Owner/founder - Backcountry Blacksmith Inc.
A little About the inspiration...
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. True to its name, the Backcountry Blacksmith was forged in the Wrangell St. Elias Mountains of Alaska, a land that is truly pristine and wild. Having lived in such a remote and rugged locale, steel was to Alexandra the most similar medium to the ruggedness, yet forgiving nature of the north. Alexandra began working with metal 18 years ago 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 most important thing, when the day is done, is quality of life. A few of Alexandra's many interests and passions include picking guitar, playing in the mountains, photography, spending time with those she loves, and of course, with her awesome crew, forging metal into art in beautiful Teton Valley, Idaho!