Over 20 years of experience.



Artist Blacksmith

Joshua Swalec has 21 years experience in blacksmithing, welding, metal fabrication, project management, landscape design and construction.  His qualifications and experience are as follows:

  • Graduate of Worcester Vocational Technical High School: study of all welding processes, mechanical drawing, and certified in  stick metal arc welding of mild steel in all positions 1998

  • Beginner’s Blacksmithing course:  Touchstone School of Crafts 1998

  • Jewelry making  I and II: Worcester Center for Crafts  1999-2000

  • Various blacksmithing and bladesmithing courses at the New England School of Metalwork, including the ABS accredited Intro to Bladesmithing 2015 -2018

  • Active member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA), American Bladesmith Society (ABS), and New England Blacksmiths (NEB)



  • Currently working towards Journeyman Smith rating with the American Bladesmith Society.  I have successfully passed the performance test and I am currently working on my set of 5 presentation knives.  Details about this process can be found here:

  • Part time faculty member in the Metals Department at The Worcester Center for Crafts, teaching blacksmithing and bladesmithing, 2015 to present

  • Head blacksmith and instructor at The Worcshop makerspace, 2016 to present

  • Awarded Massachusetts Cultural Coalition grant for public art in partnership with the Higgins Armory Museum

  • Fitchburg Forge-In  (regional blacksmithing competition)

    • Intermediate division champion 2007

    • Professional division champion 2008 and 2010

    • 1st Place- Decorative Trellis Panel 2009

  • Look for Ferromorphics next year at renowned craft exhibitions Paradise City Northampton and CraftsBoston Holiday Show!