Alexandra Paliwoda artist | blacksmith Backcountry Blacksmith Inc.

About the inspiration:

Born in the Rocky Mountains and raised in the backcountry of Alaska, Alexandra Paliwoda expresses her love of the great outdoors with her hand-forged ironwork. True to its name, the Backcountry Blacksmith was forged in the remote wilds of the Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska. Having lived in such a remote locale, steel was to her the most similar medium to the ruggedness, yet forgiving nature of this truly untamed place she forever calls home.

Alexandra began working with steel 24 years ago when she was certified as a farrier by Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, forging horseshoes for various horseshoeing applications. “I just remember falling in love with the smell of hot iron and melting beeswax in the morning at farrier school”. And she has always kept that fire stoked, professionally as a farrier and by continuously forging steel until it became her full time career.

Alexandra lived in Alaska for 20+ years, growing up in Haines, on the coast, then moving to the deep interior. She worked in forestry, agriculture, tourism, as a farrier, ran a bakery, studied glaciology and natural sciences at the University off Alaska Fairbanks, lived a subsistence lifestyle, built her own cabin, hunted moose and caribou, cut and chopped many a cord of firewood, climbed, hiked, kayaked, canoed and explored as much as possible.

Curiosity and dreams of warmer weather led to her to occasionally travel overseas during the colder months of the year. Thus far her travels have taken her 900 miles up and back down the Amazon River, the South Pacific, The South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, Nepal a couple times, Patagonia, Peru and more.

Alexandra worked with blacksmiths in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, learning the tools of the trade. “I really wanted to make beautiful art from steel but needed guidance! I lived up in the mountains at my grandfathers cabin, which was a long, steep hike to get to in the winter. I had my forge, anvil, one hammer and one set of tongs. I hammered out piles of twisted, marred steel until I finally made something that was beautiful!” Now at home in Lewistown, MT, her shop is quite a bit more extensive, and she feels very lucky to love what she does. “I believe that quality of life is paramount, so really, I can’t complain!”

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MY RETURN OR EXCHANGE TO BE PROCESSED?

IF YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE STATUS OF A RETURN, IT CAN TAKE US UP TO 5 BUSINESS DAYS TO PROCESS AFTER IT ARRIVES TO US. FOR AN EXCHANGE, THE PROCESS CAN TAKE UP TO 3 WEEKS BY THE TIME YOU SHIP YOUR PARCEL BACK TO WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE NEW ITEM(S) AND SEE A REFUND POST ON YOUR CREDIT CARD IF A CREDIT IS DUE.

WE DO NOT REFUND, ACCEPT RETURNS OR EXCHANGES ON CUSTOM ORDERS.

UPS, USPS AND FEDEX RETURNS ADDRESS:

BACKCOUNTRY BLACKSMITH INC.
91026 US HWY 87
LEWISTOWN, MT 59457

PROVIDE YOUR PACKING SLIP:

IF YOU NO LONGER HAVE YOUR PACKING SLIP, PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE WITH YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION, REASON FOR THE RETURN(S) AND/OR ANY EXCHANGE REQUESTS.

SHIPPING COST:

WE DO NOT PAY FOR SHIPPING ON RETURNS NOR REFUND THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING COST WHEN WE PROCESS YOUR RETURN.

HOW CAN I CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY RETURN OR EXCHANGE?

YOU CAN CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR RETURN OR EXCHANGE BY CALLING US AT (406) 304-0604 OR EMAILING BACKCOUNTRYSMITH@GMAIL.COM

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MY RETURN OR EXCHANGE TO BE PROCESSED?

IF YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE STATUS OF A RETURN, IT CAN TAKE US UP TO 10 DAYS TO PROCESS AFTER IT ARRIVES TO US AND THEN A FEW MORE DAYS AFTER THAT FOR THE CREDIT TO POST. FOR AN EXCHANGE, THE WHOLE PROCESS CAN TAKE UP TO 4 WEEKS BY THE TIME YOU SHIP YOUR PARCEL BACK TO WHEN YOU SEE A REFUND POST ON YOUR CREDIT CARD.