Kentucky Tourism

Wilson, Gavin — Mountainfire Forge

London, KY


forged & hammered items

Gavin Wilson was born and raised in Garrad County, KY near Bryantsville and has lived in Kentucky all his life. He has a degree in forestry from University of Kentucky and an MFA in Business from Eastern Kentucky University, and his career as a forester includes appraising timber.


Gavin began his blacksmithing career when given a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. as a Christmas present. Gavin chose a class in blacksmithing under Pete Brandenburg and upon returning home set up his first forge. Gavin has studied with numerous blacksmiths at John C. Campbell, including such smiths as Charlie Orlando, and Clay Spencer. A class with Bob Trout started Gavin working with copper, which he now uses to create vessels, and decorative signs using chasing and hammering techniques.


Gavin is interested in architectural and decorative blacksmithing and he tries to make his work as organic as possible. Gavin says his love of blacksmithing is best captured with the words of singer song-writer Lyle Lovett, “You catch it on your fingers and it crawls right up your sleeve.”


Works by Gavin Wilson can be found at Artique, Lexington; Bittersweet Cabins, Renfro Valley; Gallery on Main, Richmond; Common Ground, Lexington; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.