I'm Lucas House. My passion with metal began in a high school welding class. I am still amazed at the transformation from raw material that is cold and lifeless to something useful and beautiful. Surrounding ourselves with unique and custom things, help boost the energy in our lives.

IronHouse Forge is an artistic and custom metal studio using any non precious metal to create a wide range of architectural, functional, and sculptural items. Each project is designed, built, and installed with great attention to detail and the specific needs and aesthetics of the clients. We can handle any aspect of a project or collaborate with architects, designers, engineers, and builders. The medium is so vast that new projects can present new challenges and offer the opportunity for continued learning. 




Founder and Owner, IronHouse Forge, Raleigh, NC       2006 - Present

IronHouse Forge specializes in designing and building custom metalwork for both residential and commercial clients, with a focus on creating unique custom designs.


Teaching, Penland School of Crafts. 

"Design, Build, Forge" First session 2016


Teaching, John C Campbell Folk School.

“Blacksmith outside the box”       2008  

“Forging Ideas Into Reality       2009 - 2015

"Tools, Tools, Tools"                    2016


Teaching, Central Carolina Community College, Siler City, NC       2004 - 2009

Classes range from blacksmithing basics to more advanced techniques. In class, students work to apply these techniques to a project of their own desgn


Partner, LiquidForge, Raleigh, NC      2004 - 2006

Co-founded LiquidForge as a metalworking company which produced custom-designed metalwork for residential and commercial applications.


Antfarm Studios, Raleigh, NC       2002 - Present

I am currently the longest standing member of Antfarm Studios, an artist co-op. Participation includes the coordination of open studio tours, organizing studio activities, building maintenance, facility management, and leading bi-monthly co-op meetings.


Paul Lundquist Blacksmithing, Celo, NC       1999, 2000, 2001

I spent several summers working with blacksmith Paul Lundquist as an apprentice, during which I studied the tools and techniques of blacksmithing and gained practical experience by assisting with commissioned projects, including several commercial clients.



“Sculpture Visions” Chapel Hill NC       2012-2013

“Sculpture in the Garden” NC Botanical Garden      2012

“Forged” Juried show Torpedo Factory Art Center      2012

Entry Gates for the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary, NC      2011

News & Observer, “Blacksmith forges beauty from iron” by Diane Daniel       Oct. 20, 2007

North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC.       2007 2008

“Fire on the Mountain” Blacksmithing Festival, Spruce Pine, NC.      2007- 2012

Toe River Arts Council Studio Tour.       2006 - 2013

Boylan Heights Art Walk, Raleigh, NC      2005 - 2013

“30 Something” Show, Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC.       2006

NC ABANA Chapter Meeting: host & presenter      2005

“Antfarm: 10 Years”, NCSU Gallery of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC.       2005


Member, North Carolina ABANA       2006-Present

Advisory board member, Central Carolina Community College, NC       2005-2010

Member, Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC.       2004-Present

Member, ABANA (Artist-Blacksmiths’ Association of North America)       2001-Present


North Carolina State University, College of Design

Bachelors of Industrial Design

Graduated Magna Cum Laude       2004


Penland School of Crafts

“Ignite, Reignite” L. Japheth Howard      2012

“Contemporary Iron Expressions” Claudio Bottero       2011

“Non Ferrous” Michael Bondi       2010

“From Mind to Hand” Teachers assistant with Paige Davis       2010

“Sustainable Blacksmithing” Jeffry Funk      2009

“Seeking the Hammer Muse” EA Chase       2005

“Iron and Glass collaboration” Rick Smith       2003

“Experiencing Blacksmithing” Scott Lankton       2002


John C Campbell Folk School

Teaching assistant with Daniel Miller       2008, 2010


“Creative Metalsmithing”

Workshop with Enrique Vega, Apex, NC.       2007