BlacksmithCreations

Wedding & anniversary gift,upcycled, engraved horseshoe

Grass Valley, California · 2827 Sales

BlacksmithCreations

Wedding & anniversary gift,upcycled, engraved horseshoe

Grass Valley, California 2827 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Wedding & Anniversary gifts. Upcycled horseshoes, engraved hearts. New items in stock (1st category) Traditional anniversaries of: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - iron, steel. 3-4 WEEKS CREATION TIME Need now? Plan "B" process helps. See below.

Only takes 3 minutes to read the rest, and is good info for you to know!

Request your personalization for your order in the comments box which appears towards the end of checkout. For engraving we recommend ALL CAPITAL LETTERS for the best looking engraving. Spell it as all CAPS so we know you know. Thanks!
Steve lovingly creates orders when they are ordered by you, which is 3-4 weeks creation time. He has selective created wedding items in advance,
in a category "IN STOCK READ TO SHIP", which are ready to go. If you would like engraving to these items, add 10 business days to be in your mailbox.

Each order will have slight variations, because everything is handmade 4 U. Photos shown are examples, not exactly the same. That's one of the reasons why you are here, for something that is lovingly created and handmade in the US, not NOT factory made. :-) We use only authentic, new, clean horseshoes and railroad spikes made in America: St. Croix (MN) horseshoe mfg. and Keystone Spikes in PA. Your orders is created & forged in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

***PLAN "B" gives you an download version of the personalized gift you'd like, and timing doesn't hamper your gift giving! ....Impress them with your timeliness and thoughtfulness of a custom engraved order.
A) "I gave Mark & Julie their present virtually yesterday on their anniversary - used the photo along with a copy of my message. They LOVED it!!! Thank you again."
B) "If the item is not available on time I will take plan B. I do agree that it is a great idea."
C) "You made me look good!"

***HOW DOES PLAN "B" WORK? We email a photo of your un-engraved order, you print it & include the picture in your card. You can get creative with this too... You can import the picture into Photoshop or Powerpoint to create your custom certificate, with personal sentiments or wrap the picture in a box to provide the gift giving experience!

BlacksmithCreations specializes in creating unique, custom horseshoe art keepsakes, which are carefully crafted to CELEBRATE EVENTS OF LIFE, both personal and professional. We only sell online, so we keep the expenses down to provide you better prices for quality gifts. Let's co-create something together to tell your story.

***ENGRAVING can include longer names, dates, coordinates (longitude/latitude), hashtags, or logos. Old fashioned hand stamping can only accommodate about 8 letters/numbers. Engraving gives you more flexibility. Engraving will accept more characters than hand stamping because font sizes are flexible, it's straight & proportioned. :-)
RECOMMENDATION: ALL CAPITAL LETTERS works best for names, for legibility and clarity. (print your in the comments box, as CAPS so we know that you know!). Ask any question we'll try hard to make it happen.

IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, please ASK (you can also use the search button in our shop for ideas). If it's an anniversary gift, you can use the search box, type in "anniversary" and more ideas will come up. You can use most anything we create as an anniversary, wedding, retirement, or birthday gift.

What sets our work apart from other horseshoe artists is Steve's distinctive style, coupled with his attention to detail (clean lines, proportioned & balanced, no ugly welds). His skills have been fine-tuned over 35+ yrs of blacksmithing & metal working. If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. If you're not happy with the result, we'll correct it to your satisfaction.

IRON & STEEL ANNIVERSARIES... Horseshoes are made from iron. Iron is mixed with certain other metals with heat, to form steel in creating horseshoes. That's why they are perfect for BOTH traditional anniversary gifts of iron and steel. NEW means no icky manure or dirt in creases of the shoe, that you might find in used shoes. Crisp, clean, and worthy of a gift to others and to yourself.
They are upcycled real horseshoes. No cast iron knockoffs or replicas here....
***NOTE: Even new horseshoes are inherently rough and some of that rustic-ness remains in each piece. They may look like slight imperfections, because it's the nature of the material ... differences add character and originality to each unique piece, with perfect imperfections! There will be slight variations in size, shape, or color from what you might see in the pictures, as each is handmade for you by Steve.

