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A Fitting Product Tribute To Two Farrier Industry Leaders

Carrying on the tradition of quality and reliability that was originally developed by Bonnie and Bill Pieh, Centaur Forge, Ltd., has recently introduced two new hoof knives in their memory.

The “Bonnie” hoof knife features a beautifully varnished handle with a deep-curved, stainless-steel blade. Featuring superb craftsmanship, it is a product that Bonnie was working to develop at the time of her death last October.

The “Billy” hoof knife serves as a memorial to Bill Pieh, who passed away in April of 2000. It features a carbon steel blade and varnished handle.

With Bill, Bonnie played a key role in the success of the Burlington, Wis., farrier and blacksmith supply operation for more than 40 years. After Bill’s death, Bonnie stepped in as company president and expanded the business during the next 18 months. 

This included the development of a greatly expanded Web site, discount programs for new farrier and blacksmith school graduates and the development of new products such as the hoof knives that now carry their names. 

“Mom took great pride in Centaur Forge and found walking in Dad’s shoes to be an eye-opening and exhausting experience,” says daughter Amy Pieh, a Centaur Forge vice-president. “It was for the love of Dad, the life that they gave to the business and all the wonderful friends they made that enabled her to keep the firm going. 

“Thanks to the continuous guidance and support of both of them, we will continue to serve the farriers and blacksmiths with the best…

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