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    Wilderness Reflections sign at Crown Center

    Here is the latest sign project from Fossil Forge. This sign is located at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The sign is a combination of elements. The letters are cut from 1/8 inch steel and mounted with a small offset to create better shadows and depth. On the left side is a sculptural grouping of cattails. These are made from a variety of steel, handforged, twisted and shaped. The letters and cattails were treated with a rust solution and heated. This helps create some interesting colors. The wolf head cutout is a retail item added to the sign. Wilderness Reflections is on the second floor of the shopping center.

    The cattails were a challenging element to add to the sign, but my favorite part of this project. They had to attach to the existing sign box and frame.


    A third Little Free Library is open for books

    I'm really proud of the latest Little Free Library to come out of Fossil Forge. This one is for Summit Pointe Elementary School, here in Lee's Summit, Mo. The library was commissioned to kick-off Young Authors month. The library is in the shape of a chubby little owl. Open its belly and get ready to share books.

    This Little Free Library is made from metal and other steel pieces.

    This Library overlooks the Outdoor Learning Center at the school.

    The Owl Library is coated in durable enamel paint.

    The inside is big, able to hold books of all sizes. A strong door with an acrylic glass front keeps everything in view.

    Colorful marble eyes watch over the school.

    The official Little Free Library hangs from the owl's talons.


    A special kind of wine rack

    Need a place to show off a special bottle or more. This custom-made bottle rack is perfect inside or out. It is made to hang on the wall, lean against the wall or swing from a hook. I hope it looks great in its new home...adorned with colorful bottles!

    Glass marbles are used as colorful accents on each corner of the rack.


    Distressed metal door pulls

    Here is one of four metal door pulls that have recently come out of Fossil Forge. These are made with thick 1/4-inch plate, which adds a beefy appearance. The steel is heated up and properly pounded with a hammer. A steel brush helped created the shiny surface. A new handle is attached with screws from the back.


    Read all about it!

    How about this perfect little place to keep your favorite reading materials? Imagine this hanging on the wall in a bedroom, hallway, basement, even outside on the porch or deck. Fill it with magazines, newspapers, books, even your iPad. This sculpture is made from a variety of steel components, including rustic found objects. This could be painted, or left a natural industrial steel color.