YOUR USED HORSESHOES AS A REMEMBRANCE OF A SPECIAL HORSE.
Let's talk to co-create something special from shoes that your horse has worn. They create a sentimental remembrance. Take a look at some ideas we've made: www.etsy.com/listing/470857085

**RECENT FEEDBACK**
1- I know it's a really rush job, but I really like your work and you had great reviews. I really appreciate it!
2- "This is a wedding gift for a good friend of mine. I really just found you guys by searching on Google and Etsy. Your products were the nicest I found!"
3- "I found u last minute on the internet but the work u do I saw is beautiful and I knew I wanted to get this for my wife and me. I know I have to wait, but I know it will be worth it."

***** 5 THINGS to help with timely answers & faster order fulfillment.
1- PLEASE EMAIL THROUGH ETSY. Custom requests within the same system helps to prevent omissions and mistakes.
2- READ OUR EMAILS. We promise not to spam our customers. There may be questions that require a quick response from you & please open our emails, otherwise it will slow the process, which is especially important if it's a time sensitive project.
3- Let us know your PHONE NUMBER. We do not share personal information with anyone. It's easy to text you or give you a call to keep your custom order moving along....
4- Let us know YOUR TIMING so we are both on the same page :-)
5- Optional-- love to learn your significance of this gift. It's makes it personal for us too!

***Optional - no extra charge: At your request, we will ship the gift directly to the couple, with no invoice. Let us know if we are shipping to an address that is not yours.....(we can't always tell). We will add a note card placed with the item, if you ask. Just let us know what you want it to say, and from whom (other family members?). No charge.

ABOUT US: We are a husband and wife team, who mesh our complementary skills to create our successful Etsy business beyond our expectations, which is now in it's 6th year on Etsy.
Steve is a veteran, and a professionally trained blacksmith / metal smith, with over 30 years experience in metal crafting.
Carolyn manages communication, customer relationships, business, and most anything else excluding forging! We even attend blacksmithing and rusty metal events together. MORE ABOUT US: www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations/about

WE REALLY APPRECIATE OUR CUSTOMERS! Etsy customers are the best! Love your stories of why you order what you do! Love co-creating with you.
Thank you for supporting handmade goods and the artisans who create them!
We are a custom shop, and welcome your ideas (for new products, engraving ideas, multiple item discounts (>5), or a new variation of something we have listed).

Other reviews: www.etsy.com/your/shops/BlacksmithCreations/reviews?

*****If you are not happy, please let us know immediately, before you leave feedback, and we'll happily correct whatever is wrong. We want you to be happy with your order, and that makes us happy.

Let's co-create something together: www.blacksmithcreations.etsy.com

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 14, 2017

Wedding & Anniversary gifts. Upcycled horseshoes, engraved hearts. New items in stock (1st category) Traditional anniversaries of: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - iron, steel. 3-4 WEEKS CREATION TIME Need now? Plan "B" process helps. See below.

Only takes 3 minutes to read the rest, and is good info for you to know!

Request your personalization for your order in the comments box which appears towards the end of checkout. For engraving we recommend ALL CAPITAL LETTERS for the best looking engraving. Spell it as all CAPS so we know you know. Thanks!
Steve lovingly creates orders when they are ordered by you, which is 3-4 weeks creation time. He has selective created wedding items in advance,
in a category "IN STOCK READ TO SHIP", which are ready to go. If you would like engraving to these items, add 10 business days to be in your mailbox.

Each order will have slight variations, because everything is handmade 4 U. Photos shown are examples, not exactly the same. That's one of the reasons why you are here, for something that is lovingly created and handmade in the US, not NOT factory made. :-) We use only authentic, new, clean horseshoes and railroad spikes made in America: St. Croix (MN) horseshoe mfg. and Keystone Spikes in PA. Your orders is created & forged in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

***PLAN "B" gives you an download version of the personalized gift you'd like, and timing doesn't hamper your gift giving! ....Impress them with your timeliness and thoughtfulness of a custom engraved order.
A) "I gave Mark & Julie their present virtually yesterday on their anniversary - used the photo along with a copy of my message. They LOVED it!!! Thank you again."
B) "If the item is not available on time I will take plan B. I do agree that it is a great idea."
C) "You made me look good!"

***HOW DOES PLAN "B" WORK? We email a photo of your un-engraved order, you print it & include the picture in your card. You can get creative with this too... You can import the picture into Photoshop or Powerpoint to create your custom certificate, with personal sentiments or wrap the picture in a box to provide the gift giving experience!

