Russell founded Vulcan’s Forge Jewelers in 1986, after completing a 7-year apprenticeship in metalsmithing. Experience in fabrication, machine work and retail customer service gave a solid background for running a custom jewelry store.
Over 30 years of custom work, he has created some truly unique pieces, pushing the boundaries of what can be called jewelry. “I enjoy the challenge of creating something that has never existed. It’s very rewarding to make something unique from a customer’s idea. We are now seeing a second generation. The children of couples I made wedding sets for are coming in for wedding jewelry of their own. Several have told me they would not consider getting their special jewelry anywhere else.”
Russell’s talents extend to creating armor and weapons, and restoring his 105-year-old home and 50-year old cars. Scuba diving and travel round out some of his outside interests.
Senior Bench Jeweler
Byron began working for Vulcan's Forge in January 2006. After graduating with a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry from K-State in 1997, Byron went to work for noted silver-artist Robyn Nichols. When he heard about Vulcan's Forge, he realized what an opportunity it was for him to grow in his interests. For the past few years Byron has made thousands of custom pieces, much to the pleasure of our customers.
In school, I took every art class that I could sign up for. It was in ninth grade that I took my first jewelry class. My sophomore year in high school I was told that, “If you can carve it into wax, you can cast it into metal”. I was immediately hooked. I spent all the time that I could in the art department until I graduated and I have been designing and creating ever since.
I am inspired by symbolism, mythology and folklore. I believe that everyone and everything has a story. The lessons of life have been passed down in myth and legend for as long as people have been able to communicate with each other. For nearly as long, people have adorned themselves with things to tell their own stories and express who they are as a person. I am blessed with the ability to tell those stories in metal to create treasures worthy of being inherited and passed on.
Vulcan's Forge Jewelers | 3936 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111 | 816-931-6303