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Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett

Bennett Forgeworks

Ridgway, CO USA

"Much in life has to do with luck but you have to be standing and ready when luck comes along."

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Tom's work combines: Engineering, Art, and Building Things

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Day In The Life


I'm a blacksmith and I own my own metalworking company.


Day In The Life Of A Blacksmith And Business Owner

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Environmental Science

    University of Vermont

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 2.

    I’ve always been passionate about making things.

  • 3.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Vermont.

  • 4.

    After graduating, I moved to Telluride, Colorado, and got a job working as a carpenter.

  • 5.

    I decided to move to Rico, Colorado, to stay with a friend, who introduced me to a blacksmith—he showed me his work and I was immediately intrigued.

  • 6.

    I began working with metal along with the woodworking I was already doing.

  • 7.

    I started getting more work as a blacksmith than I was as a woodworker and it eventually took over.

  • 8.

    I’ve been metalworking for my own company, Bennett Forgeworks, for about 24 years now!