Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Visit to Pioneer Iron Works

In the last two posts, we visited Judy's garden and saw her tremendous designs.  Today, we'll visit Joe at Pioneer Iron Works in Tacoma who fabricated Judy's pieces.  Joe says "If you bring me a picture of it, I can make it!" After seeing his work, I believe it.

 Joe's windmills move at the slightest breeze causing the glass nuggets to sparkle in the sun.

The following is a space ship.

This garden hate is hinged on both sides.  If you don't know how to open it, it's pretty tricky as the vines and leaves interlock in a really cool way.  This picture doesn't do the gate justice as it's much more  beautiful in person.

 Monsters anyone?

 Joe loves to play with light in his work.

 Here's Joe posing with a piece he was working on for Judy.

"Wolf Spirt" is over ten feet tall and is dedicated to all abused animals.  Each hair was individually cut and shaped before being welded in place. 
 "Wolf Spirit" can also be lit from inside, it's mouth can open and close and, if desired, it can blow smoke.
If you are looking for truly unique garden art,  have a picture of something you'd like made, need that cool metal auction find fixed, or just want to see Joe's work,  Pioneer Iron Works is the place to go! 


  1. Joe does some good artwork there! Fascinating pieces, I especially like the gates and wind-driven pieces.

    Thanks for sharing these with us.

    1. Yes, good pieces! Thanks for checking them out.

  2. wow! I really love that garden gate with the vines and leaves!

  3. Wow, I so wish he was within driving distance of Chicago!

    1. He is. Just depends on how many days you're willing to drive:)


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