What’s in a Name?

Your first question may be “why ‘The Forgery‘, doesn’t a blacksmith work in a ‘smithy’?”.

The answer, of course, is yes.  The workshop of a blacksmith has traditionally been called a smithy.  However, I really, really don’t like that term.  I’m not sure why, but it irks me for some reason.

So when it came time to choose a domain name for this site, I had to think of something different.  A lot of smiths use ‘The Something-or-Other Forge’ (i.e. Great Oak Forge, Running Deer Forge, or whatever).  That’s fine, but I couldn’t think of an appropriate Something-or-Other that seemed to fit, and that was available.

Others use ‘Something-or-Other Ironworks‘.  Again, the same problem as above.  ‘Ironworks’ also seems a bit too industrial / large-scale for what I’ll be doing.  And besides that, such names are all too often used by fabricators, not just by smiths.

For the longest time, I just couldn’t think of anything – and then ‘The Forgery’ just popped in my head one day, and I liked it.  I think it’s a bit of a whimsical play on words.  My long term goals also include doing restoration work, and doing replicas of period hardware.  If I do end up doing that type of work, perhaps I can market my reproductions as “Authentic Forgeries“.

What do you think?

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