Rod started welding in high school, served in the Army and went on to college and directed his study to courses in metal technology. He started working with steel in 1979 making custom parts and exhaust systems for Harley Davidson Motorcycles. In 1989 he moved on to working as a welder in a metal factory building prototypes prior to production. In 1994 Rod worked full time in a farm machinery fabrication shop where he started doing extensive blacksmith hand forging and decorative ornamental iron work on the side as a hobby. In 1995, Rod started making the first tools for a few selected friends that were participants in large barbeque competitions in Southern California. Sullivan Iron Works started in 2003 as Ornamental Metals Fabrication Shop also making the “Ogre Tools - The Finest BBQ tools made” We continue to design and make the highest quality products available today and strive towards complete customer satisfaction.

I enjoy trying to recreate the craftsmanship and quality of the iron working masters of the past.”

Brief Bio

Sullivan Iron Works is a small family owned shop in California doing custom iron and hand-forged ornamental iron art.


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Sullivan Iron Works

Orangevale, CA

Custom Iron Work and Ornamental Metal Art

Contractor’s License #872281