Durand Van Doren

I have been an Artist Blacksmith for over forty years. Over the course of my career I have made many thousands of pieces and have had no dissatisfied customers. The essence of my work is the celebration of the individual; one smith, and what he can do to inspire the future and honor the past.

See my work locally. A big, particularly elaborate new hand railing installation is at the outdoor creekside patio of Gimme! Coffee in Trumansburg, and includes extensive flora-fauna detail work. On the Cornell campus: the Cascadilla gorge gate; the gates in Minns Garden on Tower Road; the lanterns at the front of Willard Straight Hall; at the Plantations visitors center and around the grounds; and more. The Plantations created a phone app that leads to sites with my pieces.

Elsewhere, I have a sculpture on the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre gates in London, England. I've also made pieces for the National Park Service, the Women's Rights park (Seneca Falls, NY); historic Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondack Park (NY); and for many private collections.




Durand's Forge, 6341 Carman Rd., Trumansburg, NY 14886


Please call but I am usually in my studio from 8:30am to 4:00pm


Take Route 79 heading west out of Ithaca to Mecklenburg. Bear right at the sign that says “Trumansburg 7 mi." (Route 228N). Go less than a mile and take the first right, onto Carman Road, where a small yellow anvil sign points the way. Go about half a mile and the Durand's Forge sign will be on your left. It's a small sign, so go slow!


I have wielded a blacksmith’s hammer for over 40 years. With an extensive network of private and commercial clients, I have exhibited widely in such prestigious venues as:

The American Craft Council’s Rhinebeck and Baltimore fairs
Paradise City’s Columbus Day Weekend Show, Northampton (MA)
The Morristown (NJ) fall craft fair
The WBAI (NYC) spring and fall craft events

My work has been sold in respected stores and galleries including:

Portico/Portico Bed & Bath in SoHo (Manhattan), Westport and Greenwich (CT), and Short Hills (NJ)
Macy’s, America House Gallery (Tenafly, NJ/Piermont, NY), Pendragon Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland

I have been spotlighted in such publications as:

The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer (Inquirer Magazine), New York Magazine (“Best Bets”)

I won the award for “Most Innovative Use of Materials” at the 1998 Philadelphia Furniture Show.

I teach blacksmithing classes at my Mecklenburg shop; participate in ongoing apprenticeship programs through area schools and agencies; and accept private commissions.

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