Our story begins not unlike so many others, with a young college football player unsure of his life after football, searching for a path that would allow him to explore his love of art and passion for creating work by exploring his imagination. After his first year taking a metal sculpting class at Eastern Oregon University, Matt Orthmann realized that he had found that passion.
There he learned how to weld and cast sculptures of bronze and aluminum. One day while scrounging for steel behind the school shop, he and two of his good friends uncovered what appeared to be a large half round pipe, about two feet long with burners attached to the top and lined on the inside with fire proof insulation. It was an old forge, in disrepair and requiring some much needed attention. Much to their surprise it fired up, barely, so over the course of the term Matt and his friends nurtured the old forge back into working condition.
With a working forge and a new passion for knowledge that burned as hot as the forge itself, Matt found himself falling in love with an age old craft. For the next three years Matt would delve into the art of blacksmithing, eventually switching his major over so that he could focus on his craft eventually basing his senior practicum on his work as a blacksmith.
Graduation brought with it a whole new world of challenges and opportunities. In January of 2014 Matt followed in the footsteps of family members before him and enlisted in the United States Armed Forces, enlisting in the Oregon Army National Guard. In the same month he followed another dream, starting a custom blacksmithing business.
After returning from Army Basic Combat Training, Matt went to work building his business and honing his craft. Since then he has grown his business installing custom ironworks all over the Pacific Northwest including Oregon, Idaho and Washington state.
In 2019 Matt joined the ranks of a long and proud line of skilled warriors, graduating from the Army Sniper School. This was another step in the direction of honing his craft. Like the sniper fieldcraft, blacksmithing takes hard work, precision, dedication and extreme attention to detail. This is a testament to the character and work ethic of the man behind the work and is evident in his skill as a blacksmith. Matt believes in challenging himself in every aspect of life, to putting forth the greatest effort in achieving the best product possible in any challenge he takes on. He believes in his craft, in serving others and creating the highest quality work for his customers.