It really fulfills a primal urge to smash something with a hammer, but turn that hammer into a power hammer that strikes 220 times per minute and you’ve got yourself an art-making machine. Of course, the machine itself is only as good as its user, and Lyle Poulin of Hand Forge is a true artist when it comes to working steel into a beautiful shape.
During my visit to his shop, Lyle was making a tomahawk—one of many stunning pieces in his repertoire. He worked to transform a bar of steel into a blade in what seemed to be a series of effortless maneuvers, which we all know to be the sign of someone well-versed in the craft.
Lyle’s blacksmithing started with working at his family business and eventually lead to him starting his own in Portland. His strong foundations lead him to do things that aren’t entirely “necessary” but make a better quality product, and Lyle takes the time to push his products toward perfection.
In addition to Tomahawks, the Hand Forge shop also sports home goods such as bottle openers, Damascus steel knives, Damascus wedding bands, as well as other various, intricate ironworks. It’s amazing to see what all Lyle is able to do in his shop and I can’t wait to see what other great products he makes in the future!
Be sure to go to the Hand Forge shop and pick yourself up your very own tomahawk or other finely crafted blade!