ABOUT THE HELDERBERG BLACKSMITH
Using techniques practically as old as its namesake escarpment, the one-man operation behind Helderberg Blacksmith, Noah Khoury, is a rare study in colonial techniques revived and preserved. “I don’t do things much differently than the smiths 200 years ago did,” he notes simply, choosing to continue time-honored blacksmithing techniques of heating raw steel in a coal-fired forge and shaping his pieces with repurposed antique tools.
Trained in his father’s blacksmith shop in Altamont, NY, at the base of the Helderberg Escarpment, Khoury is a homegrown New York son who continues to source his ingredients from New York’s Capital District and to draw from a rich tradition of Hudson Valley iron smithing. A B.F.A. in metals from Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft in turn equipped Khoury with a deep appreciation for hand smithing techniques and the art of self-supplied craft. “Many of the tools I use, such as tongs and hammers, I forged myself,” he offers.
The 24-year-old Khoury is undeniably one of the Capital District’s foremost young talents in historical ironwork reproduction pieces, all while still offering a robust assortment of contemporary designs out of his Altamont, NY forge. Through his everyday items, Khoury offers beautifully, functionally wrought objects for the present—all while acknowledging the storied traditions of the past they draw from.