About Brown County Forge

Brown County Forge is located in Bloomington, Indiana at:

611 W. 11th Street

Bloomington, IN 47404

The best way to contact the shop is via email:


Terran Marks, the blacksmith and owner of Brown County Forge, offers handmade home hardware and teaches weekly blacksmith classes.

About Brown County Forge

The Brown County Forge Story

  • 2011: Terran learned to blacksmith in Brasstown, NC at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
  • 2011-2015: He continued to work for the Forest Service and as a blacksmith until November 2015.
  • 2015: After spending 6 seasons fighting wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, he came back home to Indiana to start the business.
  • 2016-Present: In 2016, he started offering blacksmithing classes. (Since then he has taught over 1100 people from across the Midwest.)

Other Activities

Terran also runs DIY Blacksmithing, a website offering how-to’s, a blacksmith school map, and resources┬áto help aspiring smiths get started.

In response to the site’s popularity he wrote The DIY Blacksmithing Book in 2015.

In 2019, he created an online, video-based blacksmithing course open to all ages and abilities called The DIY Blacksmithing Course.

It’s designed to take you through all of the steps from buying equipment to forging your first projects.

When Terran is not in the forge teaching a class or creating custom ironwork, he spends his time hiking in southern Indiana and reading.

You can contact him with any blacksmithing questions you might have, check out the Classes page to schedule a class, or visit the Shop for your very own hand forged hardware.

Learn more about Terran’s small business journey on GoSolo.