and#8216;Sparkle Pony’ wins it for Mountain Forge
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee/Tahoe is full of arts and artisans showcasing their creativity through paint on canvas, details in woodworking, ceramics, jewelry, and, lest we not forget, metalwork.
Our resort community has seen recent growth in craftsmanship through the influx of gated communities like Lahontan and Martis Camp. However, before the glamorous Martis Camp Lodge and Family Barn kicked off a boom of development, there was Lakeshore Boulevard in Incline Village, Nev., the west shore of Lake Tahoe, and Squaw Valley’s Hidden Lake.
In those beginnings was a little blacksmith shop on the River Road into Tahoe City run by an Austrian named Hans Standteiner. That shop has grown to become Mountain Forge, a modern-day, high-tech blacksmith shop crafting products from 26-foot-tall colorful steel flowers to delicate 1-inch bronze acorns.
To local builders and homeowners, Mountain Forge is synonymous with high quality decorative metalwork; and now the blacksmithing community at large has also come to recognize the skill and talent of the Mountain Forge boys. At the California Blacksmith Association’s Annual Spring Conference held in Petaluma, Calif., Mountain Forge took top honors at an impromptu forging competition. Matt Cristiano and Anton Standteiner won first place with their forged connections, while Colby Kalmbach and Robby Salas won third with their forge-welded piece entitled Sparkle Pony. The conference was attended by more than 450 association members who voted for their favorites after the close of the three-hour competition.
and#8220;It was an honor to win, and it made me proud to see my boys celebrated by our contemporaries in this way,and#8221; said Anton.
Mountain Forge, Inc. is located at 10950 Industrial Way in Truckee. Visit http://www.mtnforge.com or call 530-550-0511.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
I just read Tom McClintock’s piece about inflation, and I can’t imagine he lives in the same world as I do. In his mind, sustainable (“green”) energy that offsets climate change is “bad policy.” He…