A Jackson County resident will appear on the History Channel’s ‘Forged in Fire’ tonight

Matthew Shirey has forged his own path in the world of blacksmithing for over two decades, honing his craft for over 20 years and running his own forge since 2005. Nestled high in the ridges of Jackson County, Shira Forge is the creative product of Shirey’s interest in living history.

Shirey’s unique style is the result of the study of 18th and 19th century metalwork and cutlery combined with the lessons learned from forging all of its products literally by hand.

Shirey officially started Shira Forge as a business in 2005 and turned it into a full-time business in 2017. Shira Forge is unique because of its variety and consistency. At Shira Forge, he forges knives, axes and cooking utensils. There is something for everyone. You can have a hand-forged heirloom piece in your kitchen, your woodbox, and on your belt.

The world will have a chance to see him work tonight at 9 p.m. on the History Channel’s “Firged in Fire.”

“I’m always captivated by my work,” he says on his website. “There is something magical about forging iron that strikes a chord with me. Whether I’m forging a knife, an ax or a frying pan, I never tire of watching the iron transform under the careful guidance of my hammer. Every day is a learning process, and I seek the lessons that iron and fire have to teach me.

Shirey’s goal as an artisan is not only to create beautiful objects, but also to master ancient techniques and pass on this knowledge to advance craftsmanship.

“I want to know that I could go neck and neck with a blacksmith from 200 years ago and keep up with it,” he says. “It’s also important to me to share this knowledge gained with others and so I take every opportunity to teach that comes my way, whether it’s bringing a youngster into my shop or giving demonstrations. at craft fairs and festivals.”