Michael Covell's Old Iron Forge, 33 Mason Rd. in Starbrick is open for business.
Covell has 30 years experience with wrought iron fabrication, a skill he learned as a student in Warren County, that has led to a growing business producing commercial and residential estate gates, balconies, deck railings, spiral stairs, stair railings, security doors and bars, fireplace doors, sign hangers and fences.
"Anything a customer can imagine, I can build," he said. "If they can dream it, I can do it."
Times Observer photo by Ben Klein
Old Iron Forge
Michael Covell is pictured in his workshop at Old Iron Forge, 33 Mason Rd. in Starbrick. “Anything a customer can imagine, I can build,” he said. “If they can dream it, I can do it.”
Covell's wrought iron products are designed and hand-forged in his shop, where each project is unique and custom made. The fabrication process begins with a CAD drawing that is overlaid on top of a picture of the customer's home with complete details to ensure accuracy.
"That way they can see what it looks like before it's even built," he said. "I ship to Alaska, California, Utah, all over the place," he said.
Old Iron Forge can also fabricate ornamental iron and steel, restore old wrought iron components and provide a wide variety of designs to choose from.
"Not a whole lot of people do it anymore," Covell said about forging. "No job's too small."
Covell also fabricates garden gates, estate gates, mailboxes, tables, fire pits and home decor including wrought iron candle holders.
By the end of the summer Covell wants to expand into a larger location and add employees to accommodate his growing business. He also plans to begin fabricating wrought iron street lights and park benches that are in demand in communities across the country.
"To me it's an art, it's not just a business. It's a lost art," he said. "I do a lot of my own bending and fabrication work and I do it the old school way."
For more information visit www.oldironforge.com or call 814-730-8856.