How we Work
Our Craftsmen and a typical Project Overview
Owner, Artist Blacksmith, Sculptor
Matthew began his career in blacksmithing and custom metalwork at the age of 16. He entered into a traditional 4 year apprenticeship with master blacksmith and industrial designer, Alphonsus Moolenschot. Mr. Moolenschot was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at it was there he was taught the craft of blacksmithing as a young boy.
Working as an apprentice to this master craftsman afforded Matt the opportunity to learn the craft, in the most traditional manner possible. After completing his apprenticeship, he went on to work for 6 years at the Michael Coldren Co. specializing in historic and reproduction hardware. He also worked in Philadelphia, Pa as an industrial blacksmith for Guytano Mazzola at Mazzola & Sons, as well as a few other large scale architectural shops.
In 2007, Matthew opened Harris Metalsmith Studio, with the desire to be a leader in the field of architectural metalwork. Along with working on a steady stream of architectural projects, he is currently working on a series of forged sculptures, vessels, and a line of furniture. He has been married for 10 years to his wife Heidi, and they enjoy raising their 4 children. Matthew is also a skilled musician, worship leader, and he enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Craftsman, Fabricator, and Blacksmith Artisan, Ron Harris, brings to the studio a variety of craftsmanship skills and is the lead man on any of our wood pergola projects. He has also cultivated fine skills in the area of repouse’, a French technique of creating leaves and form, from sheet metal. He also oversees all of our finish and paint work in the studio. Ron, has a degree in Botany from Cecil College, and spent his career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Since retiring, he has joined his son, Matt Harris, as a metal craftsman. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of over 40 years, Maxine, 4 children, 7 grandkids, and is an active board member for a children’s home in Africa. He is also a skilled woodworker creating cabinetry, and fine furniture. Ron has also won several ribbons for his decoy and wildfowl carvings, at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, and the Havre De Grace Decoy Festival. Other pursuits include photography and bird watching.
You can call Matt Harris at 443-553-6642, or email to discuss your plans or project. If you have any questions, ideas, photos or blueprints email them and we will begin working on designs and estimates for you. We are able to work with anyone from a single homeowner to residential and commercial contractors and architects.
Our wide selection of finishes are designed to bring out the textures and details of our work. Click here to view samples of our interior and exterior finish options.
Steel, Historic Wrought Iron, Stainless Steel, Bronze, Copper, Brass, Zinc, and Aluminum
From listening to your ideas, to the installation. Here is an overview of how a project works.
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Recent Blog Posts
Read writings from Matt Harris, owner of the studio and, an a modern innovator in the craft of metalwork
Hey! I just want to take this opportunity on July 4, 2014 to say how thankful I am. I’m thankful for the freedom to create, work, and live in freedom. I’m also grateful to all of you who support our business by ordering online or commissioning a custom project. Thank you again! Matt Harris
Happy April! Hey, I would like to show everyone a recent project we completed. Harris Metalsmith Studio installed these forged bronze shower pulls, in a gentleman’s shower and dressing room. We hot bent 1-1/4″ Naval Brass in to a gentle, undulating curve. The end were then heated and bent at a 90 degree, to enter […]
Hello Spring 2014! Well after a llloooooonnnnnggggggg winter! We are busy hammering out and designing several projects. Railings, fireplace doors, lighting and a fencing job. Many of these projects have started with a simple email or phone call, and I say thank you for all of you who chose to order your hand crafted ironwork […]