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“For centuries, blacksmiths made all the tools for everything – needles, thimbles, cooking utensils, axes, hammers, pegs, even drills,” says Andy Chambers, of Arc Iron Creations. Chambers is a blacksmith artisan who has studied the craft for more than two decades.
Using hand-forged iron as a décor item today is a way to pay homage to the identity of your cabin. The beauty of hand-forged iron is that it can be anything you wish it to be. From chunky and assertive to delicate and airy, there are no style limitations. Basket weaves, inspirations from nature such as flowers or twigs, ornate scrollwork, modern lines – all can be accomplished under the hand of a skilled blacksmith.
There are endless ways to incorporate iron into your cabin. While many people gravitate to gates and railings, opportunities exist in every room! Fireplace mantels, tables, shelf racking, door pulls, cupboard handles, beds, and more can all be a way to showcase hand-crafted iron.
The key to get the look you want is to use a blacksmith artisan. Doing so is the only way to get a creative twist and a higher quality item that is entirely distinct from mass-produced products. Chambers calls it, “iron with soul.”
When looking for a blacksmith always request to see their portfolio. While a blacksmith should achieve whatever you desire, your piece will be influenced by their creative interpretation. In the end, you will have more than a decorative object. You’ll be continuing a proud tradition that binds ironwork to cabins while celebrating and supporting that craftsmanship spirit.
Handcrafted finds you can order online:
2. Bottle Opener
One thing's for sure: you'll never have to buy another bottle opener again. Get it here: amazon.com
3. Dinner "Bell"
Add a little country cabin tradition to your homestead. Get it here: etsy.com
4. Rustic Bench
This bench calls on nature as inspiration for its statement-making style. Get it here: amazon.com
Each of these corkscrews are made one-at-a-time with tools from the 1800's in an Ozarks forge! Get it here: amazon.com
6. Horse Hook
If you know an equine enthusiast, we know what your next gift to them should be. Get it here: etsy.com
7. Hand Towel Holder
This perfectly rustic hand towel holder will be right at home in a cabin. Get it here: etsy.com