When he was young, handsome and single!
When he was young,
handsome and had more hair!

Bill demonstrating colonial blacksmithing.
Bill demonstrating
colonial blacksmithing.

William Fitzgerald
Master Blacksmith

For seven generations there have been blacksmiths in the Fitzgerald family; men who worked their trade with skill and with pride -- from the farms of County Limerick in Ireland, to the horse counties of Westchester and Putnam in New York, and Fairfield in Connecticut

Since 1973, up until just recently, I had continued my family's tradition caring for horses. Along the way I developed my artistic skills. I can make a handmade nail, one-of-a-kind fireplace tools, a pair of custom iron gates, tables, lamps, chairs, a chess set, or anything else that uniquely fits your needs.

I have demonstrated the antique art of blacksmithing in New York at Muscoot Farm, Teatown Lake Reservation, Smith Tavern and Van Cortlandt Manor. And have been the subject of a documentary film on blacksmithing.

As a farrier and a blacksmith, I have been a contributing consultant for Back to Basics, a how-to-craft book published by Readers Digest.

For me, custom ironwork preserves the best of the ancient traditions; It is making something of beauty that will long outlive its original use.

By Hammer By Hand is a gift shop located approximately fifty miles north of New York City in Putnam County. It's a short hop from Westchester, Dutchess and Fairfield Counties. Here my wife, Phyllis and I bring together many unique, all-occasion gifts and household items, including iron items made by me.