Oct 5, 2015
Jerry Frost is a hobby blacksmith who goes by the handle “Frosty
the Lucky” on the I Forge Iron Forum online. He currently lives in
Wasilla, Alaska where he's the president of the Association of
Alaskan Blacksmiths. Frost has been a hobby smith since he was a
child. His main interests in life are metalwork, people, puns and
What We Talked About
- Jerry got into blacksmithing because his father was a metal
spinner and a machinist. Some of his earliest memories are of his
dad doing work at home on a metal spinning lathe in Southern
- His dad actively discouraged him from blacksmithing by telling
him to “learn a paying trade.” But Frost continued as a hobbyist
for fun and as a fallback skill.
- He was also influenced by 1960s show “Have Gun Will Travel”
where the main character is stranded and takes iron from a wagon
wheel to make weapons and clothes. Frost loved that kind of
- Another early memory is he would go out in the back yard to
make very rudimentary knives without parental supervision.
- Now he has 30’ x 40 red iron steel shop building. His tools
include a cutoff saw, a horizontal/vertical bandsaw, hand grinders,
two anvils and a power hammer.
- Frost became disabled in 2009 while cutting firewood in his
backyard. He was hit by a falling tree and received multiple
injuries including a broken neck and traumatic brain injury. He
survived, hence his nickname “Frosty the Lucky”.
- Frost works with a propane forge and he has created the “Frosty
T-Burner” that he says is simple to build. He's working on a
written and illustrated instruction manual to help people build
these burners. He enjoys mentoring and helping others through the I
Forge Iron forum online, where he is a beloved and prolific
- Frost belongs to the Association of Alaskan Blacksmiths. He
helped organized it as a new chapter almost 10 years ago and was
elected president for what he thought was a 2 year term. However,
he has now been elected president for life. He jokingly calls it “a
life sentence with no chance of parole.”
- The club is currently going through a growth spurt with many
new, young professional blacksmiths joining. Some people travel
300-400 miles to attend meetings.
- Frost came to Alaska because his older brother lived there. He
always wanted to live in a cabin in the woods after growing up in
LA. He got a job at a service station and did some construction
work. Then worked for the state inspecting asphalt trucks.
- Frost always enjoys getting together with other blacksmiths to
work together, chat, eat pizza and invent tools. He and some
friends recently invented a new kind of scrolling wrench, which he
- Victoria: What blacksmith would you like to learn from, dead or
- Jerry says he's learned something from every blacksmith he's
ever watched. But he would like to work with Thomas Powers, another
member of I Forge Iron. “So many people out there know so much that
I don't. I like to learn new stuff, I love the learning
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