Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Local Featured Seller: Iron Vines

 Who are you?  Matt Snyder of Iron Vines.

Where are you located?  Pittsboro NC

What do you create?  I make custom nature inspired furniture and lighting from metal. Most of the work is very vine and branch like. I also make tables that use antique stained glass.

What is your favorite place to visit in the "triangle"?   I like hiking at Eno River with my wife and our dog. It is good exercise and helps me come up with new ideas.
Fire Grate
 When did you start creating?  I started making things from Legos when I was 3 or 4 years old. Over time I migrated to garage to make huge messes and strange projects. In high school I took metal shop and found my preferred medium.

What is your most cherished handmade item?  That would have to be the coffee table I made for my wife. It is metal and antique stained glass. I made it a year and a half ago. It is very sturdy and heavy we sometimes leash the dog to it and the table doesn't budge. The stained glass in it was salvaged from a home remodel in the UK. It is a beautiful art deco piece.

Why did you choose your medium?  I choose metal because I like the freedom and versatility it gives me. It is very strong and mostly forgiving. I have worked in ceramics, glass, wood and plastic and I always come back to metal because I have so many more options with it.
Musical Instrument Stand
 What inspires you?  I'm inspired by forms in nature. I look at root structures, branches, electron microscopic images of diatoms and mathematical symmetry in nature.

Where do you create?  I live and work in a small house on stilts with a tiny shop area under the house. It is just enough room to do my work. It is out on a back road next to a creek in a forest outside of Pittsboro NC.

Why did you choose your shop name?  I wanted to reference both the natural inspiration of my work and the medium I work in.
Candle Holder, 3 inch Pillar Candles
What are your goals?  I would like to have a self sustaining business doing both online sales and selling at craft shows with occasional custom orders.

What do you do when you are not creating?  I like being out in nature with my wife and our dog. I also like to fix things around the house and do automotive repair but only when what I do works and doesn't make a bigger problem.

Don't forget to swing by and check out all of Matt's beautiful Iron Vines for sale!

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