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.
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 years fighting wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, he came back home to Indiana to start the business.
- 2016-Present: He started offering blacksmithing classes. (Since then he has taught over 1000 people from across the Midwest.)
To keep track of what’s going on at the forge, please check out the Shop Blog.
Terran also runs DIY Blacksmithing, a website offering how-to’s, a blacksmith school map, and resources to 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 the Brown County Hills, reading, and running his invasive species and brush removal service in Bloomington, Indiana.