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Westminster craftsman forges a second career

Westminster craftsman forges a second career

It started as a hobby 32 years ago.

Working around his old house, Nick Vincent wanted to make some hardware. He took a weekend workshop on Early American wrought iron and, by the next weekend, he had bought his own anvil and forge.

In 1991, Vincent left his job with a telephone company and made his hobby his full-time occupation — Nathan's Forge Inc.

Now, he keeps a fairly regimented schedule, he said, working almost daily in his converted barn workshop in Westminster. There he pounds out metal and shapes it into hooks, nails and hinges for wholesale markets as well as creating artistic pieces, such as candlesticks, tables and metal wreaths.

"I'm somewhat...