The Coal Iron Works story is a good one! Nathan Brandt & Andrew Davis had an idea. To build a c-frame press that would fit better within their residential shop. From the scraps of an old press that Andrew built and pulling rusted I-beam from the local scrapyard, they welded their first frame with a “vintage” stick welder and a lot of ingenuity. Trial and error slowly assembled a functional press that operated on standard household power; thus the first 16 ton was born.

Nathan and Andrew are passionate about teaching the next generation of makers all they’ve learned while building machines. Growing the local job market and exposing many to the incredible value of working with your hands and taking pride in what you do is are things that things that they are focusing on.

Check out the video of a bearded axe being forged!