A family business founded in 2016, the Newquist Forge blacksmith shop is located on the island of Marrowstone, and is run by husband and wife team Erik Newquist and Radha Newsom. Together, they create the Newquist product line that you see today, inspired by the idea that the objects and tools around us need to be functional, long lasting and beautiful.
Erik has been a blacksmith for more than 20 years. After he received his artistic training at the Penland School of Craft, he apprenticed with artist blacksmiths Paul Thorne and Rusell Jacqua in the Pacific Northwest. Radha adds the critical eye and fanatic love of cooking, the product photography, and communications.
All products are hand forged by Erik in a timber frame shop on the edge Mystery bay. Starting at the Port Townsend farmers market, Newquist Forge is now selling locally, nationally, and internationally through the online store and has focused primarily on hand hammered woks, cookware and garden tools. With hand hammered woks being so rare, we have high demand, and the online store is only open 1-2 days every three months before sales are closed to allow Erik to hand hammer all the cookware that has been ordered.
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 try and hand hammer the woks, he learned so much about function, technique and the cultural heritage of the wok from Grace Young’s Breath of the Wok.
Erik creates custom architectural work for customers on the Olympic Peninsula, and sells at the Jefferson County Farmers market, WA, and art shows. He is always tinkering in the shop creating new additions to the line of garden tools, cookware, fire tools and home décor.