Humble Beginnings


Carley Ferrara holds over fifteen years experience in woodworking, and another six years in blacksmithing. Once a single-woman operation formed in Boone, NC in 2013, Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture has grown into an entire team of wildly talented craftspeople, creating custom pieces for clients all over the world.

Meet Our Team

The team at Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture is united by a true passion for craft. Here are their stories.


Carley Ferrara

Carly is the owner and lead craftsperson of Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture. She received her BFA from Miami University of Ohio in Interior Design, with a dual concentration in Furniture Making and Business. She later received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Furniture Design and Construction. She has designed and built custom pieces for clients all around the world.

You can find Carley madly swinging her hammer at the IMFF studio, while jamming out to Led Zeppelin.



In 2015, Carley was featured as a contestant on the inaugural season of 'Ellen's Design Challenge' which airs on HGTV.


Jonah May

Jonah is our shop manager, and resident welder at Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture. Though he is a recent high school graduate, his pride and craftsmanship in his work make him a great fit at Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture. 

You'll find Jonah welding and melding to the Grateful Dead a few nights a week.

Dora Mugerwa

Dora met Carley while receiving her BFA in Furniture Design and Construction at RISD. She is driven by a deep love for metal and design.

You can find Dora forging late into the evening while dancing along to Bob Marley.

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