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Theodore Docteur was raised on a small farm in upstate New York. When Ted was a child, his father used to take the family to many working museums. Ted always gravitated towards the blacksmiths. He loved to watch the iron in the fire.

In 1969 Ted bought his first anvil for five dollars. Although only nine years old, he has many fond memories of his first experiences with hot iron.
!979 Ted volunteered to help drill water wells in Haiti. He is still in awe over the skill of some of the metal smiths he met there. His fathers old adage "use it up,wear it out, make it do ,or do without."hit home. There he learned to make something out of nothing.
The 1980's brought Ted to Montana, and while there attending a big game guide school, he had the privilege of working with a prominent

He received his first commission at age 12, for a set of Hot Toddies. He learned more of the craft through high school, mentoring with a retired US Army Blacksmith. In Montana while going to a Big Game Guide School, he was privileged to work with a prominent blacksmith for a short term, and there, realized how blacksmithing is indeed "King of the Crafts." Also while in Montana, Ted worked with a timber frame company, as well as log home builders. He was part owner of a helicopter logging company, and repaired heavy equipment while logging. He forged slicks, broad axes, and fabricated heavy repairs for the equipment.

Ted worked for a timber frame company in Maine during the mid eighties and traveled and studied much of Massachusetts. Connecticut.,and Maine for old world iron and techniques. The late eighties he was back in Montana working timbers and logs for large structures and incorporating architectural iron.

Seeking more exposure, He spent the decade of the nineties as a diesel mechanic and heavy duty repairman out of local 12, Los Angeles, Ca.He repaired heavy equipment from San Diego to Santa Barbara. While living in Southern California, He thoroughly explored the museums,design centers, and met with many talented artisans.

In 2000, he became a full-time architectural blacksmith, and received a large commission on a local private lodge. He has since worked for some of the top 1% of the world class.

He has extensive expertise working with stone, marble and wood, and has a special affinity for combining his blacksmithing work with dissimilar metals and materials such as reclaimed and hand hewn woods, brass, copper, and stainless steel.

Ted has travel the U.K. and studied the iron work throughout the castles and cathedrals of Scotland and England and has been heavily influenced by the late great Masters

Ted enjoys working with the client, architects, and designers. Although he knows there is nothing new under the sun, it is gratifying to feel that some of his design elements are original.

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Ted has an inspired love for the craft of Blacksmithing. He has a genuine appreciation for the older master blacksmiths and their incredible talent. He feels nothing compares to the old methods and traditional joinery of that era.