Darryl Reeves is a master blacksmith who hand-forges decorative and functional ironwork for many of New Orleans’ historic homes and public buildings.

Reeves traces his interest in blacksmithing to his maternal grandfather, who worked on St. Emma Plantation near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Dating to the 1840s, St. Emma was one of the state’s largest…

Darryl Reeves (Blacksmith) – Blacksmith shops pretty much faded away

The forge is a mixture of different old parts. I have a fire pot; the fire pot’s over one hundred years old. I have a hand blower that’s on it that’s over a hundred years old, and I made a table with a retractable hood over it to use as I need in my shop…

Darryl Reeves, a third generation metal worker

His public commissions include the restoration of the ornate fence at the Presbytery in Jackson Square in the French Quarter, fabrication of a new identical fence (using old techniques) for its sister building, “The Cabildo,” and the disassembly …

Metalworker Darryl Reeves in Conversation with Jonn Hankins

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm.

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Master blacksmith Darryl Reeves and the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild repair and restore the historic wrought iron benches and fence finials in Jackson Square.


“I haven’t come across anything I can’t make,” said Darryl Reeves, 57, as he took a small piece of iron and stuck it into a smoking bed of coals. An industrial fan several feet away roared as it swept the smoke from the forge out the back door of Reeves’ Gentilly blacksmithing and welding workshop.

Andrew’s Welding & Blacksmith Shop

What a GREAT EXPERIENCE!.  I arrived in New Orleans for a major medical trade show. Our medical cart, the centerpiece of our exhibit, arrived with one of its aluminum legs snapped off on the Sunday before the show.

Reviving the tradition of the Creole master craftsmen

Over a decade ago when Jonn Hankins worked at the New Orleans Museum of Art, he helped to organize an extraordinary exhibition called Raised to the Trades: Creole Building Arts of New Orleans. Its focus was on the craftsmen and artisan families who were the original builders of so many of this city’s magnificent house