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Horseshoe Heart Trivet

This rustic trivet features an upcycled horseshoe embraced by a swirling heart of hand-hammered steel.
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Uncommon Collection


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Lucky in Love

A horseshoe is both an iconic good luck symbol, and a reminder of a simpler, traditional way of life. This horseshoe is embraced by a band of metal that reaches up to form a heart with a curlicue flourish. The fluid form of the heavy metal comes from the blacksmithing talents of Alexandra Paliwoda, who applies her skills to both shoeing horses and decorative work. The piece is itself a blending of the practical and the beautiful: it functions as a sturdy trivet, protecting your wooden surfaces and countertops, but when not in use it is elegant enough to display on the walls for a touch of rustic romance. Handmade in Idaho.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Alexandra Paliwoda

created by

Alexandra Paliwoda

Inspired by all things wild and free.

Born in the Rocky Mountains and raised in the backcountry of Alaska, Alexandra Paliwoda expresses her love of wild places with her hand-forged ironwork.

Alexandra began working with metal 2000 when she was certified as a farrier by Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana forging horseshoes for various horseshoeing applications. Working with horses and in agriculture, living a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska, building her own cabin in the north country, and tending to explore the road less traveled, Alexandra feels that the important things in life, when the day is done, are the experiences. A few of Alex's many interests include travel, photography, playing guitar, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, and spending time with those she loves. She makes sure her dog Jasper gets his daily run, and of course, melds metal into art!

Each item in the Uncommon Collection meets five important standards. Here's how Horseshoe Heart Trivet qualified for the Collection:

Original Design

Combining form and function, the Horseshoe Horse Trivet looks equally charming when it’s holding a home cooked casserole or hanging above your kitchen table. The horseshoe stands as a welcoming symbol of luck, while the heart provides a curling frame that’s both romantic and rustic.

Responsible Business Practices

mission statement

Here at Backcountry Blacksmith, our motto is "inspired by all things wild and free". Mindfully, actively caring for the ecology surrounding us that is ever so fragile, inspiration comes from nature and also by giving back to nature. We create functional and visual art from recycled steel, hand-forging lasting products that have minimal waste or carbon footprint in terms of production. Utilizing recycled steel, environmentally friendly finishes and recycled packaging supplies we hope to help keep the wild as free and unhindered by overuse as we can. We also recycle over 90% of our unusable items and waste after production is complete. My hope is to introduce through our work a small reminder of the great outdoors, and the passion and need to care for it.

fair wage

The Backcountry Blacksmith pays employees a starting wage of $15/hr., which exceeds Teton County's living wage.

- Local (Idaho) minimum wage: $7.25
- Federal minimum wage: $7.25
- Living wage of Teton County: $10.27

paid time off

No formalized PTO program — allow for open structuring of employee work time, provided projects are completed for deadline.

recycling primary/secondary materials

Primary Material Steel Recycling Process: They use recycled low carbon (ferrous) steel and iron as their primary material. Any steel waste, from used vehicles to scrap steel and waste from mass production, is melted down, re-poured into usable forms, and can be recycled again and again without changing its properties. They also utilize old horseshoes, scrap steel from farms, and scrap yards.

Secondary Material Packaging Supplies Process: All items are packaged with recycled paper products, unbleached and thus less processed during recycling. They use old newspapers and packaging products that arrive at the shop for filling in cartons on orders, and recycle any and all paper packaging that cannot be used again.

charitable giving

The Backcountry Blacksmith has donated approximately 1% of sales to the following organizations:

Greening for the Bend: 3 years 1% for the Planet: 1 year Teton Valley Foundation: 1 year Peter's Valley School of Craft: 1 year Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center: 3 years

Environmentally Friendly Materials

Made from 100% recycled steel.

Resourceful Packaging

The trivet is packaged/wrapped in Kraft recycled brown paper, and sealed with a Kraft recycled brown square sticker. The artist cards that are inside of each package are attached to the trivet via a kraft recycled twist tie, and are printed on recycled paper.


There's one place—and only one place—where you'll find the Horseshoe Heart Trivet: UncommonGoods.




Made in the USA

Made from
sheet metal, recycled steel
8" L x 8" W; 1.5 lbs.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The heart trivet has four tiny pedestals which elevate it from the surface it rests on. These legs allow airflow underneath and prevents direct contact with table surfaces.
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Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.