We’ve taken the past few days to reflect on business

in 2013, and to set some goals for the future.

In order to streamline our products we are going to focus on a few main areas of interest:

signage, furniture, and decor.

Signage collaborations continue to be inspirational and challenging,

so we look forward to extending this service with our first orders of 2014 already in the works.

Furniture design remains one of our favorite avenues, with endless potential to be explored.

Our most recent seating designs were created from the blending of

welded metal and traditional textile weaving practices.

Several varieties, from lounger to bar stool, will be available on the online store soon.

Decor (‘e) … why the ‘e?  (it helped to fill the space, this may prove a bit confusing)

Decor has become the umbrella term for all the other products we create.. .

Anything from typography, abstract wall art, vases, lighting, and coat hooks can fit into this category,

so eventually we will revisit this vague area and refine it once again.

. . .

Our website theme has always been as minimal as possible,  and we’re content with its simplicity,

but it’s been awhile since our product photos have been changed.

We decided on three main photos that we felt were a good representation of the range of work

we wish to create in the coming year in hopes that these images spark the imagination of like minds.

We will continue to offer custom house numbers, both flat cut and channel styles,

which can be found on our online store and through our custom order page.

. . .

For now, we strive to find a balance in quantity vs. quality,

realizing that sometimes we must create what sells in order to pay the bills.

Although, that doesn’t stop us from working toward a day in which we have the luxury of time;

time to build that 3 story flower topiary for the front yard… just for the heck of it.

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As we wrap up a wonderfully productive year,

we take a brief pause to enjoy a selection of Etsy Treasuries inspired by the holidays.

Even though the hustle and bustle of this time of year can be overwhelming for the two of us,

it is an honor to be included among these talented creatives in the following curated collections,

and to represent the maker movement by creating unique gifts and products made with integrity.

Snowflakes Softly Falling, curated by Amy Noonan

Winter Trance, curated by Kristen

The Numbers Have It, curated by Karissa Van Tassel

Scouting, curated by Shawn

Christmas in Brown, curated by Maya Ben Cohen

. . .

This post is being published much later than originally anticipated,

as we return from a much-needed vacation in the warmth of the sun’s rays…

Business as (un)usual will resume shortly; cheers to an most productive 2014!

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Sitting here 1 week into December, I pause and think,

“Where did November go?” … in fact, where did this YEAR go?

They say time flies when you’re having fun, I can’t disagree.

Below, a collection of photographs depicting our most recent collaborations.
Descriptions + stories to follow…

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It’s that time of year, again.

Our traditional snowflake ornaments are in production.

We’re offering *Free Shipping* on all sets of 4 from now until Dec. 1.

Color Options include: Sky Blue, White, and Avocado…. all with a bit of rust.

Gift packaging is always available;

just let us know and we’ll be happy to package for immediate giving.

During the holidays and always we try our best

to give only handmade, or manufactured in the US gifts.

This can be a challenge,

especially since the holiday months can be Drop Metal’s busiest time of the year.

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Luckily, there is a wonderful group of artisans coexisting in a beautiful space located

in one very special location called Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment.

If you are ever in the Huntsville area, it is most definitely worth stopping by.

During a time of such mass consumption, Lowe Mill is a refreshing haven

filled with a wide variety of hand crafted treasures.

We are very lucky to be able to support our fellow artisans by choosing to

give our loved ones gifts that are handmade by local folks…

all without having to fight the dreadful mall traffic.

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While updating our Etsy Shop for the upcoming holidays,

a compilation of typography was organized into alphabetical order. . .

A nice dash of color against the quickly falling leaves that surround us.

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Several weeks ago, we were contacted by the folks at Rareform Architectural Products.

They were in need of a rustic, 5 foot long metal arrow that was to be lit on both sides.

Their need-by date allowed  just under  2 weeks to order supplies, fabricate the sign,

and have the finished product shipped to their facility…

In order to make the most of our time,  Micah went straight to work hand cutting each arrow

and welding up the sides. He then set them out to rust with a little help from Mother Nature.

The lights and wiring arrived on a Monday afternoon.

They were installed shortly after the UPS truck pulled out of the driveway.

The electric arrow was fabricated, wired, boxed, and  ready to roll by the end of the following day.

This is the first sign we have created that showcases lighting on both sides…

We couldn’t be happier with the results.

