A life-long friendship began while attending high school in eastern North Carolina between Francis Vega and Neal Carlton. They went their separate ways after graduating, but reconnected in 1981 to discover a shared passion to create and make art with iron. Many weekends were spent scouring flea markets for traditional blacksmith tools, converting an old tobacco barn into a work space and building a coal fired forge. In 1999, Cricket Forge was established. The first bench designed under the Cricket Forge name was the Butterfly, now their signature piece.

Cricket Forge partners with sculptor Don Drumm of Akron, Ohio, a prolific designer who works primarily in cast aluminum and pewter. But when he creates art to be constructed in aluminum or steel, Drumm puts his designs in the hands of Cricket Forge who takes his work to final form, bringing life to his spirited and whimsical art.
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