Lexington man using setback from pandemic to forge a new path

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 21:56:48-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — By applying heat and force, Andrew Prosser is forging something beautiful out of the pandemic.

For 15 years Prosser worked in the restaurant industry, and almost immediately he lost his job due to COVID-19.

Prosser said, "It was one of those things, you know, what do we do now?"

Not one to get down and out, his wife suggested his knife-making hobby might be a moneymaker. Ten months later, Prosser, along with his wife and a friend who both lost their own jobs to the pandemic as well, have turned Hooligan's Forge into a full-time gig.

"Every day is a learning process for all of us, you know," Prosser said. "It's fun, it definitely keeps you on your toes."

"I had a lady call and said she wanted some drawer pulls. I said ... OK I'm a bladesmith, but I can do that, " Prosser chuckled. "I love what I do, and it's a short walk to work."

On top of spending more time with his family, being home and generally being in a better mood, he is proof a good attitude can go a long way. Prosser, looking at the pandemic not as a punishment but as an opportunity to rebound and turn his passion into a way of life.

"We just got to roll with the punches because if we don't roll with the punches...what are we going to do?"

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