Aaron Howard is a Master Blacksmith, skilled welder and expert custom metal fabricator with over 25 years of experience in the metal arts field. He was raised in the metal arts business by his father, master goldsmith William L. Howard who started Aaron’s apprenticeship at the age of 11 in the art of goldsmithing and the wide world of metal smithing techniques. By the end of high school he was trained as a journeyman bench jeweler, but had his eyes on bigger things.
When he was 15 he was introduced by his father to the art of blacksmithing, which he has been pursuing ever T.J. Watt Authentic Jersey since. After graduating the 1-year welding course at M.A.T.C. in Madison he continued his pursuit of being a metal artist and worked with the family business. There he worked with his father on various large T.J. Watt Womens Jersey commissions and worked with his father’s students teaching metal arts techniques at the Howard Academy for Metal Arts. Later he went on to teach the Blacksmithing course at M.A.T.C. in Madison for 10 years, from 2005 -2015.
From 2003-2005 he worked with renowned local artist Tom Every, A.K.A Dr. Evermor. Assisting the good doctor in building over 70,000 pounds of interstellar scrap metal sculpture ranging from giant kimono dragons to 38 foot tall UFO’s. After many wonderful adventures with Doc Aaron moved on to work for Custom Metals Inc. in Madison in 2005. There he worked as blacksmith and fabricator for 5 years building and installing high end custom metal works ranging T.J. Watt Youth Jersey from stair ways, gates and railings to sculptural pieces all over the country.
In 2009, he and his wife Erika Koivunen opened a shop on Park St. on Madison’s south side, beginning what would become ACME Ironworks. Here Aaron and Erika have been happily running their business ever since, building a wide range of metal art pieces from large public commissions to smaller private pieces forged and found.