About Mark Schramm
My first encounter with Blacksmithing was in 1990, when I was working at A. A. Callister's, a cowboy store in Salt Lake City. I took care of all farrier tools and equipment, and worked in the feed barn. Ned callister, the Owner asked me to help organize and put together a Farrier Competition. During the Competition I saw horse shoes forged out of straight bar stock, handmade fire pokers, small candlesticks and hoofpicks out of horseshoes, all being forged from hot steel. I was hooked I had to do this thing. so I bought a small gas forge, a 80lb. Anvil, a forging hammer and a few tongs. I was 33 years old and have now been forging for 22 years. In 1992 I was introduced to Bonneville Forge Council, part of a nationwide blacksmith organization called ABANA. This club is dedicated to keeping the Art of Blacksmithing alive and well. I have been attending these meetings for 20 years. In 1996-97, I left Callister's and went to work for Harmony Forge in Alpine Utah, a high end ornamental iron shop. (no longer in buisiness) In May of 1998, I attended Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing. This was a three week corse, and the only formal schooling I have had in this Art. During these years of working and practicing this art, in the late 90's through 2002, I was found and recognized by the Utah Arts Council, as a true Folk Artist. I also have a Forged piece of Art in the Utah Archives. Every May for the next 4 years, I attended there Living traditions Festival, along with Artist from all over the State. In March of 2000, I attended a 3 day workshop on the Restoration and Repair of Little Giant power hammers in Nebraska City, Neb. Sid Suedemier was the instuctor. In late 2002 I went to work for another high end ornamental iron shop called Pioneer Welding. (no longer in buisiness) I worked there for 3 years. In 2005 while working for myself, I sent an application and was accepted in into 2 very high dollar shows, the fist was the Western Design Conference in Cody Wy. The second was in the spring of 2006. The Southwest design Conference, in SantaFe New Mexico. In the summer of 2006 I went to work for a friend at Lightning Forge, and worked for him a year. In the fall of 2007, I went in Buisiness with a few friends. It went well for the first year. We got the commission for all new hardware for the Old faithfull Inn in Yellowstone National park, for there restoration project. In 2009 we closed our doors, due to no work. In 2010, I went to work for This is the Place Park, a living history park in Salt Lake City. This is were I came to know many other people with Old World Skills. It is now 2012, I am 55 years old, still Love to hear the Anvils ring, still create one of a kind works of Art, and still teach all who are patient enough to learn. I thank all those who have left there teachings in my thoughts, and I will forever pass their knowledge and my knowledge to all who are hungry to know, Mark
Here at Iron Eagle Forge, my wish is to give to you, the finest handmade, one of a kind piece of Metal Art. And to let you know that this part of American Industry is still here and Proud to serve this Country and You. Thank You, Mark.