Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop
Hand-forged Handmade Knives

1691 17th Road, Bark River, MI 49807
George Potvin Blacksmith Maureen Potvin, Manager
Phone: 906-466-2276 (for quicker response)
E-Mail: kd8sde@gmail.com

Ten Mile Creek Gift Shop features the hand-forged and completely handmade knives created by blacksmith and bladesmith George Potvin and collection of artwork created by many juried artists from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and beyond.

George Potvin has been working with iron since the age of thirteen and creates wonderful items in his blacksmith shop on the property. His hand-forged and COMPLETELY handmade knives with sheaths are available in the Gift Shop. He creates several patterns of Damascus and high carbon steel made in the United States for blades. GEORGE OFFERS CUSTOM WORK, HAND-SCRIMSHAW, REPAIRS, AND SHARPENING AS WELL AS CLASSES IN BASIC BLACKSMITH TECHNIQUES. GEORGE OFFERS A ONE DAY CLASS IN BASIC BLACKSMITH TECHNIQUES and other classes by request. This is a one-on-one class so he will give you his undivided attention. Fee is $200.00. Please call 906-466-2276 (for quicker response) or E-Mail for additional information and scheduling your class.

Sandabar Stag, imitation amber with brass hilt and pommel.
Tooled Sheath.
Old Marble's blade reclaimed and updated with
stabelized tiger maple. Tooled Sheath.
Primitive, Finish Pukko, and Green Tiger Maple Knife.
Example of Geoprge's hand-done Scrimshaw

Cigarette or Business Card Cases
Dave McKnight: Marble Arms Style Miniature Axes

The Gift Shop at Ten Mile Creek offers several varieties of knives, unique lighting, fireplace tools, and a wide variety of ironwork that George has created.

The Ten Mile Creek Gift Shop holds an amazing array of unusual and creative artwork and gifts. Featuring many local juried artists as well as collectibles from around the world.

Our selection of lovely Art Work includes:
Raku and Porcelain Pottery
Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor Paintings,
Stone Lampshades with iron bases
Beveled, Stained, and Blown Glass
Copper items
Wood Carvings
Hand-crafted Soaps, Lotions, and Oils
Tapers, Soy, and Beeswax Candles

Historical Lighting
Including Colored-glass Kerosene Lamps and Night Lights

Large Collection of Stunning Jewelry
including a selection of Swarovsky Crystals, Fresh Water Pearls, Natural Stone Sets, and Celtic Jewellery.

Variety of Irish Gifts
Solvar and Tara Jewellery
Belleek China and Waterford Crystal
Irish Photography

Locally made Jam & Jelly, Maple Syrup, and Honey
Assorted Organic Teas
Organic Seasonings Extracts and Spices

Juried Note Cards
Leanin' Tree, Gallery Graphics, and Lang
Cookbooks and Various Other Books

Fenton, Carnival Glass. and More

You will find an outstanding array of beautiful art and unusual items.
Please stop by and visit the Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop.

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10 am to 6 pm EST
Winter Hours January through April: by chance or by appointment
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted

We are occasionally closed for meetings, appointments, vacation, etc. Please call for certainty, if desired. Contact us for a special appointment if these hours aren't convenient for you.

Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop is located almost 7 miles due north of Bark River, Michigan. It is a pleasant drive through the countryside (there are arrows on every sign). Watch for our sign at the blinking light on Highway US-2 & US-41 in the town of Bark River and follow the signs to the Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop.

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Note: The routes are a bit different as there are several ways to get to the Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop.

For additional information
Phone: 906 466-2276 (for quicker response)
E-Mail: kd8sde@gmail.com
George and Maureen Potvin


You will be amazed by this wonderful collection of artwork, mostly created by residents of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Visitors can sometimes see George at work in his forge! These demonstrations are free of charge.

George also demonstrates his blacksmith techniques at many events throughout the year. He heads up the U. P. Steam and Gas Engine Antique Village Blacksmith Shop located on the State Fairgrounds at Escanaba. He demonstraits his skills during Fair Days, Labor Day, Christmas in the Village, and other events held there. Fayette State Park Heritage Day is an annual event that he also enjoys. Other demonstrations are scheduled during the year.


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Photos: Maureen Potvin