Flat Rock, NC
Hand forged production and custom ironwork since 2002.

Our Journey

Northern Crescent Iron started the same way many of the great small companies that our nation is built upon have started. One man, in his garage, with a dream to make a living doing something that he loves.

Meet Matt Waldrop, owner of Northern Crescent Iron, and the man with the dream to modernize blacksmithing and show the world the beautiful and artistic side of iron working.

Starting at age 15, as a knife maker under armorer Steve Mills, Matt developed a real passion for the art of blacksmithing. In the early years, as he began making his own wares, the extensive travel to sell his creations in the larger cities, made trains and the railroad a significant part of his life. Matt quickly became a train and railroad aficionado. This led him to pick up a railroad spike one day and forge a knife for fun. Soon he was selling them at fairs and local events along side other artistic creations. Today, with a full line of knives and bottle openers from sleek and simple to elaborate and intricate, an extensive line of door and cabinet hardware, and beautifully designed railings and artwork, all made with revolutionary new tools and systems, his dream is being realized. Now Matt and his team continue to expand and grow while teaching and mentoring local youth to fulfill their dreams and keep the great art of blacksmithing alive.

Meet Northern Crescent Iron – A Uniquely-Specialized Team Who Cares

At NCI, we are professional team of blacksmiths, welders, fabricators and apprentices. We sell a variety of products from personalized groomsman gifts made from railroad spikes, hand-forged cabinet hardware, sculpture, furniture, and custom architectural ironwork such as railings and gates. All of our products are 100% handmade and hand-forged. We also offer CNC plasma cutting and welding services. We can cut parts and fabricate structural components for light industry and residential / commercial construction.

We practice managed growth with a core team, some members of whom have been with us since NCI’s doors opened to the public. We foster loyalty by offering support, ongoing training, a year-round core internal team to grow with, good paying jobs, and a fun, unique environment. If you are a blacksmith or are interested in employment opportunities, please contact us.

Our team loves creating ironworks using an old world process in a new world way. Made in North Carolina, and sourced and created in the USA, you can rest assured that every product is hand-forged by our local team and finished with care.

Matthew Waldrop, President

Northern Crescent Iron, Inc.


Matthew Waldrop
Owner, Founder, Blacksmith

Matt has been working in his trade for over 25 years. He founded Northern Crescent Iron in 2002. He has a passion for blacksmithing, strives to advance the trade and bring high end ironwork to the masses.


Jeremy Duke
Operations Manager, Blacksmith

Jeremy has been smithing for NCI since 2008. He is a husband, father and our general operations manager.

Christine Fraunfelter
Office Manager, Customer Service

Christine is our general office manager and customer service agent. Need help ordering? Questions? Send us an email or contact her at 828-848-8884 (M-F 8am – 4pm EST).


Adam Howell
Assistant, Blacksmith 

Adam is our full time apprentice blacksmith.


Adam Berardi
Welder, Fabricator 

Adam is our decorative welder, tool builder and metal fabricator.

Customer Reviews

I ordered a number of hand forged pulls for a restoration project in which I was involved and was more than pleased with the quality, style and solid detailing of everything… as well as the great service and helpful advice.

Tim G.Carmel, CA

Matt at Northern Crescent Iron turns out top notch products. I’ve ordered dog ID tags, railroad spike knives, and bottle openers, and plan to order some cabinet furniture. Everything I’ve ordered so far has been perfect…

Chris S.Brentwood, CA

Couldn’t believe how great the customer service was! And the speed with which we received our custom railroad spike bottle openers was impressive. I know the groomsmen will LOVE their special gifts! Thanks again!

Andy D.Columbus, IN


CNC Plasma Cutting, Welding and Custom Architectural Ironwork

We can work with you to build custom metalwork pieces made to your specification. View our Custom Ironwork page for examples of the custom fabrication services we offer.