Our Story

Newquist Forge was founded in 2016 on Marrowstone Island, WA by Erik Newquist and Radha Newsom. We are inspired by the idea that the objects around us need to be functional, long lasting and beautiful.

Today, we are a three person team. Erik's shop lives at the top of hill in a hand hewn timber frame building. Along with 7 anvils and almost exactly 89 hammers there is the power hammer, hydraulic press, band saw, induction forge, propane forges --all the necessary tools of the trade.

We sell locally at the Port Townsend Farmers Market, and through our online store, focusing primarily on hand hammered woks, cookware and garden tools.  The online store is only open 1-2 days every three months. Newquist Forge also creates custom architectural work for customers on the Olympic Peninsula. 

Our goal is to produce functional and beautiful tools and cookware that last a lifetime. All products are tested for functionality, ease of use, and durability.

 Inspiration for woks came from the daily meals of fragrant fried rice and pad thai cooked in woks while on a lengthy cycle tour in Thailand and Laos. When Erik began to hand hammer woks, he learned so much about function, technique and the cultural heritage of the wok from Grace Young’s Breath of the Wok.

Erik Newquist on a cycle tour in Thailand and Laos.