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Our Mission & History.

MISSION

Black Horse Forge (BHF) instructs veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their supporters in the art and craft of blacksmithing with the goal of providing a sense of accomplishment, mental and physical well-being, and the knowledge and experience to continue the craft in their own communities.

HISTORY

Black Horse Forge was created in 2018 by two retired Desert Storm veterans at Spearhead Stables in Stafford, Virginia. Dave Seitz retired as a lieutenant colonel and served in the Third Brigade, Third Armored Division. He owns the farm and provides the building and property where blacksmithing and other skills are taught. Steve Hotz retired as a sergeant and served in the 325th Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He provides much of the blacksmithing equipment and is passing down his knowledge of the craft.

The farm is home to another retired Army veteran, a black Percheron horse, Gordy. In his younger days, Gordy served with the 3rd Infantry Division at Arlington National Cemetery where he was part of a team (or hitch) that pulled caissons during funeral processions. Gordy grew bigger and stronger than the other horses, making him stand out among his peers. This compromised the height uniformity in the ranks and the team was retired. That’s when Dave adopted him.

Gordy is the mascot of the forge, but the farm is also home to two Clydesdales. Black Horse Forge participants may volunteer to help when these magnificent animals are used in military ceremonies. And we can’t forget Timmy and George, two miniature donkeys who keep the big horses company—mascots for the mascot.

This is our great team

The right people in the right job

Steve Hotz

Director

Dave Seitz

President

Beth Honrine

Treasurer / Safety Officer

Amy Hotz

Secretary

Programs at Black Horse Forge

We offer variety of programs for Veterans and their families.

Blacksmithing

Learn the basics of blacksmithing from forge and fire control to hammer control. You will learn to forge decorative scrolls, hooks, and other selected projects as time permits

Bladesmithing

Introduction into the craft and construction of handmade knives. Students will learn the basics of blade forging, grinding, and heat treatment, as well as how to affix handles to their forged blades.

Tomahawks

Introduction into the craft and construction of tomahawks. Students will create a trade-style tomahawk from scratch using steel, forge welding, grinding, and heat treatment.

Art Jewelry

Emphasizes creative expression and design by using of a variety of materials, often commonplace. Blacksmithing techiques are used to form them into wearable art.

Artistic Metal

The art of executing artistic designs in metal. Create a sculpture, light, table or even a life size draft horse. Create what inspires you. No Limitations just Inspiration.

Home Decor

Learn how to work iron to create useful and decortive pieces for your home. Hooks, Candle Holders and even chandeliers are possible

Events with Gordy

The farm is also home to another retired Army veteran, a black Percheron horse, Gordy. In his younger days, Gordy served at Arlington National Cemetery with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Open Studio

Black Horse Forge is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression.

Black Horse Forge is committted to excellence

Check out our portfolio for inspiration.

Decorative Hook

Decorative hook process.

GuardDog

Decorative Lab made from Horse Shoes

Hunter Bowie

Damascus Hunter Bowie Knife.

VikingAxe

Viking Axe

Heart Pendant

Hand forged heart pendant with traditional finish.

CandleHolder

Candle Holder

SeaHorse

Decorative Sea Horse

Rail RoadSpike

Rail Road Spike Knife.

WoodsmenAxe

Woodsmen Axe

Heart Bracelet

Hand forged heart bracelet with traditional finish.

Coffee Cup Holder

Coffee Cup Holder

YardDog

Decorative yard dog made from scrap metal

FixedBlades

Fixed Blades ready for handles.

TomahawkProcess

Tomahawk process from start to finish.

Belt Buckle

Hand forged belt buckle with traditional finish.

CandleHolder

Candle Holder

LittleBird

Decorative Bird made from silverware, nuts and bolts.

ScrollKnife

Traditional scroll handle knife.

ComboSet

Combo Hunter Bowie and Woodsmen Axe

Chain Bracelet

Chain bracelet with traditional hard case finish.

CandleHolder

Candle Holder

SeaHorse

Decorative Sea Horse

Rail RoadSpike

Rail Road Spike Knife.

WoodsmenAxe

Woodsmen Axe

DamascusBracelet

Hand forged damascus bracelet

ShoeHolder

Boot and shoe holder made from horseshoes

YardBird

Decorative Chicken made from horse shoes

BushcraftKnife

Large bushcraft knife

ForestAxe

Traditional Forest Axe

HairPiece

Hand forged hair piece traditional finish.

How to get involved

We love to hear from you.

Our goal is to have a positive impact on veterans’ lives and the lives of their supporters. This takes time, patience, and focused caring. We are about the quality of our contribution to their lives more than the quantity of people who come through our program. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in our program, we would love to hear from you, learn where your interests lie, and keep you updated as our program expands. Input from veterans and their supporters will help guide us as we grow.

If you are interested in supporting Black Horse Forge, through donation of supplies, equipment, or financially, we are glad to talk with you about the needs of the forge. We are a 501(c)3 federally recognized nonprofit.
For those who are blacksmiths and are interested in donating your time and talent to help veterans, give us a call or send an email. Special classes, guest talks, and time beside masters of the craft will inspire and fuel a passion for blacksmithing for our veterans and their supporters. We are all about that!

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

info@blackhorseforge.com

Read our Frequently Asked Questions

We focus on providing a therapautic family enviroment.

Who can attend Black Horse Forge?

Veterans, Veterans Families and Friends. Active Duty Military, Reserve Military, Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to attend. Everything is provided when taking a class to include material and safety equipment. Just bring a great learning attitude.

Where are you located?

We are located at Spearhead Stables in Stafford, Virginia. The physical address is 81 Whispering Pines Lane, Stafford, VA 22556.

Who are the teachers?

Black Horse Forge instructors are veterans and professionals in their respective fields. Guest instructors often come to our forge to teach and they will be announced when a class is offered.

Can Friends and Family participate?

Family or friends can participate with you as your battle buddy. Participants must be 18 years old.

Do I need any special training?

No special training is needed. If you have special needs, please let us know so we can make accommodations. We want you to enjoy yourself and be successful.

What classes are offered?

Classes range from introduction to Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing, Artistic Metal to Jewlery making. We listen to what you want and we will facilitate the training.

Our testimonials

“My experience with working with veterans in blacksmithing has shown so many positive results. Giving back to my military family along with providing the tools to succeed our essentail elements at Black Horse Forge.”

Steve Hotz

Director Black Horse Forge

“I can’t say enough good things about your company. You are obviously very good at choosing staff. Black Horse Forge Inc is so nice, calls back on time, very organized and good at answering questions.”

Jeff Daniels

USMC Retired

“Thanks as always for the great service. You guys at Black Horse Forge by far have the best attitude, you made me feel at ease when working on my knife. Keep up the great work!”

Zach, Owner

Drop Shot Outdoors

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