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Eric & Justin Paetow


Eric Paetow, 47, is a self-taught blacksmith, who has operated his shop, Wenstrom Metalworks for the past eighteen years.  He named his shop for his great grandfather, Claus Wenstrom, a blacksmith in Mankato, Minnesota, in the early 1900's.  Paetow specializes in making reproduction medieval armor for reanactors, armorers' tools for other armorers, and metal work.  He has lived in Coopers Mills, Maine, for the past seven years.

Justin Paetow, 16, the son of Eric Paetow, has just completed his sophomore year at Erskine Academy.  He has been working in his father's blacksmith shop for three years. He forged the knife in the show from a farrier's rasp; he first drew it out to point and rough shaped it, rasp-teeth-hammered it flat, hot-rasped it to its final shape, than  hardened and heat treated it.  He made the handle from a section of elk antler held by a steel pommel that was forged from a separate piece of steel and welded to the blade tang. Justin did all the work except the welding. He would like to pursue a career in the arts.

Work in the Davistown Museum Permanent Collection

Eric Paetow
Welded steel pitchfork, stone
16 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Forge Welded Bowie Knife
Justin Paetow
Forge-welded farriers' rasp with bone handle
21" long x 2" wide

Man in the Moon
Eric Paetow
Welded steel pitchfork, wood
17" x 13" x 2 1/2"


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