Idaho Forge is owned and operated by Vince Bergkamp. The forge operates out of Boise, Idaho and specializes in hand-forged wrought iron creations.
"I'm trying to make something that has a purpose, that can be used. That's the beauty of blacksmithing—it's art that has a function. And, that's the beauty of steel. Every single piece I make, when you look at it closely it will be quite different."
At Idaho Forge, my main focus is ornamental wrought iron work from projects such as deck railings, driveway gates and iron stairways to kitchen items such as cabinet pulls and pot racks. I enjoy doing all types of furniture: end tables, coffee tables, chairs, stools, mirrors, coat racks and exterior items such as trellises, plant hangars, fountains and all sorts of yard art.
All of my wrought iron work is done by hand using the several anvils I own. I also incorporate my 25 lb Little Giant trip hammer, which is over 100 years old and a 95 lb air hammer that I hand built myself. Occasionally, I employ a helper apprentice in the shop.
Custom-made, hand-forged wrought iron creations out of Boise, Idaho by Vince Bergkamp.
Like many blacksmiths of my generation, I was initiated into smithing through shoeing horses, which I have done for over 30 years. I am a Journeyman level farrier in America and am registered with the Company of Worshipful Farriers of England.
Don't just take our word for it! Read some of our favorite reviews from satisfied clients.
We met Vince at the Eagle Saturday market a couple of years ago. We needed a gate for a breezeway that connected our shop to our house and led to our backyard. We chatted with him for a bit and decided to see what he could do with our ideas. He came by and my husband and I gave him our version of what it should look like. We unfortunately both had our own version. Vince took our ideas and drafted up a few ideas and somehow one of his drafts was a perfect fit for both of us. Vince did a great job on the whole project. You can tell he has been doing this for a very long time and he has passion for his work. We couldn be more happy with our gate and the work Vince did. We would not hesitate to refer him for any project.
“I wanted to let you know what a great job you did on my handrail. It goes perfectly with the house. It looks absolutely wonderful. Thank you also for completing the job for a reasonable price and in a timely manner.”