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No one imagined a coal industry blacksmith would inspire Wendell August of Brockway, Pennsylvania to start a tradition of personalized metal giftware that 90 years later remains the perfect keepsake for Christmas, wedding, baby, and home.
Just outside of Berlin is the 13,000 square foot timber frame structure that houses Wendell August Forge, one of five retail locations and the only one in Ohio that feature unique, one-of-a-kind handcrafted metal giftware that made Wendell August famous.
Inspired by the craftsmanship he saw in a coal mining blacksmith’s work, August saw an opportunity to create beautiful objects of decorative ironware that could be affordable. The business was born and the first product line introduced one-of- a-kind fireplace andirons, candlesticks, lighting standards, doorknockers, latches, railings, and grilles for windows and doors.
The Berlin facility features an expansive 5,000 square foot showroom and visitors are always delighted with the World’s Largest Amish Buggy made by a craftsman in the region. Overhead 300 feet of track carry a model LGB Train while an old fashioned nickelodeon plays multiple instruments and memorable songs.
A museum area gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the company while the interactive hand hammering room brings out the inner craftsman and allows guests to take home a creation they have made themself.
The gift shop boasts more than 1,000 different items handcrafted in the Wendell August workshops in Pennsylvania like Amish and country designs and keepsakes, Christmas and holiday ornaments and plates, unique wedding gifts, baby gifts, military gifts, serving pieces, home and desk accessories that suit all tastes and styles.
No trip to Ohio’s Amish Country is complete without a drive through the farmland on Route 62 to Wendell August Forge.
M-Sat 9-5; Apr-Dec until 6 pm, closed Sun
Open Late Fridays til 8pm through Oct.
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