Wendell August Forge is the last enduring working forge in Pennsylvania. This forge was the first using the repoussé process of manufacture, operating since 1932. In the past the forge created customized items for Walt Disney and ashtrays for the ill-fated Hindenburg.
Visitors may tour the workshop, viewing skilled artisans and craftsmen creating one of a kind metal giftware. Metalwork may be made of aluminum, copper, fine pewter, solid bronze, and sterling silver. Guests are encouraged to participate by hammering to fashion their own creation in the workshop.
At its beginning in 1932 the forge was housed in a simple one-story building within a residential neighborhood. The steel framed structure was on a poured concrete foundation, 60 feet by 160 feet in size. Unfortunately a tragic fire destroyed this historic facility on March 6, 2010. It was replaced with a modern facility opening on October 9, 2013 to resume full operation. In addition there are 5 retail stores in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio.
Within the new 52,000 square foot facility is a history center sharing its proud story. Its gift shop has over 1,000 handcrafted items with Amish and country designs that were made at Wendell August Forge. In addition to unique pieces suitable to all tastes and styles holiday ornaments are available.
The repoussé process used at the forge is a French term for a metalworking technique. This technique fashions metal by hammering from the backside to produce a low relief design.
Workshop tours free to the public and open year round
January – May
Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 PM
May 28– December 28
Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 PM
Extended holiday hours in December, but is closed on major holidays.
390 Lincoln Avenue Grove City, PA 16127-4325
Grove City is a borough 30 miles east of Ohio and 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. It has historically been a traditional industrial center with a current population of 8,024. Its manufacture has included carriages, foundry products, gas and locomotive engines, and motor trucks.
Slippery Rock is a borough of 3,068, only 7 miles south of Grove City. It is within 10 miles of the junction of US 79 and US 80. One may be curious of the derivation of its name. Its hilly terrain supports strip mining of coal in an agricultural area.
North Country National Scenic Trail is a multi use trail that enters seven states traveling 4600 miles starting at Crown Point New York ending at Lake Sakakawea State Park North Dakota. The trail passes 31 miles south of Grove City, PA.
Grove City is a 3-½ hour drive of 235 miles from Rochester NY. Drive west on I-90 Thruway to Erie PA then US 79 toward Pittsburgh. Take exit 113 on route 208 to Grove City.
In addition to touring this historic foundry the tour gives a special opportunity to make your own keepsake.