My name is Benjamin Albert Czyhold, Christian and working blacksmith. Though much of my early life I lived and worked with my mother, father, sister and brother on our family farm. My grand father and great grandfather also farmed, and knew a measure of the craft as befit their occupation. They then passed on what knowledge they had to my father, and when I took an interest in the skills of a blacksmith he taught me what he learned. I dabbled in the craft up until I received a vocational degree in welding and metal fabrication through my local community collage. In 2007 I started Artificer Forge. Shortly after I sought out teaching blacksmiths, and joined the North West Blacksmith Association. I have since had the honor of learning under 10 master blacksmiths over my time in the craft.
Identifying My Work
Most any time there is an adequate flat surface I will apply my name stamp to the work. This is also known as a touch mark. It serves as my signature. The mark is stamped into the steel while it is at a forging heat, and will leave a negative impression in the surface. My mark reads CZYHOLD. It will be placed in a discreet part of the piece were it will not get in the way of the overall design