About Hawthorne Forge
Located in Desloge, Missouri, Hawthorne Forge was created by John Wigger and Joe Nipper. Born and raised in small towns in Southeast Missouri, their families became neighbors and they began sharing their passion for forging metal. As a young man, Joe learned much of his blacksmithing skills under the world renowned blacksmith Tom Clark. Joe has shared his knowledge with John over the past few years. Always growing their knowledge of the trade and never hesitating to try something new, Joe and John enjoy every minute of blacksmithing! Their desire to create pieces with great detail and function began to catch the eye of many. What began as a hobby between two friends with full-time jobs has become something they want to share with more metal admirers! In 2019, Joe and John decided to go on their own routes. John will continue with Hawthorne Forge.