacksmith’s trade: the forge, a white-hot fire whose temperature can reach as high as 2200 degrees. I call my smithy Hand Forge because it’s a place where I challenge myself to be creative with the most basic, ancient materials of my craft: the forge, hammer, and anvil, and my two hands.
What is Mokume Gane?
Mokume Gane is a decorative laminated material developed in 17th century Japan. It is made by bonding many layers of varying non-ferrous metals together to make a “wood-grain metal.” I make all of the Mokume Gane for my designs, with copper and brass sheet using the traditional fusion bonding method.
What is damascus steel?
Damascus steel is a beautiful material made up of hundreds of layers of different steel alloys, bonded (or forge-welded) together. It is typically made from scratch using a variety of high carbon tool steels. Because of its high-carbon content, it can be hardened and used for making strong precision tools like knives and chisels.
Why should I choose damascus for my wedding band?
Damascus is known for its durability, and for this reason I began using it in wedding bands and other jewelry pieces. Damascus is a superior choice for people who want a band that will stand up to the test of time, especially people who work with their hands. Its composition (see below) ensures that your rings will have a unique pattern. A set of rings can be carved from the same piece of damascus, and shaped to each person’s ring size, making damascus an apt choice for symbolizing the unity of the couple.
It’s also an affordable, sustainable alternative to traditional silver, gold, and diamonds. Steel is an abundant, inexpensive material. Whenever possible, I incorporate reclaimed steel into the damascus I use in Hand Forge rings, knives, and jewelry.
How do I care for my new Hand Forge ring?
The best way to enjoy continued beauty from your piece is simply to wear it. Your skin’s natural oils help keep the piece of jewelry free from tarnish. If you choose to store your jewelry between uses, chose a dry location—not the bathroom or other humid environment! If your ring does rust, you may return it for complimentary polishing.
How is damascus made?
I make all the damascus for my Hand Forge knives and jewelry, using 1095 spring steel, O-1 oil hardening tool steel and 15N20, a tarnish-resistant steel alloyed with nickel.
Damascus can be made with almost any combination of steels: used leaf springs, chainsaw bars, or saw blades, chainsaw or motorcycle chains, or cable. The process begins with the layering of many strips of steel, stacked in a lasagna fashion. The stack is forge-heated up to 2000+ degrees Fahrenheit, then gently hammered to bond all of the layers together at once. This is original welding done without the aid of a machine or filler metal. The steel is simply bonded though heat and pressure.
The initial billet may only have ten to twenty layers of steel. In order to make a more striking pattern, the layer count must be increased. To do this, the billet is drawn out thinner and folded back onto itself. It can then be cut, restacked and re-welded, until the finished billet contains over 100 layers of steel. The raw material can now be turned into nearly anything.
Damascus steel’s characteristic wood-grain or water-mark pattern is revealed during the very last step of the process, when the finely polished piece is etched in acid. Every piece of damascus steel is wholly unique, due to the many variables involved in its composition.
Where can I find your work near me?
Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry
10382 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, California 96160
902 SW Morrison Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
Hand Eye Supply
427 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97209
The Feather's Edge Finery
113 NW Minnesota Ave
Bend, Oregon 97701
Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St
Seattle, Washington 98109
22 8th Avenue
New York, New York 10014
Do you accept wholesale orders?
Yes, please inquire for wholesale terms.
Do you accept custom orders?
Absolutely. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas, or to receive a free estimate.
Have a look at my portfolio for examples of past projects.
What payment methods do you accept?
We currently accept Visa and Mastercard via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account in order to make a purchase. Simply follow the checkout steps on PayPal’s secure site as you would for any other web order. If you are a PayPal account member, you can send payment directly from your account.
How soon will I receive my order?
Because most of the items in the store are handmade to order, please allow 3-10 business days for your order to ship. For custom wedding bands and knives the lead times are typically 4-6 weeks. Feel free to contact us if you need your anything sooner. All orders are shipped via USPS Priority shipping with delivery confirmation.
What is your return/exchange policy?
Your total satisfaction is important to us. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase you may return or exchange the unused item(s) within 7 days of receiving. If you need to return an order, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an item return form. Returns on custom items like rings will incur a 30% restocking fee. All items must be returned in original unused condition and in original packaging.
How can I contact you?
Use the contact page or simply email me at email@example.com
You may also call during business hours: 503.875.1053
Monday-Friday 11am- 5pm
Shop visits by appointment only.