Long recognized as a symbol of good luck, this trivet is hand forged by Alexandra Paliwoda, who uses traditional and modern blacksmithing techniques to hammer and sculpt the recycled steel into its iconic shape. She finishes the piece by hand polishing it to highlight unique textured details. It not only protects wooden surfaces and countertops, but is also elegant enough to display on the walls for a touch of rustic romance.
Responsible Business Practices
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.
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: $10.93
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.
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.
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 Wishbone Trivet: UncommonGoods.