John Rigoni

    I am a firefighter and journeyman blacksmith.  This site is a sounding board for my obsession, that being ironwork.  I started smithing in 2004 and haven't looked back.  I was lucky enough to attain a work visa after college and traveled across the pond to Europe to work as a journeyman smith.  I worked in the shops of Andrew Rowe in Wales, Terry Clark in England and Uri Hofi in Israel.  I now run a small shop here in Texas with the intent on creating beautiful work.


Marine Corps infantry 1999-2003

University of St. Thomas 2004

B.A. History/Classical Studies at the University of Houston 2005-2007

Work Experience


Llyn Gwynant sheep gate.  Snowdonia, Wales UK

Spices Sculpture.  Cardiff stadium, Wales UK

Church railing. Pembroke, Wales UK

Ring walkway. Wales UK

Leaf sculpture. Wales UK


Oxford gate, physics building. Oxford, England UK


Tongs, hammers and tooling


Model stand for the University of Houston's Architecture dept. used in the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Oxen log holder for Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.