BlacksmithCreations specializes in creating unique, custom horseshoe art keepsakes, which are carefully crafted to CELEBRATE EVENTS OF LIFE, both personal and professional. We only sell online, so we keep the expenses down to provide you better prices for quality gifts. Let's co-create something together to tell your story.

***ENGRAVING can include longer names, dates, coordinates (longitude/latitude), hashtags, or logos. Old fashioned hand stamping can only accommodate about 8 letters/numbers. Engraving gives you more flexibility. Engraving will accept more characters than hand stamping because font sizes are flexible, it's straight & proportioned. :-)
RECOMMENDATION: ALL CAPITAL LETTERS works best for names, for legibility and clarity. (print your in the comments box, as CAPS so we know that you know!). Ask any question we'll try hard to make it happen.

IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, please ASK (you can also use the search button in our shop for ideas). If it's an anniversary gift, you can use the search box, type in "anniversary" and more ideas will come up. You can use most anything we create as an anniversary, wedding, retirement, or birthday gift.

What sets our work apart from other horseshoe artists is Steve's distinctive style, coupled with his attention to detail (clean lines, proportioned & balanced, no ugly welds). His skills have been fine-tuned over 35+ yrs of blacksmithing & metal working. If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. If you're not happy with the result, we'll correct it to your satisfaction.

IRON & STEEL ANNIVERSARIES... Horseshoes are made from iron. Iron is mixed with certain other metals with heat, to form steel in creating horseshoes. That's why they are perfect for BOTH traditional anniversary gifts of iron and steel. NEW means no icky manure or dirt in creases of the shoe, that you might find in used shoes. Crisp, clean, and worthy of a gift to others and to yourself.
They are upcycled real horseshoes. No cast iron knockoffs or replicas here....
***NOTE: Even new horseshoes are inherently rough and some of that rustic-ness remains in each piece. They may look like slight imperfections, because it's the nature of the material ... differences add character and originality to each unique piece, with perfect imperfections! There will be slight variations in size, shape, or color from what you might see in the pictures, as each is handmade for you by Steve.

YOUR USED HORSESHOES AS A REMEMBRANCE OF A SPECIAL HORSE.
Let's talk to co-create something special from shoes that your horse has worn. They create a sentimental remembrance. Take a look at some ideas we've made: www.etsy.com/listing/470857085

**RECENT FEEDBACK**
1- I know it's a really rush job, but I really like your work and you had great reviews. I really appreciate it!
2- "This is a wedding gift for a good friend of mine. I really just found you guys by searching on Google and Etsy. Your products were the nicest I found!"
3- "I found u last minute on the internet but the work u do I saw is beautiful and I knew I wanted to get this for my wife and me. I know I have to wait, but I know it will be worth it."

***** 5 THINGS to help with timely answers & faster order fulfillment.
1- PLEASE EMAIL THROUGH ETSY. Custom requests within the same system helps to prevent omissions and mistakes.
2- READ OUR EMAILS. We promise not to spam our customers. There may be questions that require a quick response from you & please open our emails, otherwise it will slow the process, which is especially important if it's a time sensitive project.
3- Let us know your PHONE NUMBER. We do not share personal information with anyone. It's easy to text you or give you a call to keep your custom order moving along....
4- Let us know YOUR TIMING so we are both on the same page :-)
5- Optional-- love to learn your significance of this gift. It's makes it personal for us too!

***Optional - no extra charge: At your request, we will ship the gift directly to the couple, with no invoice. Let us know if we are shipping to an address that is not yours.....(we can't always tell). We will add a note card placed with the item, if you ask. Just let us know what you want it to say, and from whom (other family members?). No charge.

ABOUT US: We are a husband and wife team, who mesh our complementary skills to create our successful Etsy business beyond our expectations, which is now in it's 6th year on Etsy.
Steve is a veteran, and a professionally trained blacksmith / metal smith, with over 30 years experience in metal crafting.
Carolyn manages communication, customer relationships, business, and most anything else excluding forging! We even attend blacksmithing and rusty metal events together. MORE ABOUT US: www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations/about

WE REALLY APPRECIATE OUR CUSTOMERS! Etsy customers are the best! Love your stories of why you order what you do! Love co-creating with you.
Thank you for supporting handmade goods and the artisans who create them!
We are a custom shop, and welcome your ideas (for new products, engraving ideas, multiple item discounts (>5), or a new variation of something we have listed).

