Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Ken
The Man-in-Charge - Since 1988

Ken’s Custom Iron was Ken’s dream after his time working at the railroad. He was fascinated by everything he learned in his first few years working at Burlington Northern and knew there was so much more he wanted to learn. Since then, his blacksmith shop has become where he spends much of his time, including his free time. When he’s not pounding on hot iron, you’ll find Ken riding his horse, watching blacksmithing videos, working on vehicles, or thinking up new ideas for Ken’s Custom Iron.


MaryLou
The Boss Lady - Since 1988

We would make a list of everything MaryLou does around Ken’s Custom Iron, but that list is extremely long and ever-changing. Let’s just say she does it all: from being Ken’s striker at the anvil, to the official Power Hammer painter, to the “shipping department” of our online orders, to taking care of the bookwork, and much, MUCH more. She certainly isn’t afraid of a little hard work and enjoys working side-by-side with Ken every day. In what little free time she has, MaryLou likes to work in her garden, ride her horses, and make delicious desserts. 

Zaldie
The Right-Hand-Man and Do-it-All Guy - Since 2014

After searching for a career in the construction industry and doing drywall for 8 years, Zaldie found a home with metal. If there's a job that needs to get done, Ken and MaryLou can count on him to do it. Around the shop, besides cracking sarcacstic jokes, he most enjoys working with hot iron, running the Power Hammers, and using his creativity to see his ideas come to life. When he’s not watching a Minnesota Wild game, Zaldie enjoys working on new homebrew recipes. 

Samantha
The Office Girl - Since 2016

Daughter of Ken and MaryLou, Samantha joined Ken’s Custom Iron after she finished her time in the military. She handles mostly everything office related: customer service, marketing, graphic design, videography/photography, preparing online orders, etc., though she’s not opposed to getting her hands dirty in the shop when she’s needed. She has an endless list of hobbies that includes horseback riding, weight-lifting, cooking, skydiving, and hiking. 

Justin
The Rookie Do-it-All Guy - Since 2017

Five years of Active Duty service with the Air Force sparked Justin's interest in working with metal. Mixed with his love for trucks, this interest has been taken to a whole new level. He would like to eventually offer a line of truck products to include bumpers, light bar brackets, steps, and more. Working previously as a laser-table operator, he hopes to learn more about blacksmithing from Ken. When he's not kept busy with fixing things at his and Samantha's ranch, Justin loves to work on his truck and spend time outdoors.

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