72 School Street, Grafton, Vt.
In the historic village of Grafton, Small Town Forge is a blacksmith shop where owner Aaron Anderson produces high quality, old-fashioned wrought iron products, from lighting fixtures and hooks to everyday household items.
Anderson first started his career as a blacksmith in his early 20s, when one summer he helped a friend with their blacksmith practice. After his six-month “apprenticeship,” the blacksmith friend moved away. Anderson found that he enjoyed the work, and he has been doing it since.
About six years ago, Anderson was living in Andover, Vt. when he found an ad in the newspaper for a blacksmith in Grafton.
Built and used as the town forge since circa 1870, the blacksmith building at 72 School Street is a unique piece of history and is owned by the Windham Foundation. The forge runs on coal, and all the products are hand-hammered. “There was a blacksmith there before me and there will be one after me,” Anderson explained.
Anderson produces a variety of traditional iron products such as hooks and racks, hangers, door pulls, candleholders, lamps, shelf brackets, coat trees, chandeliers, and more. Custom work is also available. Interested customers can call 603-998-0720 to speak to Anderson about projects and pricing.
While most of Anderson’s products are sold wholesale to customers in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, he also has display boards in area businesses such as The Vermont Country Store. Customers can drop by the Small Town Forge as well.
Especially heading into “the foliage season,” the Small Town Forge will be open for walk-ins – even on the weekends. Anderson also participates in Grafton “walk through” days where shops are opened up so the public can step into local history. The winter hours at the Small Town Forge are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.