Hand Wrought

Wendell August is America’s oldest and largest forge, drawing on a century-old Pennsylvania legacy to handcraft all manner of housewares and accessories. Each one-of-a-kind piece is painstakingly hand-wrought without the use of production machinery. Before Wendell McMinn August founded the forge in 1923, he worked in the coal industry. He hired a coal mine blacksmith to make door latches for Wendell’s home. The beautiful, inexpensive hinges inspired Wendell to change course, founding a company to create one-of-a-kind candlesticks, doorknockers, fireplace andirons, and the like. Soon the forge expanded to aluminum gates and elevator doors, building its name and reputation. Then, they added metal giftware. Sales soared as the company produced hand-forged Christmas ornaments, vases, and jewelry. Today, the blacksmiths still use the same eight-step process of metal crafting from the forge’s inaugural days. No two Wendell August pieces are completely alike, but each is an equally intricate, exquisite addition to home or wardrobe.

Wendell August

Forged Metalwork

Hand Wrought

Wendell August is America’s oldest and largest forge, drawing on a century-old Pennsylvania legacy to handcraft all manner of housewares and accessories. Each one-of-a-kind piece is painstakingly hand-wrought without the use of production machinery. Before Wendell McMinn August founded the forge in 1923, he worked in the coal industry. He hired a coal mine blacksmith to make door latches for Wendell’s home. The beautiful, inexpensive hinges inspired Wendell to change course, founding a company to create one-of-a-kind candlesticks, doorknockers, fireplace andirons, and the like. Soon the forge expanded to aluminum gates and elevator doors, building its name and reputation. Then, they added metal giftware. Sales soared as the company produced hand-forged Christmas ornaments, vases, and jewelry. Today, the blacksmiths still use the same eight-step process of metal crafting from the forge’s inaugural days. No two Wendell August pieces are completely alike, but each is an equally intricate, exquisite addition to home or wardrobe.
Handcrafted
Made in the USA

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Will
    Will

    Hello Grommet! My name is Will, and I'm the President of Wendell August. We pride ourselves in providing handcrafted gifts for life's special moments. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

  • Monica
    Monica
    2/5/2015 12:44 PM

    How heavy are the bow ties? I think my teenage son would love this! He likes being just a little different.

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    2/5/2015 12:49 PM

    @Monica Glad you like it! Your son will love the lightweight 1.6oz bow tie.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn
    2/5/2015 2:53 PM

    Oh my gosh, I live in Southern California, but have been to Wendell August in Amish Country in Ohio (on the way to Walnut Creek). It is SUCH a wonderful place to visit. Nice to see you, Will!!!

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    2/5/2015 3:03 PM

    @Kathryn It's always wonderful to hear from Wendell August fans. Hope to see you again Kathryn when your back for a visit stop in to see our artist's workshop in Mercer, Pennsylvania!

  • clint
    clint
    2/5/2015 3:13 PM

    What a great product and quality craftsmanship. I have seen the bow tie and it is incredibly light with great attention to detail, and the engraved initials make it such an awesome custom piece. Great design Will. Best of luck

  • Lynette
    Lynette
    2/5/2015 4:01 PM

    How is the tie attached to the shirt?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2015 4:05 PM

    Hi Lynette, there is a 16" adjustable elastic band attached to the back

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    2/5/2015 4:11 PM

    @Lynette in addition to the 16" adjustable elastic band to allow for a comfortable fit we also added a easy open and close eye hook. No fuss or muss just flip up your collar fasten your eye hook and adjust for a comfortable fit!

  • Amy
    Amy
    2/5/2015 5:20 PM

    Can he really wear this tie?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2015 5:59 PM

    Hi Amy, the elastic band and lightweight make it very wearable. And you never have to worry about it coming untied.

  • Christopher
    Christopher
    2/5/2015 10:51 PM

    Golly, I love it, but...it's a lot of money! Any chance of a more affordable version in the future?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Wendell August

Forged Metalwork

Hand Wrought

Wendell August is America’s oldest and largest forge, drawing on a century-old Pennsylvania legacy to handcraft all manner of housewares and accessories. Each one-of-a-kind piece is painstakingly hand-wrought without the use of production machinery.

Before Wendell McMinn August founded the forge in 1923, he worked in the coal
industry. He hired a coal mine blacksmith to make door latches for Wendell’s home. The beautiful, inexpensive hinges inspired Wendell to change course, founding a company to create one-of-a-kind candlesticks, doorknockers, fireplace andirons, and the like.

Soon the forge expanded to aluminum gates and elevator doors, building its name and reputation. Then, they added metal giftware. Sales soared as the company produced hand-forged Christmas ornaments, vases, and jewelry.

Today, the blacksmiths still use the same eight-step process of metal crafting from the forge’s inaugural days. No two Wendell August pieces are completely alike, but each is an equally intricate, exquisite addition to home or wardrobe.
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Wendell August - Forged Metalwork

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Will
    Will

    Hello Grommet! My name is Will, and I'm the President of Wendell August. We pride ourselves in providing handcrafted gifts for life's special moments. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

  • Monica
    Monica
    2/5/2015 12:44 PM

    How heavy are the bow ties? I think my teenage son would love this! He likes being just a little different.

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    2/5/2015 12:49 PM

    @Monica Glad you like it! Your son will love the lightweight 1.6oz bow tie.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn
    2/5/2015 2:53 PM

    Oh my gosh, I live in Southern California, but have been to Wendell August in Amish Country in Ohio (on the way to Walnut Creek). It is SUCH a wonderful place to visit. Nice to see you, Will!!!

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    2/5/2015 3:03 PM

    @Kathryn It's always wonderful to hear from Wendell August fans. Hope to see you again Kathryn when your back for a visit stop in to see our artist's workshop in Mercer, Pennsylvania!

  • clint
    clint
    2/5/2015 3:13 PM

    What a great product and quality craftsmanship. I have seen the bow tie and it is incredibly light with great attention to detail, and the engraved initials make it such an awesome custom piece. Great design Will. Best of luck

  • Lynette
    Lynette
    2/5/2015 4:01 PM

    How is the tie attached to the shirt?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2015 4:05 PM

    Hi Lynette, there is a 16" adjustable elastic band attached to the back

  • Will
    Will – Special Guest
    2/5/2015 4:11 PM

    @Lynette in addition to the 16" adjustable elastic band to allow for a comfortable fit we also added a easy open and close eye hook. No fuss or muss just flip up your collar fasten your eye hook and adjust for a comfortable fit!

  • Amy
    Amy
    2/5/2015 5:20 PM

    Can he really wear this tie?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2015 5:59 PM

    Hi Amy, the elastic band and lightweight make it very wearable. And you never have to worry about it coming untied.

  • Christopher
    Christopher
    2/5/2015 10:51 PM

    Golly, I love it, but...it's a lot of money! Any chance of a more affordable version in the future?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.