PM 1st and 3rd Fridays
of each month.
In the Forge at the Gulf
Branch Nature Center
3608 North Military Rd.
Chapter History &
BLACKSMITHS' GUILD OF THE POTOMAC (BGOP)
is a nonprofit educational
organization and an affiliate of the
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA). We are
located in Northern Virginia and serve members living in the
Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland area, stretching into
Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
BGOP was formed
through the vision and efforts of H. Eugene Montgomery in August
of 1979 by a small group of individuals. This group received
instruction in forging ornamental iron from Nol Putnam of White
Oak Forge and Jim Flemming of Yonna Valley Forge. Our membership
in October 1979 barely exceeded twenty. As of October 2003 we
have grown to more than 250 members.
To preserve, enhance
and interpret the American cultural tradition of artistry and
craftsmanship in hot worked steel and other metals.
To promote wider
community interest in ornamental ironwork and tool making as an
art form, through meetings and shows as well as educational
To provide guidance
to beginners and experienced smiths alike, creating fellowship
with all who share an interest in blacksmithing.
To give the
general public opportunities to experience the history, visual
and tactile pleasures unique to the creation of functional and
Guild of the Potomac disclaims any responsibility for any and
all injuries as a result of any construction, design, use,
manufacture, advice or activity undertaken as a result of the
use of any information received from this web site. Always
wear safety glasses in the shop. Hearing protection,
respirators and protective clothing should also be used as the
BGOP Forge at Gulf Branch Nature Center (2009)