Who am I?

My name is Gari Jimenez-Lugo, I’m a Journeyman blacksmith specializing in cutlery and pattern welded steel. I spent a few years studying as an apprentice to Philip Harrison, most of my apprenticeship involved working in museums and renaissance festivals along the eastern seaboard. I bring a love and understanding of science and engineering to the craft while respecting historical tradition.

Apprentice: Duncan McNamara

Duncan McNamara contacted me in September of 2019 and has been actively forging alongside me since then. Duncan is currently in his first year at Virginia Tech with plans to pursue a degree in Materials Science Engineering.

Duncan’s main goals for blacksmithing are to apply what he learns from the craft to his schooling and utilize the background knowledge. While most younger smiths choose to focus on knifemaking, Duncan is looking forward to making more traditional architectural ironwork.

Apprentice: Andrew Flores

Andrew and I met in February of 2020 at the NovaLabs makerspace on a chance encounter, he had his first knife with him and it was “all down hill from there.”

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Andrew lived life as an accomplished chef in Washington, DC. A career as a chef has led to an intense familiarity with both using and caring for high-end cutlery which has further blossomed into the creation of Japanese-style blades from scratch. Andrew is picking up on the skills of the trade, demonstrating his intense drive and passion for the craft. I am proud to have him on the team.