Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Home Decor

The focus of my Etsy store is buckles, but I also love to make ironwork for the hearth and home. Here are some pictures of a set of hand forged andirons, fireplace tools, and a log rack I made a few years ago. Please contact me at with your custom ironwork ideas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New blog features

My buckles have been featured in a couple of holiday gift guides. Click the links below check it out.

Obsessions of a Renaissance Woman

Beer + Etsy = Great Gifts for Guys on Etsy Stalker

Monday, August 31, 2009

World Steel Association

If you stop to think about the vast number of uses for steel, it's overwhelming. The World Steel Association's website provides an excellent overview of the steel industry worldwide, including current issues such as climate change and sustainability. worldsteel is a non-profit organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium whose members produce 85% of the world's steel.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Video

Here is my latest video. It demonstrates how I make a top for one of my forged boxes. Mortise and tenon joinery is one of the methods for joining metals that was used before the days of the electric welder. Welding is a lot easier, but it doesn't look as cool and it's not as much fun!

Mortise and Tenon Video

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Featured on a Blog

My buckles are being featured on Scoutie Girl, a really nice blog about handmade crafts:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Ornamental Wrought Iron Videos

I found this great series of videos on Youtube. The first time I saw this video was at my very first blacksmithing class with David Norrie a couple of years ago. This video shows David and several other talented blacksmiths making a reproduction of a beautiful iron gate designed by the great Samuel Yellin.

The video provides an excellent overview of blacksmithing techniques. It's also really exciting to see so many smiths working together under the supervision of the late Francis Whitaker, one of America's most famous blacksmiths. Make sure to check out all six of the videos!

Ornamental Wrought Iron Part 1