Kretschmer Shops

Kretschmer Shops

Unique Solutions in Metal

Description

I grew up in the Denver, Colorado area in a very creative, mechanical family. My father had a small metal working shop where I could play and learn.

After high school and some college I traveled about the country working different jobs including: construction, theater, police and fire services, and land surveying; but, I ended up back in construction work.

I eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay area working for a super high-end construction company (Paragon General Contractors, Inc). I worked my way up the corporate ladder from carpenter / hardware installer / locksmith to a division manager and Safety Officer. During my 20+ years with Paragon I was constantly asked to repair, modify, build door and window hardware, and make specialty metal items for our clients, and job sites. In 1998 the CEO and I decided to make my little hardware shop a division of the company. This way I could work fulltime on the manufacture of custom hardware without it affecting my other corporate duties.

I manufactured hardware in my shop with Paragon until August of 2004 when my wife, Lynette, and I decided to move back to Colorado. We wanted to be close to the grand kids and have a slower, simpler lifestyle. We settled in the Loveland area, and I have set up a workshop on our 40-acre ranch.

I attended the Turley Forge Blacksmithing School for a total immersion in the traditional methods of blacksmithing, as well as attending many continuing education seminars held around the Colorado area each year.

I am a member of Artists Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA), Colorado Metalsmithing Association (CoMA), and I am the current President of Rocky Mountain Smiths.

I now manufacture door and window hardware as well as fireplace tools, electrical cover plates, grills, colonial period accouterments, and many other custom metal items in my 2800 sq. ft. full service Blacksmith / machine shop west of Loveland, Colorado.

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