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Cleveland Blacksmithing started as a small home-based shop built on the back of Gavin's 22+ year career as an artist-blacksmith where he forges steel into beautiful works of iron and Brooke's 15 year design-driven career in small business branding. Gavin got his first taste of teaching with a few lessons, privately and in groups. He then started teaching blacksmithing for the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Continuing Education and Community Outreach program and held small group classes at Maker Mountain Studios. Being the grandson of a local area art teacher, sharing knowledge and teaching skill is an integral part of who he is, as well as, an integral part of his craft. Teaching the next generation of blacksmiths, both young and old, is a part of being a blacksmith.
“When we started teaching blacksmithing we truly had no idea how fast we would grow, how many people's lives would be enriched, and how much possibility lies ahead. Teaching the next generation of blacksmiths, both young and old, is a part of being a blacksmith. It’s an age-old tradition passed down, and being in the modern world, it’s even more important than ever to keep up the tradition.” - Gavin
So when we decided it was time to find a space we could open to the public and start a modern blacksmith shop offering community learning, we had no idea how totally into it you guys would be! And that is awesome because what we have here is the years of knowledge and experience gained through our own experiences working and selling as professional artists and designers. It is our goal to help others by passing on as much information as we can and sharing our working knowledge with an interactive and engaged community of those intersted in art, blacksmithing, and project building.
CLEVELAND BLACKSMITHING, LLC is a full-service blacksmith shop and community learning space offering a variety of classes, private lessons, group sessions, welding instruction, architectural ironwork and custom sculpture located in Cleveland's historic neighborhood of Ohio City. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Gavin and Brooke Lehman, Cleveland Blacksmithing aims to enrich people's lives by providing learning and working opportunities focused on the joy of blacksmithing.
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 15 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.
As a Blacksmith for over 22 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.