Philip Cromwell has been a blacksmith and metalworker for over 20 years. After getting his start with the Blacksmiths’ Guild of the Potomac in northern Virginia, he spent several years making nails and other simple projects as a hobbyist. After completing a history degree focusing on medieval and early modern material culture at the University of Edinburgh, he returned to the US and served a 6-year apprenticeship at R.E. Piland, Goldsmiths. In 2009 he left the gold shop for the Pennsylvania Institute for Horseshoeing, and has been a full-time farrier for the past 14 years.
Beginning in 2023, Philip began transitioning from full-time horseshoeing to producing a full catalog of high-quality housewares, tools, and historically-inspired and reproduction items. As of spring 2023, Feather Foot Forge will partner with a local wood shop to begin design and production of a line of wood-and-metal products for the home and garden, as well as handling the fabrication aspect of custom furniture for discerning clients.