Oscar’s Custom Iron Works • 39
Oscar Hernandez, Sr. (b. 1957, Chicago) settled in San Antonio in 1965. He worked for his father, Elias, at their shop, Monterrey Iron Works on W. Commerce. He learned to weld and forge at the age of 12. Later, they relocated their shop to their home at 216 Blanco Road. After his father closed Monterrey Iron Works, Oscar Sr. re-opened the business as Oscar’s Custom Iron Works (OCIW) in 1981. OCIW is among the few metal shops to still produce custom-made hand-forged designs. “Forging is a dying art, but we push to fire up the forge every day.”
Just as it began with a father’s inspiration to his son, Oscar Sr. has grown his business and craft to inspire his own children. His eldest sons have worked alongside him for over 18 years. Oscar Jr. sells and creates designs using AutoCAD and Michael fabricates, forges and designs metal sculptures.
The heart and soul of OCIW is the family. With their grass-roots vision, OCIW believes in creating designs that show an appreciation for both the ways of old as well as the new, and it is with this unique artistic vision that the family legacy “forges.”