We had the good fortune of connecting with Clay Montgomery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clay, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always been fascinated with the way things were done by our ancestors and starting a Blacksmith business allowed me to explore that. It also allowed me to help keep a dying trade alive. I had been carrying around an old piece of railroad track for 20 or 25 years with the thought that someday I would use it as a starter anvil. In 2015 I retired from a management position and the blacksmithing journey began.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The art of blacksmithing was one of those that with the rise of machinery was no longer a necessity. At one time every town would have had at least one blacksmith shop who would make and repair all kinds of tools and household items. Luckily there has been a renewed interest over the last few years in blacksmithing and in particular bladesmithing (the art of making knives and other bladed tools). Since blacksmithing is no longer necessary for everyday life it seems that most shops are fairly specialized, and I think that is one of the things that makes us different although I make a lot of cooking utensils I will try to make just about anything (except knives) and really enjoy custom orders. I think one of the hardest parts of owning a small business is being found. Something that has helped with this is we joined the GO TEXAN program which led to me getting to make stuff for the 6666 Ranch Supply House something I am really excited about.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would go to the Stock yards in Ft. Worth and Fossil Rim in Glen Rose. We would eat at New York Hill in Thurber, BJ’s pizza in Mingus and Mel’s diner in Mingus, we enjoy our local establishments and support their small businesses as often as we can.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife Kristie is unbelievably supportive. She works a full time job and then goes and helps all weekend at shows and events.