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Last updated on January 18, 2017
Hi, welcome to HotWorks. My blacksmith work is heated glowing hot in the forge, then hand hammered on an old anvil. Over the years marks have been left on the face of the anvil by myself, and previous owners, using chisels, punches, and hammers. Some of this history is incidentally imprinted on flat sections of my work. Look for what they call bark, imprinted on flat sections of hooks, on the back side near the screw holes. Given the age, size, and condition of the anvil, and the pritchel chisel marks, I suspect my anvil was used heavily by a farrier to shoe horses. My model Vulcan anvil was made between 1875 and 1969, and given the depth of the rust on one side, it was likely used around the turn of the last century, then left lying outdoors on it's side for about seventy years. Honestly, I wish I had a fancy new Peddinghaus anvil: I don't intentionally leave bark on my work, but it is there on some pieces, and interesting to look at.

The latex masks are all hand made. I sculpt a model in an oil based clay, cast a plaster mold, then slush cast the mask. I ordered a bunch of mask making materials on a whim, and came out with some downright creepy designs.

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All shipping is non-refundable. Sorry, but once USPS picks something up, the fees are on my credit card and can't be recovered.

If for some reason your order can't be filled, a full refund will be promptly issued. If something gets lost en route, or arrives damaged, a similar item that you approve of can be sent, or a refund can be processed.

I want you to be happy. But given the nature of unique hand-made items, in some rare cases I may decline the return of an order.

This only happens once in a couple hundred orders, but so there is no confusion: if you enter the wrong address, I can't get your package back or issue a refund. Please double check your shipping address.

Once USPS marks a shipment delivered, it is no longer insured. If you have any doubts about the security of leaving a package on your doorstep, add a note to the order.

I can't issue a refund for a package that goes missing after delivery.
But I would be glad to ship it "hold for pickup" so someone has to physically receive the package. I only ship "hold for pickup" if you ask.
Checkout with Etsy, or use PayPal. Some international orders may be subject to VAT or other taxes.
Shipping is typically USPS Priority Mail.

In stock items are ready for USPS pickup within two business days, usually the next day.

Orders under one pound may ship USPS First Class.

We can't ship to PO boxes.
Additional policies and FAQs
The blacksmith items are hand forged. These aren't made in a factory, and lack the consistency of mass produced items. Every effort is made to photograph accurately and show what you can expect to receive. The metal items are tough and rugged, but all metal will rust.

Most items are finished with a commercial lacquer or polyurethane. This finish is often used on brass railings, and is favored for commercial installations because it is tough and easy to refinish. To refinish a hook, acetone will dissolve the finish, then they can be re-coated with Permalac spray finish.

Most of my glass items are as near as I can get to perfect, but may have small defects. Expect small specs, slight distortions to the lens in places, and bubbles.