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. I currently work full-time as a swordsmith for Baltimore Knife and Sword.

Assistant: Duncan McNamara

Duncan McNamara contacted me in September of 2019 and has been actively forging alongside me since then. Duncan is currently in his second 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.

Partner: 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. With a careful eye and a balanced design sense, Andrew brings a beautiful passion to the craft and an ever present desire to improve. Andrew is now spearheading Jovian Forge and has taken full charge of the knife making involved with Flatline Forge. I am proud to call him my friend, as well as have him on the team.