VIDEO: It’s said your destiny is forged in the fires of your determination. A local man has made that saying a reality, his family history and Capital Region history helping him come out on top in a fiery national competition.
Over the sounds of clanging metal in his backyard, Adam Coonradt told NEWS10’s Lydia Kulbida, “I’ve always considered myself a maker.”
Adam started forging about three years ago, “I’ve always loved making things, taking things apart, putting things back together.”
It’s a gift he’s passed on to his children.
“My kids are makers as well, my son makes those flags and other wooden projects, my daughter makes all kinds of jewelry.” Because it’s a tradition he learned from his father and grandfather, “Growing up we didn’t have much money and stuff like that, so they had to fix their own things, they had to fix their own cars, build their own houses, so I was always right there with them just doing it and that’s how I learned.”