Other reviews: www.etsy.com/your/shops/BlacksmithCreations/reviews?

*****If you are not happy, please let us know immediately, before you leave feedback, and we'll happily correct whatever is wrong. We want you to be happy with your order, and that makes us happy.

Let's co-create something together: www.blacksmithcreations.etsy.com

Steve and Carolyn

Contact shop owner

Steve and Carolyn

Updates

New set of western style house numbers, made from real horseshoes. Picture needs rotation tho.... :-)
Remembering a happy event, 11th wedding anniversary which is traditionally the steel anniversary.
Creating a memorial for the loss of a favorite mule.
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About

Celebrate life's special moments with Steve's blend of art, science, craft, passion & love of metalworking.

BlacksmithCreations is a husband and wife team located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mtns. in Northern California. Steve creates unique, delightful & functional horseshoe art, which is carefully crafted to celebrate the events of life.
It's these heartwarming experiences that Steve loves to create at his forge.

WHY US? Attention to detail is the key..... notice the sizing, spacing, proportions, clean welds, and placement of the crevices on each horseshoe piece. Welding blobs are filed away, horseshoes are sanded, joints are perfectly matched, letters are proportioned, even the backside of the shoes are finished. Items are all well thought out, to make a beautiful keepsake to give or keep. We use professional engraver and powder coater to our hand created pieces to get the best results.

LET'S CO-CREATE something memorable together to tell your story. If you don't see what you are looking for, PLEASE ASK. We are a custom shop and welcome your ideas. We are honored to create something that means something to you.
Steve's handmade creations are worthy as a gift to a bride & groom, as an anniversary present to honor your partner, or a memorial to remember your horse.

If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. He is the only craftsman here, so he maintains quality control of his products. If you're not happy, we'll correct it. Period.

This is about knowing who made your product, and that it was crafted by hand, rather than by machine in an overseas factory. In addition to our handmade items being meticulously crafted & of high quality, we believe in creating only the best & putting in an honest day's work for you. We believe our handmade products will standout in the world of mass produced things.

MADE IN AMERICA by a veteran... Steve creates & fabricates his unique products from new American-made steel horseshoes from crisp, clean shoes (read: NO icky manure in creases of horseshoes). Horseshoes are made from the element of iron & mixed with other metals become steel, so perfect or 6th or 11th anniversaries.
Steve developed his craftsmanship, talents, and skills from his 3+ decades experience as a metalworker and problem solver for a robust community college in CA. His skills are based on the foundation of hard work, with attention to details that were instilled in him by his Italian grandfather and great uncle, Nono Joe and Uncle Tulio.

YEAR #1 ... After only 6 months here, Etsy approached us & asked if we were interested in providing a sample campfire trivet for a Sunset Magazine photo shoot. This was our first signature product! Our campfire stand was one of the 20 featured item in their holiday issue, "Made in the West" Sunset article (Dec. 2011, pg. 20). We are grateful to both Etsy and Sunset Magazine for recognizing our work (which was unsolicited by us)! We are now almost in our 7th year with Etsy & still loving it!

BACKGROUND: Steve is a member of ABANA (American Blacksmith Assoc. of North America) and CBA (California Blacksmith Association). Both are active & growing organizations that further the craft of metal. He attends CBA demonstrations to continue to improve his techniques & develop new ideas to share with you. We enjoyed the biennial National Blacksmith Assoc. Education Convention in Salt Lake City in July 2016, with a few new tools & ideas for you. Never stop learning is his motto! New ideas come from your requests!

LOCAL HISTORY... we live only a few miles away from the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA. The State Park has a great blacksmith shop, and we've donated some antique equipment to their shop!
The mine was one of the largest, deepest, longest operating and richest hard rock gold mines around - producing nearly 6 million ounces of gold. The blacksmith shop supported the hard rock gold miners back in the day. When you are in the area, consider visiting Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA (between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe)
There will be a Blacksmithing Hammer-In on May 19 & 20, 2017, nearby, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Some well known demonstrators in the industry will be there. See you there! Grass Valley is about 1 hour from the Sacramento area.

