Auxier Creek Forge
Blacksmith Shop
John & Beth Lovin
21735 E. Bakerville Rd
Belle Rive, IL 62810


Auxier Creek Forge

John and Beth Lovin

We carry a wide variety of handmade, traditional, American crafts. Our own Auxier Creek Forge ironwork, and soaps, candles, decorative stones, rustic furniture, baskets, purses, pottery, phone cases, and wooden kitchenware, all made by local craftsmen.

We are 1 ½ miles North of Belle Rive, Illinois and ¼ mile west, or exit 89 on Interstate 64, 1 mile south and ¼ mile west.

Hours: Sunday 1-6, Monday-Saturday 9-5 (It's always best to call first!)
Call: 618-731-5661 or 618-973-0278

All items are handmade and sizes are approximate.



As an artist blacksmith I am proud to produce the finest in hand forged ironwork, each piece created by hammer, fire, and anvil, drawing from generations of craftsmen the processes, designs and nostalgia of a time gone by. I appreciate what was made and how a piece was made a century and a half ago, then to reproduce a similar item using antique tools and techniques, incorporating my own expression in design and function. I honor the traditional nature of the craft, knowing that a blacksmith from 1850 could walk into my shop and comfortably start working. My work is labor intensive, yet I find immediate satisfaction, for I see the work take form, from start to finish. If we are to understand where we are going as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a country – then we have to understand where we have been, and I believe that’s where the knowledge of traditional crafts has the greatest value.