Positively West Virginia
Positively West Virginia
Episode 170 - Andrew Rice - Sky Forge Metal Works
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Sky Forge Metalworks has brought an element of creativity to homes and businesses of the DMV area since 2014. Andrew Rice, the owner, knew the moment he took his first class in Blacksmithing, that it brought something to his life that was missing before. He fell in love with the Romance of the age-old artistry, and the story it brings to every home and business he touches. There aren’t many “true blacksmiths” left in the modern world, but Andrew has managed to balance the age-old art with the challenges of the 21st century.

 

 

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:29 Andrew, take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your business. 
  • 4:18 What is your 30 sec. pitch for your business?
  • 5:19 Can you tell us more about how you got started with forging metal? Where did you take your first blacksmith class?
  • 6:50 What part of the process are you showing in the video on your website where you see chunks of metal flying off the steel as you strike it with a hammer?
  • 8:12 Does your degree in physics help you to better understand blacksmithing?
  • 9:02 Can you talk a little more about the mentorship/ apprenticeship you had to go through to become a blacksmith?
  • 10:43 Can you tell us more about the custom iron railing side of your business and how important it is to you?
  • 13:17 Can you give us an example of how your clients want a story behind what they’re ordering from you?
  • 15:26 How does it make you feel as a business owner and artisan to be able to tell people that your work is featured in a restaurant in Washington D.C.?
  • 16:47 What are you most excited about for your company right now?
  • 18:25 What geographic area that you serve?
  • 19:09 What has been your best business moment so far?
  • 19:52 How long did it take you to complete the restaurant job in Washington D.C.?
  • 20:25 What has been your worst business moment so far?
  • 21:54 PWV Commercial Break
  • 22:36 What is the long term vision you have for your business?
  • 24:22 Do you install your custom railings after you’ve fabricated them?
  • 25:21 Did you have a different career path before you decided to become a blacksmith?
  • 26:56 What is one piece of advice that you’d give to young people who are thinking about starting their own business?
  • 28:15 What is one thing that you do every day that you think contributes to your success?
  • 29:15 What is one book or podcast that you’d recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs?
  • 30:53 Is there anything else you’d like our listeners to know about you or your story?
  • 32:00 How can our listeners learn more about your company and perhaps even get in contact with you?
  • 33:39 Outro 

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