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                                         Bill makes the sparks fly!                 Mark teaching a workshop class

     Bill Printy operates the shop and Mark Heisdorffer assists him.  Bill has over forty years in the iron working business.  He has extensive experience and training in Blacksmithing, having studied at the College of Arts and Crafts of the Pacific and the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.  He has attended many workshops on Blacksmithing throughout the country.  Mark has worked in the shop over six years and has attended several workshops on Blacksmithing.

Armillary Sundial in the Bentonsport Rose Garden

   A fully equipped shop with a blend of contemporary and traditional tools and equipment, the shop produces artistic and decorative ironwork in a wide variety of forms.  In the gallery we have a selection of items for the home including fireplace tools, chandeliers, candleholders, floor and table lamps, wine racks and hangers.  Also Colonial lighting items such as Rush lamps and Betty lamps are available.

"Four Seasons" Ring

     Our shop has four forging stations and has the capability to handle all types of artistic ironwork and architectural ironwork such as fences, gates, window grilles, stair and porch railings, etc.


Some ironwork examples

     The Blacksmithing School at Iron and Lace has four fully equipped forging work stations.  We offer a weekend workshop in Beginning Blacksmithing and several other one day workshops including Forge Welding, Tong making and Tool making.  The workshops are limited to four students to assure personalized instruction.  Please check the Workshops page or call us about dates and costs.


Fireplace Tool set with Morning Glories              Detail of workmanship

     Come to the shop and see the forge, hear the hammer as it strikes the steel.  Meet the Blacksmith and see his work.  He works daily in his shop, but you need to call ahead for group demonstrations.

      The Iron and Lace shop is located in the Bentonsport National Historic District on the riverfront in scenic Van Buren County in Southeast Iowa.  The Villages of Van Buren offer many opportunities for outdoor recreation, shopping in our art and craft and antique shops, and visiting many other historic locations.  Stay the night at one of our unique Bed and Breakfasts.  For more details about the Villages of Van Buren and Bentonsport visit the web sites at:





      Grape cluster candle holder