Jim Gerlinsky has been using the Blacksmith’s traditional tools of fire, hammer and anvil to earn his living since 1992. His eclectic art demonstrates the breadth of his knowledge of metalwork and shows his ability to manipulate forms in order to create interesting and unique pieces.
Chokecherry Forge is a traditional smithy that specializes in items from the Middle Ages - from the Dark Ages to the High Middle Age to the Renaissance. In the Middle Ages the blacksmith was the lifeline of the community. Anything meant to last was created by a smith. Jim continues this tradition by making candelabras, sconces, candle holders, axes, knives and many other items that are essential around the camp site as well as around the home.
The ornaments, jewelry and decorations are hand crafted to ensure a period look, feel and texture to the item. In the Middle Ages they did not have the machines and moulds that are available today, items were lovingly created by hand - just as Jim creates them today.