Hearth Tools Now available

We now have limited quantities of our Hearth Tools available for order: 

Made by hand in cast silicon bronze, our Hearth Tools have a burnished finish that will naturally patina over time. The stand, made from blued steel and seasoned cast iron, has a Horween leather pad (scrap from a local shoemaker) to protect your floor from its heavy base. The brush, a tied bundle of broomcorn, is designed to be used and replaced, if need be. When the brush has worn out, simply toss it into the fire.

Please reach out to us at info@boroughfurnace.com if you are interested!

Anthony Bourdain: Raw Craft

We had the pleasure of hosting Anthony Bourdain in our workshop for the first episode of Raw Craft, a new series celebrating American craftsmanship:

Many thanks to Anthony and The Balvenie for stopping by. We can't wait to see the rest of the series!

Hearth Tools

The August issue of Wallpaper* is out, featuring the Hearth Tools set we made for their Wallpaper* Handmade show at the Salone de Mobile and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Described as an "annual salute to craft and creativity" the exhibition is a showcase of commissioned pieces from top designers, artists and manufacturers - we were thrilled to have been included! From the magazine:

When we decided our fireplace needed a contemporary update, we turned to Borough Furnace, a metal casting workshop in Syracuse, New York. Its angular andirons weigh in at a hefty 30lb, ensuring their solid iron forms radiate heat long after a fire has stopped burning, while the poker and shovel are simple shapes made from cast silicon bronze. To create the brush, made from hand-tied broomcorn, Borough Furnace worked with Matt Rogers of Everyday Eclectic.


Image: Caleb Charland for Wallpaper*

Image: Caleb Charland for Wallpaper*

You can take on online tour of the show in Milan as well as see details on the other pieces included here.  

For information on availability, please get in touch with us at info@boroughfurnace.com

Wallpaper* Handmade

We are so pleased to announce that we have a fireplace tools set debuting at the Salone de Mobile in the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition, opening April 8th. Stay tuned for pictures! 

In the details: Core77

John spoke with Core77 this week about the evolution of the Skilletron and the challenges of heating waste vegetable oil to 2600 degrees to melt iron. You can read their column here for some background on how it all comes together inside our furnace.

Easier ordering at the skillet store

In an effort to improve the customer experience on our website, we've decided to reorganize the way we have been operating our skillet store. Going forward, we will not list our sales in small weekly batches as we have been doing, but will open up orders to be fulfilled in the order they have been received. We will be rolling out our new store format at noon Eastern time today.

If skillets happen to be sold out when you check in with us, you will have the ability to sign up to be notified once we are able to take on more orders from a link on the product page. If you are on our main mailing list reserved for big news (like more products on the way!), we won't be spamming you with notes about inventory levels. 

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with feedback over these months! We never could have anticipated this level of interest in our skillets when we launched six months ago and are so grateful for all of the support.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at info@boroughfurnace.com with any questions. 

Saveur Magazine

For its 20th anniversary issue, Saveur Magazine has created a list of 100 noteworthy food stories, combining their 2014 annual best-of picks with a look back at their favorite things from the last 20 years of publication. We were excited to learn that our 9" frying skillet would be appearing among those being honored in the Saveur 100 - and then even more so to host the magazine in our shop to record a video of our process! Check out the below for a peek into our workshop to see what goes into making each of our skillets by hand.

You can find the full list of featured stories included in the Saveur 100 here


Gear Patrol selected our frying skillet as part of its inaugural GP100, a curated selection of their 100 best consumer products of 2013. We're especially honored to be included among the other companies in their Home category - Knoll, Weber, Steelcase and Nest, just to name a few. Take a look at the full list of winners here. Thanks, guys! 


The Syracuse Post Standard

The Syracuse Post Standard paid us another visit - documenting our process in this photo essay

UPDATED 8/6/13 - Michelle Gabel's photographs have been accompanied by an article, complete with cast iron cooking recipes. Thanks to Don Cazentre and the Post Standard for the local support! 

Skillets for sale

We're happy to announce that the Borough Furnace store is now live!

Skillet Wall John.jpg

As all of our products are made by hand in small batches, we will be listing items on a weekly basis as they come out of the furnace. 

In the shop today, you can find eight of our cast iron frying skillets as well as our bottle openers, available in both cast iron and Zamak. Our 12" braising skillets and other products will be soon to come.



Campfire Cookin'

Over the weekend, we took some skillets, some friends and a canoe to Hunter Lake, NY for a little R & R before diving headlong into final push building the new foundry. The trip also gave us the opportunity to try out the skillets over a campfire. Not only were the fish perfectly cooked, they looked good cookin'. 

Hunter Lake 2011
Hunter Lake 2011 Skillet Flame
Hunter Lake 2011 Cornbread Breakfast