 Looking forward to sharing some installation photos soon!

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When we bought our lovely fixer-upper of a home, it included this beauty.

(photos courtesy of our home inspector, Pierre Billard)

The pool had been drained at one point, allowing the water below the fiberglass liner

to push against it, raising the deep end about 12″ from the concrete patio.

We did not have any interest in spending money to repair the pool,

 so shortly after moving in we added it to our growing list of things to conquer.

Over time, the pool has been filled in with all sorts of (non leaching) materials

that have been collected, bartered and begged for.

Our patience has paid off, and so far we haven’t had to spend any money on fill.

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Last week, we made huge strides toward completing yet another few chapters of this saga,

in hopes of turning this unwanted pool into an aesthetically pleasing and functional space.

The above photo illustrates our starting point last Tuesday.

As you can see, Micah had already filled in part of the deep end,

raising the level to a foot or so below the shallow end.

Most of the plexiglass in the deep end had been cut up into several pieces and removed.

The shallow end was removed in a single piece.

The future use of this liner has yet to be discovered…

so far we’ve considered an alpaca hut, storage shed, and stage.

(any inspiration is welcome)

The shallow end currently resides in our north field.

It’s not every day you see a tractor pulling a shallow end of a pool thru a pasture.

(hopefully we’ll never have to see this again, unless it is someone else’s project)

Here is the pool once the shallow end liner had been removed.

Notice white barrel in previous deep end.

This is Micah’s “breathing hole” for water in case it floods.

I am not sure how this works but you can use it as a reference point once the dirt starts arriving.

Two tractors were used in this project, graciously lent to us by Micah’s wonderful parents.

(endless thanks!)

After a pile of dirt was amassed at the edge of the pool,

the smaller of the two tractors was used to begin making an entry ramp.

This was about as sketchy as ever.

Micah did have to tow the little tractor out twice during this part. I did my part as the tow-ee.

Other than that, no major incidents occurred.

A new house had recently been built down the road;

The old house it replaced had been torn down and burned.

The foundation had been piled up in the front yard for awhile,

so Micah went over and asked if we could use it for fill.

The first plan was to load the pile of rubble onto a 16′ trailer, then dump it off into the pool.

No go.

We ended up unloading it all. Manually.

Lesson Learned.

The rest of the haul was brought over via tractor, one bucket load at a time.

The last of the fiberglass was pulled out piece by piece,

as we kept our fingers crossed that the entire hole didn’t collapse.

(it didn’t)

An extended version of tractor musical chairs was played for the next couple

hours, as loads of dirt were brought in and packed into place.

By the time Micah finished working it was dark,

so I had to wait until the next morning to catch a glimpse of all his hard work.

(I helped too, although a drop in the bucket compared to Micah’s efforts).

Here is a freshly washed Willow just waiting until I turn my back to go play in her new dirt pit.

We still have a couple feet to go until this massive hole is completely filled in,

but it has brought us one step closer to designing a backyard space to fit our lifestyle.

No longer is the view of the creek obstructed by fencing or white plexiglass!

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 Several days of cool, rainy weather has encouraged a fresh harvest of mushrooms,

and has allowed for speedy rusting of a few custom typography orders.

The alpacas sense the changing of the seasons, as their natural coats grow

in contrast to the shortening daylight hours.

Our first batch of snowflakes is out.. the holidays are quickly approaching.

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Many thanks to the kind folks of City Farmhouse for graciously hosting

the Pop-Up Barn Show this past weekend.

A delightful gathering of antique lovers, artisans, and collectors.

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A couple years ago, we were driving down the road

and noticed an old barn that had been partially bulldozed.

A few phone calls led us to the owner of the barn, who gave us permission

to take some of the wood before it was to be completely demolished.

Along with aged wood and rusty tin, we also found a few silo doors

with the text “Concrete Silo Co.” and “Pat Pend 7B” stamped on the metal handles.

We came home with 7 silo doors.

Two of them have been made into tables much like the one you see below,

and the 3rd (photographed here) will most likely reside with us for awhile.


Here are links to the original blog posts covering our two-day barn re-claiming project.

Thankfully, we’re still enjoying the fruits (aka: barn wood) of our labor!



(If you are interested in a custom silo door table, please feel free to contact us at info@dropmetal.com for pricing and availability.)
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