From functional & fine art pieces to women’s welding classes, Ironwood Studios is a place where you can build confidence and create lasting friendships

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Welcome to Ironwood Studios, where the sparks of creativity and connection come to life!

Nestled in the heart of the serene Finger Lakes region, our vintage barn workshop is more than just a place—it’s a vibrant community where women of all ages gather to explore the artistry of welding. In the span of a single class, you’ll experience the magic of transforming pieces of metal into a finished masterpiece.

“This was an amazing experience. Small class size and an empowering environment. I can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend!”

-Natasha W.

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Our Founders

Meet Stacey & Tom

Tom and Stacey’s 20-year friendship blossomed into something more in 2017 when they reunited for coffee, a day that changed their lives forever. After marrying two years later, these long-time Rochester natives moved to the Finger Lakes region in 2020, seeking a quieter, simpler life. Their new property inspired them to create Ironwood Studios, combining Stacey’s 25+ years as a metal artist and Tom’s 30-year career in the music industry.

Trading city life for an 1800s farmhouse on 3 acres was a significant change. With resourcefulness and determination, they renovated the old hay barn into a metal shop and are transforming the second floor into a venue for music, art, food, and more. Their hospitality background shines through in the thoughtfully curated space, welcoming all who visit.

Tom and Stacey look forward to hosting you and sharing their creative and inspiring space.

Find Your Spark

Welding Services

Reveal the Boundless Potential of Welding

Welding Workshops

Total beginners are welcome; the workshops break down barriers, foster confidence, and build lasting friendships

Functional & Fine Art

Our signature style ensures that our clients receive one-of-a-kind creations that are deeply personalized to their preferences.

Music & Events

Our barn, created as a safe-space for expression, boasts a perfect atmosphere for live music, events, and much more.

Fun Hobbies for Women

Women's Welding Workshops

Women’s Welding Workshops at Ironwood Studios offer women a place to learn how to weld in a safe and empowering environment. Workshops are hosted in the barn on our property in the Finger Lakes region. Classes are very relaxed, fun, and non-technical. Students learn exactly what they need to know to leave with a finished piece they can be proud of!

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Tom "Ozzy" Richens


Thomas Richens is a man of many talents, seamlessly blending his academic prowess with his passion for music and cultural preservation. Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo in 2008, Tom has co-authored several noteworthy publications, including “Images of America: Letchworth State Park, New York.”

When he’s not deep in the archives, Tom takes center stage in the bustling world of live music production. As a drum technician for iconic bands like Megadeth, Dropkick Murphys, and PRIMUS, Tom ensures every beat hits with perfection. His meticulous work involves everything from setting up and repairing drum kits to working closely with audio engineers for the perfect sound. Off the road, Tom taps into another of his passions as the co-owner of Flower City Maple, producing and marketing high-quality maple syrup. Whether he’s behind the drums or in the maple woods, Tom’s blend of technical skill and creative flair make him a true maestro in his diverse fields.

His dual life extends to his co-ownership of Ironwood Studios, where he is currently the project manager for renovations and construction on the property. Once complete, Tom will be extending offerings in the barn to drum clinics, recording space and all things music on the 2nd floor of the Barn.

Stacey Mrva


Stacey Mrva, a professional metal sculptor from Rochester, NY, has spent over 25 years creating a diverse portfolio of custom sculptures for both public and private spaces throughout the Finger Lakes region. Her work, characterized by a unique blend of whimsy and functionality, resonates with clients who seek to bring their visions to life.

Stacey’s journey began at Syracuse University, where she initially studied jewelry making and metalsmithing. However, her passion shifted to sculpture when she first experienced welding steel. The challenge of transforming a cold, rigid material into fluid, organic shapes captivated her, sparking a lifelong dedication to the craft.

Her stunning creations range from steel furniture and railings to public signage, benches, wall art, and lighting—each piece meticulously crafted by hand. Stacey takes pride in her ability to tailor her pieces to fit any setting, making art an integral part of everyday life.

In the fall of 2022, Stacey began teaching welding workshops for women in her barn studio. Her passion for welding and empowering other women has created a welcoming space where they can break down barriers, foster confidence, and build lasting friendships.

“I’m an artist but also a craftsperson,” she says. “I love creating pieces that are not only visually striking but also accessible and functional.”

Stacey’s public installations can be admired along South Clinton Avenue in downtown Rochester, on Main Street in LeRoy, NY, and at notable locations like the Lodge at Woodcliff, the Meridian Centre Office Park, and Summit Federal Credit Union in Penfield, NY. Each piece reflects her commitment to enhancing community spaces through art.