raised in Stoughton, Wisconsin, I have been interested in art
and working with my hands since an early age. While living
in Colorado I had my first exposure to blacksmithing at a local
welding shop, and I was hooked. I moved back to Wisconsin soon
after that to enroll in the welding program at Madison Area Technical
College. I honed my welding skills and learned much about metallurgy
in this course. I had an instructor that knew of a local artist/blacksmith
in the area that had taken on apprentices before.
After we talked
for a few months he agreed to have me come out and start an apprenticeship.
I ended up apprenticing for three years then stayed on and did
production work for two more years after that. In 2007 I had a
chance to purchase a house and an old blacksmith shop next to
the house. I did so and took the next year renovating
© Luke Proctor
the shop a
lot and the house a little. I opened L. Proctor Ironworks in 2008
and have been producing hand forged home decor ironwork in the
arts and crafts style and showing at fine craft shows including
American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, and St. Paul,
as well as other shows around the country.
I will be working all day on various projects from my line of
studio is located on Hwy 92 in Mt. Vernon. The front of the shop
is on a steep incline, but access from my driveway to the left
side is easier to walk up. There is a gravel path.
1712 Hwy 92
Mount Horeb, WI 53572