Our Story

About the crew

Justin McMurry

Owner, Founder, Blacksmith

Justin working the forge at the paradeJustin running the forge at the Labor Day Parade in Nicolaus, Ca

Justin and Becki McMurry, Owners of McMurry Hand Forged
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Justin is the maker of every piece that leaves our shop, and is the driving force behind each new design. His passion for Blacksmithing started at a very young age when he was given the opportunity to "help" in the Blacksmith shop at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, California. "Helping" consisted of simply just pumping the bellows and being a general "go-fer", as the kind old man running the forge there wanted Justin to be involved, but still wanted him to be safe. It was enough. Ever since, Justin has chased that thrill for shaping metal to one's own whims with fire, hammer and anvil. He is fascinated by the creative process of making, and loves seeing what people create in the pieces he’s made! He is his Father's son, and loves research for research’s sake, and so, finds himself going down the rabbit hole on random subjects from history all the way to science nearly every day. Learning something new every day is the best!

 

Becki McMurry

Owner, Customer Service, Shipping and Receiving, Order Management, Social Media

Becki and her mom Nancy, at Justin and Becki's Wedding

A recent pic of Justin and Becki When they were in Tahoe! I think Justin's face has Becki a little worried. 😂
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Becki is the one you talk to when you contact us! She manages our social media presence and handles all email exchanges. She loves serving our awesome customers and delights in their success! She always says that it's THE BEST when our customers tag us in their pics showing what they’ve cooked in our cookware. It’s like they become a part of our family! She loves thinking that we are part of so many peoples’ family stories through our cookware in some small way. Meals bring the family together! She loves to cook, and is always testing new products at home! She loves reading and being a Mom to our twins, Nash and Esme.

 

Mark McMurry

Production Manager, Machinist, Deep Thinker, Machine Faith Healer and Old Tool Spiritualist

Papa and Leahbug

Papa Mark, and his granddaughter Leah bug bein' silly

Mark and Jim

Mark and his good buddy Jim at a recent show they played!

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Mark is Justin’s dad, and came to us when we first started out on this journey full time. His experience as an old school machinist, engineer and Master Polymath has been absolutely invaluable to us as we’ve grown and expanded. Literally every problem we’ve faced, or hurdle we’ve had to jump has been met with his calm cool demeanor, and gentle, “You know, I remember seeing this problem before.” Don't quote the old magic to him, he was there when it was written. Often, it seems as though he can fix a problem with an old machine just through the laying on of hands. Mark is an audiophile through and through, and enjoys making music with several bands as an extremely accomplished sound engineer, as well as lending his skills as a guitarist from time to time. He describes himself as having an acute problem with GAS, that is to say, Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, as he never met a guitar he didn't like.

 

Serena Hyde

Shipping, Seasoning Department, Inventory Control

Serena and Evaleen

Serena and her daughter Evaleen

Rockabilly Serena

Serena and Evaleen at a recent car show, all dressed up in old school attire!

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Serena, Justin’s little-big Sister, loves all things art, hotrod culture, and mechanics! She and her Husband Tim love going to car shows and swap meets to check out the hotrods and classic cars! She's an avid wrench turner, and enjoys working on her own cars, as well as riding quads and camping in the California Sierras and Siskiyous. Serena also loves woodworking, and has a small woodshop setup at home where she uses reclaimed materials to make all manner of things from furniture all the way to decor and even tools! She recently made a full set of stock bins for the shop that have been awesome! At McMurry Hand Forged, she runs the clean room operations in our seasoning department, and also keeps track of inventory and helps out in the shop when she’s between rounds of seasoning. She uses McMurry Hand Forged cookware at home every day, and is an expert on seasoning and maintenance of carbon
steel and cast iron!

Rebecca V.

Outside Sales

Becca is the one on the left.
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Becca, Justin's little-big Sister, loves camping with family and friends, off-roading, world-wide traveling, swap meets, and antiquing!
When asked to talk about herself, Becca puts on her best cheese face and replies, "I like most kinds of music, especially oldies but goodies. I enjoy singing loud in my car with the windows up and dancing when no one is watching. I like creating fun things in the kitchen, mostly baking, but I won't admit that I can cook for fear that I would be asked to do so. Last summer, I had the opportunity exercise my inner tom-boy in my brother's blacksmithing shop. It was fun and challenging to learn about the trade. This endeavor caused me to seek another creative outlet, leather work. In developing this skill, I hope to contribute to and help grow the family business!"
At McMurry Hand Forged, Becca has taken on the mantle of outside sales, working hard to help get our cookware in local boutiques and small shops. She loves going and seeing the shops that stock our products! She occasionally can be found at the shop, cleaning up handles, and prepping forgings for blasting.

 

About the Company

McMurry Hand Forged was born out of an insatiable curiosity for all things old and rusty.


My childhood was shaped while in the shed along side my father as he redeemed all the broken things through pure ingenuity. Nothing was too broken or beyond repair. Often his creative repairs were birthed from the challenge of an empty pocket. 

    His tenacity was reborn in me. 

My forge can be found off of the beaten path, tucked in amongst the sleepy orchards outside of Modesto, California. It is in this sanctuary where I redeem cast off shards of metal, revive the forgotten histories of rusty tools, and forge new items that will stand the test of time.

Family

The McMurry family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support. The purchase of McMurry Hand Forged cookware supports small business, and helps us enjoy our small little slice of paradise with our beautiful twins Nash and Esme.

From Justin, Rebecca, Nash, and Esme McMurry, we wish you many excellent meals full of love and joy!