It’s Festival Time Again!



Once more, 20 Valley Custom Iron will be participating in two Craft and Art Festivals.  These juried shows are a great opportunity to see some of the new ideas we’ve worked on during the year, as well as take advantage of some of our best prices.  On offer will be our usual variety of products, ranging from furnishings, and gates to decorative accessories, and kitchen/BBQ utensils. Some items displayed in our portfolio section will be featured at the show for sale.

The first opportunity to see us in person will be at:

Marshville Herimageitage Festival

Sat. August 30th, Sun. August 31st & Mon. September 1st 2014 – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily

This show is lots of fun for the whole family! You’ll find on-going hands-on demonstrations – old fashioned skills, crafts, jobs & professions & food, period costumes, 15 restored buildings with displays & activities, and over 100 Juried Crafters.

ShortlyBottleOpener9 after, we will be at Vineland’s ARTfest,

October 11, 12, and 13th, 2014 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

This outdoor show is held on the public school’s grounds rain or shine.  With only 130 Juried Artisans, it makes for a lovely day out.  Exhibitors display and exhibit on the perimeter of the property only. The best part is, it’s free admission!

We hope to see you at both of these excellent shows!

Don’t forget to visit our ETSY site.  You can order premade items online (or even place a custom order), and we will ship your purchases right to your house!

Unique Father’s Day Gift for the Man Who Has Everything, Starting At $24!


Well, Spring is off to a great start here in the 20  Valley.  We are gearing up for a full and exciting summer.  Just in time for Father’s Day we are offering  great deals on some of our best selling gift ideas. 

Dads will love opening summer cold ones with their new bottle opener, hand forged from an authentic railway spike and finished with a tempered patina.  These hand forged pieces are sure start lots of BBQ conversations.

Hand held bottle openers ranging from $24 to $34.  Add initials on the end (up to 5 letters) for $5 more.

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Plain handle version above – $24.  Any twist version above, $29.

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Any of the above, $34

We’re also offering rail spike wall-mount bottle openers for $29.  Perfect for mounting conveniently on your bar, or even outside on your deck!  Add initials to this to make it the perfect personalized gift.


These openers also make unique and memorable host(ess) gifts for summer parties and Barbeques.  Grab a couple to give out this summer, and forget those last minute trips to get gift bottles of wine or another bunch of flowers.

Thanks for making ARTFest a Big Success!

Whew!  What a great weekend!  It was wonderful to see all the new faces over the past three days, and many returning customers too.  The new product line was a huge success.  Some of our signature pieces found new homes as well.  Thank you to everyone who made a purchase this weekend; if you like, send us pics of your new custom iron in use, we’ll post the best ones on the blog!

For everyone who took a card and wants to contact us regarding a custom job, we are excited to work with you…send us an idea of your requirements and we’ll do our best to provide a unique piece for you!  Thanks again, and looking forward to hearing from all of you again!



Customer Appreciation Days!

20 Valley Custom Iron wants to celebrate the beginning of the fall season with YOU our loyal customers!

In preparing for our upcoming show at Vineland Public School, we have created some of the best inventory pieces yet. We hope you’ll join us at the Vineland ARTfest during Thanksgiving Weekend – Saturday October 12th, 13th, and 14th.  This is a juried show with no more than 130 exhibitors and does NOT charge admission. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

Leading up to the show, you can purchase any of these items for a special customer appreciation discount!
If you visit us at our booth during ARTfest, mention this post, and we will still give you the discount on anything in the booth.

Just look at what we have to offer…

IMG_1734Elegant black candle holders are sold as a pair for $58.

or a single holder for $29.





Soft Cheese knife and serving trayA completely hand-forged cheese knife/spreader, and cheese/serving tray combination.  The set is priced at $135 for both knife and tray.




A wide selection of one of a kind, hand-forged hooks are still available.  Just $9 each.  





 Hanging basket bracket.

Basket Holders still available, only $29.





Contemporary table, $495.




IMG_1754Hand-forged bottle opener, great gifts for only $34.






Sofa table.

Creatively designed sofa table, with solid concrete table top.  This lovely piece is priced at $520.



bbq-fork-4Hand-forged BBQ forks $45.





Gate 2 in progress 1 bgate bExterior gate 36″ wide, $695.








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Hook set (small size approx. 4.5″) of 5 for $25, or individually $9.




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Hook set (large size approx 8.5″) of 5 for $50, or individually$10.




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Various bottle openers, hand-forged from Railroad spikes, $24-34.








Marshville Heritage Festival

We’re going into our last day tomorrow at the Marshville Heritage Festival.  A big thank you to all of our customers over the past two days!  If you haven’t been down to the show yet, make sure to check it out!  There are lots of great demonstrations from days gone by, and some really original items for sale by many excellent vendors.

iron-wine-rackWe’ve also been getting some great feedback on our offerings…especially our wine rack.  Thanks for your support!


Upcoming Shows

We will be at 2 juried shows this fall. We will have a variety of items, showcasing a range of what we offer…furnishings, decorative accessories, utensils, gates, etc. Some items displayed in our portfolio section will be featured at the show for sale.

We will be at the Marshville Heritage Festival this year, running from August 31 thru September 2, 2013.  This is a great show, very well organized and fun for the whole family.  It will have many demonstrations of 19th century period lifestyle and technology, and many excellent artisans!

As well, we will be at Vineland’s ARTfest, running from October 12th thru 14th. Always filled with many fine quality artisans.

We hope to see you at both of these excellent shows!

Talk About Recycling!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Recently we finished a replacement rail for a customer and they asked if I had any use for the old piece of rail. I said, “No…but YOU do,” and proceeded to re-purpose it into a garden trellis for them.

It’s another reason why I love working with metal.  The possibilities are endless.  It is the original “plastic,” able to be transformed and reshaped numerous times. I find that in working with metal, the only limitation is the imagination


Hand Forged Items

Saturday, April13, 2013

It’s always a good day when we get a call for a hand-forged item.  While these types of jobs aren’t as grandiose as the large gates or custom furniture, they are incredibly fun to work on!

In this instance, a customer wanted a unique gift for her husband – an avid bar-b-quer.  These pieces were made from square bar stock and forged the old-fashioned way…with a hammer and an anvil, and a light coating of oil as the finish.  She wanted a rustic, minimalist look reminiscent of pioneer days.  The hooks I threw in as a gesture of appreciation for the chance to make the fork…he will need some way to hang up the one of a kind bbq utensil!

Clavos and Bars Complete.


Sunday, January 20. 2013

A short post this time…just wanted to show everyone what the installed bars and clavos looks like. Very happy with how this one turned out!

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Expanding the repetoire.

Wednesday, January 16. 2013

Custom window bars and clavos.Clavos inside the forge.We’ve just finished the hard part of this job…a set of window bars for a front door glass insert, and Clavos to decorate the door. It’s been fun working on this project – any time I get to fire up the forge and hammer the iron into the shape of my choosing is a good day! Truth is, I didn’t even know the technical name for the big beefy nails that I made until this client brought the job to my attention…thanks to them for expanding my vocabulary, and giving me the work! Now they just need the finish coat, and then I’ll install. Here are a couple of photos of the process and the end results.