Born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado 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 truly pristine and wild place. Alexandra began working with metal 15 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 important things in life, when the day is done, are the experiences. A few of Alexandra’s many interests include travel, photography, playing guitar, river running, climbing, and spending time with those she loves. She makes sure her dog Jasper gets his daily run, and of course, forges metal into art in beautiful Teton Valley, Idaho!