Kent & Shannon
Kent and I have been together since 1989. Together we have 6 children aged 2-24. Starting out young, we worked many jobs to support ourselves over the years. We have always made a point to find joy in what we do to earn a living, even in entry level positions. Kent's pursuit of the arts led him to blacksmithing. As a young man, he was introduced to the craft and it caught hold. He served as an apprentice on and off for a cumulative decade, learning the basics through repetition and thousands of hours of grunt work.
Toiling over fire and anvil to hone his skills working in iron fit right in with Kent's love of this city and her architecture. He's spent years studying our founding fathers, the brewers and builders that gave Milwaukee her distinct look. He shares that passion with every member of our family. You can't drive anywhere in this town without passing a building that Kent knows the history of and will tell you all about. By age 10, our boys could take you on a tour and would be able to tell you if the ironwork on a building was done by Cyril Colnik, the master blacksmith in Milwaukee 100 years ago. Our personal story *is* our business because our business is our family.
We are Milwaukee Blacksmith, a family owned and operated business. We have been in business for 10 years, starting with a business partner in the beginning to acquire the tools and first year start up we needed to begin. We took the profits from a large project 5 years ago, bought out our business partner and became a full time family business.
My name is Shannon and I handle all the invoicing, marketing, promotion and press for the shop and organize events. I also take care of incoming email requests and scheduling for classes. Our daughter Zoey is invaluable at preparing large quantities of stock for production and design work. Our 3 sons; Miles, Birdie and Oscar all apprentice with Kent in blending traditional blacksmithing techniques with modern conveniences.