Mayport Native Wins “Forged in Fire” Contest on History Channel Hit Show ::

SYLVA, North Carolina (EYT) – A Redbank Valley graduate recently took home the win on the History Channel’s hit show “Forged in Fire.”

(Photo by Terri Clark Photography)

Mayport native Matthew Shirey is $10,000 richer after winning the show’s Season 9 premiere, which aired March 30.

Each episode of “Forged in Fire,” a History Channel competition series in its ninth season, features four “blacksmiths” who compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving $10,000. and the show’s champion title “Champion Forged in Fire.” The series is hosted by Grady Powell.

Shirey now lives in Sylva, North Carolina with his wife, Terri, and two sons, Liam and Asa. He has been running Shira Forge since 2005 and made it a full-time gig in 2017. He is a member of the American Bladesmith Society and an alumnus of John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School of Craft.

Shirey’s journey to becoming a blacksmith began in 1999 when he attended a weekend workshop at Cook Forest State Park.

He also attended Clarion University, where he studied anthropology and sociology.

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