Matt Waldrop (left) and assistant Jeremy Duke (right) photo by Frank Bott.

Matt Waldrop is an artist blacksmith with over 20 years experience in metal work. He does sculpture, furniture, architectural ironwork and has his own line of cabinetry hardware with his apprentice Jeremy Duke in Zirconia, near Asheville, NC. He works with designers, architects, contractors and homeowners from concept to execution. Recently Matthew has teamed up with Liberty Hardware® to help create the Homegrown Hardware™ cabinet hardware line available at select Home Depot® stores and available online at

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Matt began his career in metalwork at age 16 with blacksmith/sculpture Steven Mills that made medieval armor, swords and knives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Later, he moved to the State of Tennessee and continued his education learning welding skills at Tennessee Tech. He also spent time training in general mechanics. He spent several years working in ornamental iron shops such as Kirwan Industries in Cincinnati OH doing architectural and structural metalwork. In 2002 Matt opened his studio, Northern Crescent Iron, under the advisory of retired blacksmith Tom Ervin, in Taos, New Mexico where he focused on ornamental metal work, cabinet hardware, furniture and artwork. In 2005 Matt relocated Northern Crescent Iron from Taos to Asheville NC. From 2006 untill 2010 Northern Crescent Iron was located at the Phil Mechanic Studios in the Asheville, NC River Arts District. The Phil Mechanic and it's owner Jolene Mechanic are fantastic and are missed.

Today, Northern Crescent Iron is located at 875 McAlpine Mountian road in Zirconia, NC where Matt lives and works with his wife Jennifer and their four beautiful daughters, he stays busy with his assistant, Jeremy Duke, doing customized commissioned work in everything from unique forged sculpture to custom architectural metalwork. Matt has a rare and special talent with creative concepts. He firmly maintains that any object can be interpreted and created. His work can be purchased directly on - Visitors and potential clients are also welcome to come to his home and workshop by appointment, please visit our contact page to make an appointment.

If you wish to do business with Matt or would like to commission a project or piece, Please read our Terms and Conditions and go to our contact page in order to get started. Thanks for visiting.


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