Check out our reviews: www.etsy.com/your/shops/BlacksmithCreations/reviews

What can Steve create for you? www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations

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Shop members

  • Steve

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    If it's important to you, it's important to us. Steve forges meaning & imbeds emotions into his creations, gathering inspiration from you and his metal experience. We are honored to connect with wonderful people like you, from around the world.

  • Carolyn

    Owner, Photographer, Customer Service

    Love your stories behind your orders. A lazar focus on customer service has always our #1 goal! Let's co-create together to make a memorable gift. We are the team to get your idea and order created! Please share your stories with us! Love them!

  • Kittykitty

    Assistant

    Saved from Animal Rescue and 2 former homes, Kittykitty will be our forever assistant, bringing warmth, fun and laughs to our daily lives.

Production partners

  • Ace Powder Coating

    Grass Valley, CA

    Ace provides the professional finish you deserve. It gives you one of the longest lasting finishes available. Environmentally, it emits near "0" volatile organic compounds (VOC). It produces a thicker coating to withstand humidity and finger prints.

  • Stucki Jewelers & Engravers

    Grass Valley, CA

    The Arbaugh's have owned Stucki Jewelers since 2005. As part of their retail jewelry store in historic Grass Valley, they also provide engraving services. BlacksmithCreations has enjoyed their services since 2014.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Oct 13, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Our shoppe is primarily custom & personalized orders. Time to create approx. 3-4 weeks ... sometimes longer during the heart of wedding / anniversary season. If you need it faster, we try our best to accommodate. Ask please.

Our "Plan B" helps!. At your request, we email an un-engraved photo of your item, which you print it & include in your card.
You can get creative with this too...
+ Import the picture into Photoshop or Powerpoint to create your custom certificate, with personal sentiments.
+ Wrap the picture in a box to provide the gift giving experience!

***Plan B comments*
1- "You made me look good!"
2-"I gave Mark & Julie their present virtually yesterday on their anniversary..they loved it!!"

Sizing details

Use only NEW horseshoes so they are clear, crisp, and look great. No icky manure in the creases! Size about 5.5 tall & 5.125" wide, made in America. Can vary slightly. Weighs about 11 oz. Size of area to engrave at the bottom of the shoe is 1.5 - 1.75 inches long.

Hint: For engraving, keep the # of characters to a minimum, to allow for the largest font in this space. AND all capital letters for names is best for legibility and clarity.

Care instructions

New horseshoes are rough from the casting process & some of that rustic-ness remains in each piece. Horseshoes will have slight imperfections.

MAINTAIN THE FINISH. For our shiny finish, please keep the surface free of greasy fingerprints. Oil & grease can damage the finish. Handling the piece on the edges keeps your art in the best shape. Powder coated finishes are most durable over time. Finger prints can usually be buffed away with a soft dry rag, like a thick-pile micro-fibre cloth. Do not use an abrasive if you are cleaning. If you want to refinish it, then an abrasive would be appropriate.
To maintain the finish you can use neutral paste wax to resist rust. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Gift wrapping and packaging

We do not gift wrap unless asked, because most people want to see their order before they gift it. If you'd like gift wrapping, there is a nominal charge of $5.00.

We will ship directly to your recipient and happy to send you a picture before we ship, so you can approve it. (I would want that option if I was buying something custom made!)

At your request, we will add a note with your sentiments, at no extra charge. Include what you'd like to say and from whom (family members?) in the comments section of your order, or with an email to us through Etsy.

We ship via USPS Priority Mail which is 3 business day delivery to your mailbox in most areas in the US. We ship internationally, via airmail.

Why should I buy from you?

Quality and attention to detail is key..... notice the sizing, spacing, proportions, clean welds, & placement of the creases on each horseshoe piece. Welding blobs are filed away, horseshoes are sanded, joints are perfectly matched, letters are proportioned, even the inside of the shoes are finished. They are all well thought out, which makes a beautiful keepsake to give or keep.

Hand stamping is limited to about 10 characters. We partnered with professional engravers, to provide longer names, dates, and sentiments.

If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. He is the only craftsman here, so he maintains quality control of his products. If you're not happy, we'll correct it. Period.

We love co-creating with you!

Send us a request and we'd be happy to consider it!
Connect with us at: www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations
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