About Hubbardton Forge

We Are Designers & Makers

Today, we are 230 strong, at a company that started out in 1974, with two college buddies in a barn with great creative talent, passion and a vision. Hubbardton Forge is one of the country’s oldest and largest continuously-operating commercial forges, where artisans handcraft each product to order, one at a time in Castleton, Vermont.

We are design-driven. Our designers and makers collaborate to achieve a common vision. All based in Vermont, they are able to share ideas and design intent and their goals both in form and function for each piece.

Manufacturing domestically allows a level of responsiveness to customers we couldn’t otherwise provide, keeps well-paying jobs in the U.S.A., and helps to strengthen our local economy. All of our products, with the exception of the HF Reflections bath collection, are designed and manufactured at our facility in Castleton, VT.

Hubbardton Forge is committed to quality—in our design, in our processes, in our service. Everyone here plays a critical role in delivering beautiful, handcrafted lighting that we’re proud to call Hubbardton Forge. It is our people who set us apart. Talented. Proud. Caring. From designers to engineers, to artisans and metalcrafters…We are Hubbardton Forge.

We invite you “inside,” where we share with you what makes this American success story in manufacturing so compelling…in the end, it is people of passion who make product with purpose.

 

 

Modern American Blacksmiths

In an age of mass-produced, machine-made products, many companies have abandoned the right way of doing things in favor of maximizing profits. We believe doing things the right way is the only way to do business. We make products where the craftsmanship and skill clearly shows. As our Design Director, David Kitts, notes, “We make heirlooms, not landfill.” Any piece leaving our forge is touched by multiple hands throughout the process of its creation. When you look at a Hubbardton Forge lighting fixture, you’re seeing the artistic achievements of a team dedicated to design. Our family of artisans combines traditional craft knowledge with modern techniques and one-of-a-kind tools we’ve created to give you a piece of Vermont history that holds enduring value.

The Art of the Forge

By building on traditional techniques while focusing on fine design, Hubbardton Forge has become one of the most respected brands in the lighting industry. Our award-winning team of designers takes inspiration from everywhere – the natural world, sculptures, architecture and their own innate sense of form and function. Whatever the seed of the idea is – once it’s sketched on paper or computer, or shaped from paper, foam or some other choice material, our engineering and forge teams translate it into a sculpture of metal. It’s this environment of collaboration and the ability to rise to a design challenge that sets our people and our work apart from other luxury lighting manufacturers. We don’t take shortcuts – we take the path that produces products we’re proud to stand behind.

Eco Initiatives

Our artisans work with natural materials like iron and glass throughout their day. Many members of our forge family spend a good deal of personal time outdoors too. It keeps us connected to the world around us. It also reinforces our dedication to thoughtfully manufacture our products using sustainable practices. We’re proud to be industry leaders in this way. For over 45 years, Hubbardton Forge has been committed to saving energy, preventing waste and reducing its environmental footprint. We use innovative technology to reduce waste. Manufacturing uses recyclable materials. We source domestically and partner with local Vermont vendors whenever possible. From concept through final product, Hubbardton Forge designs with energy efficiency in mind. Eco-friendly initiatives we’ve pioneered include: one of the first in Vermont to use powder coating and aqueous metal cleaning; and the first in the world to beta-test a phosphate-free bioremediation cleaner for our wash solutions – a product we continue to use today. We are committed to thinking globally as we act locally.