Cleveland Blacksmithing, LLC is run by husband and wife team Gavin and Brooke Lehman, with Gavin leading classes and commissioned ironwork and Brooke running marketing, retail, design, and overall general business affairs. As a full-service blacksmith shop, we offer a variety of special interest blacksmith classes, private lessons, group or party sessions, welding instruction, architectural ironwork and custom sculpture out of our Ohio City studio.
As a Blacksmith for over 15 years, his work is almost exclusively hand-forged wrought iron. A product of the Rust Belt and Cleveland, Ohio few creative media could be more appropriate than iron.
The products of his studio and shop are almost exclusively custom, privately commissioned ironworks ranging from railing systems to drawer pulls and everything in between. In design and direction, his work is largely based upon exploring and harmonizing relationships, both philosophical and visual.
" Amongst the relationship developments relevant in my work are; harmonizing the traditional methodologies of blacksmithing with the aesthetics and ideals of contemporary design; unifying the form of an object, its surroundings and its function; and exploring the visual dualities between the organic and the mechanical. All of these relationships work towards giving each of my pieces direction and relevance within the spheres of both contemporary Art and Fine Craft. "
A few select public shows are done from time to time in order to show current trends and experimental works and to sell limited runs various designer home décor, furniture, etc.
Brooke Witt Lehman
The Blacksmith's Wife
As a professional graphic designer & creative entrepreneur living and working in Cleveland, Brooke is at the forefront of business affairs. From marketing and design to hands-on new product development, she puts her 10 year design-driven career to good use by intentionally exploiting her husband's passion for making art from iron.
You know how they say behind every great man there's a great woman? Yeah, well... #girlboss
Even though operating a blacksmith shop is the newest venture in her career, Brooke is a creative business veteran. Over the years, Brooke has created and launched several small product lines, owns a shamefully successful handmade Etsy shop running 9 years strong, licenses her typography and illustrations exclusively for stationery, fabric, and home decor, as well as, freelances graphic design, small business branding and startup consulting. In 2016, she also co-founded Lush & Lovely Floristry, a trending flower shop just around the corner in Ohio City.