I had a chance to get out and visit one of our Suppliers near Los Angeles yesterday. It was hot. Like 106 degrees hot. This supplier is where we buy our iron drapery hardware and we have been buying from them for years. They had a fire last year that nearly destroyed their business and it was time to make a visit and see how they are re-building.
When I started to walk toward the office I noticed that they had their workshop door wide-open. Standing in the sun was something that not many of us ever see being used, an anvil. And yes, it was being used. One of their Artisans was standing there and literally hammering out iron that would eventually become a drapery finial. The outside temperature was 106 and I imagine that inside the workshop it had to have been 120.
We use words like “hand-forged” and “hand-made” very loosely these days. I am sure that if you really dig down deep into the way most “hand-made” things are really made you might be a little disappointed. I stood and watched this Man hammer that iron for a few minutes and I felt a sense pride. Not really proud of DrapeStyle but just proud that their are People in America that are still making things with their hands. And, there are Companies that, when they say, “Hand Made” they actually mean, “Hand Made”.