Stanwood couple’s relationship forged in steel

STANWOOD – Travis and Abby DeWall have been surrounded by art and creativity for most of their lives, so it’s no surprise that’s what brought the couple together.

“It’s a little different for both of us, but it kind of brought us closer, and that’s why we’re married and doing this now,” Travis DeWall said.

In 2017, DeWall’s Forge LLC was launched, and Travis and Abby sold their handcrafted items through their store and workshop.

Travis said he started blacksmithing and blacksmithing when he was just 14 years old.

“I really liked the story and I really liked working with my hands,” Travis DeWall said. “I went to a few Renaissance fairs where I saw blacksmiths working and demonstrating. That kind of put the bug in my system; I had to try it.”

At the start of his foray into the art of blacksmithing, his methods and tools weren’t always up to date, but that didn’t stop him from forging ahead.

Soon he began to perfect his craft and his process became simpler.

“I would light a real hot fire in the pit and just blow on it with a hair dryer to make it as hot as possible, put a piece of metal in it, wait for it to heat up and make a one bit of bending on it,” DeWall said. “It was really tough but it worked. Since then, I never tire of it. »

Abby DeWall’s background is similar, with a unique artistic flair.

Coming from a family of artists, DeWall said she was surrounded by art from a young age. But once she entered high school, her creative output and potential began to grow, thanks to her art teacher at the time.

“For a while I just thought art was just drawing,” said Abby DeWall. “She showed me clay and the potter’s wheel and all that. Suddenly art wasn’t just on paper anymore; it was taking my thoughts and putting them into something that can be useful.

Now the couple are able to make and sell items made from virtually anything, such as wood, steel, iron or clay.

For the DeWalls, there is artistic potential in every object, and straddles the line between artistic vision and functionality.

It’s what makes DeWall’s Forge LLC uniquely local.

“I always say to myself, I am a professional recycler; I take people’s scrap steel and love turning it into something, either useful or decorative,” Travis DeWall said.

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