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Inside Hubbardton Forge

It's an unfortunate fact that handcrafted consumer products have fallen out of favor in the mainstream market and have been unceremoniously replaced by items that often aren't even touched by human hands until they are ripped from their packaging. Sad, perhaps, but nonetheless understandable. Handcrafted products are usually very expensive, hard to find and sometimes even lack the functionality or durability of the cheaper plastic alternative. But, what if that weren't true? <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge_m47.html?linkloc=newSearchRedirect" target="_blank">Hubbardton Forge</a> has been handcrafting affordable lighting fixtures and accessories at its forge in Castleton, Vermont, since 1974, and the blacksmiths who work there are known for producing some of the most beautiful pieces of functional art in the lighting industry. Their process is a marriage of Old-World metalworking methods and modern technology that allows them to bend the rules of blacksmithing as cunningly as they bend the metals of their trade. The craftspeople at Hubbardton Forge are proud of what they do and make no secret of their methods. In fact, the company was featured on the Discovery Channel's popular "How It's Made" program and you're welcome to watch the segment in the provided video link. [caption id="attachment_943" align="alignleft" width="202"]<img class="wp-image-943 " style="margin-right: 15px;" title="male_welding_72" src="https://images.atgstores.com/images/mktg/male_welding_72bp0316.jpg" alt="male_welding_72" width="202" height="260" /> A Hubbardton Forge blacksmith practices his art.[/caption] One of the most impressive things about the company is that it manages to maintain the highest level of environmental integrity in its production processes. This likely stems from the fact that they're "old school" in their methods, but even so it takes a lot of effort to win the Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence when you're in the manufacturing business. One of their many notable achievements in environmental stewardship is their water reclamation program, which has decreased their water use by 97% and makes them an industry leader in such efforts. In this way, Hubbardton Forge sets an example of responsible manufacturing in a world that now accepts as gospel the idea that environmental sacrifices must be made if people are to enjoy luxury at a reasonable price. That's simply not true and these artisans prove it every day they show up at the forge to hammer out something new. And hammer they do.<em> A lot</em>. Their product line is a magnificent array of <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge-chandeliers_89_m47.html" target="_blank">chandeliers</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge-mini-chandeliers_3454_m47.html" target="_blank">mini-chandeliers</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge-island-lighting_443_m47.html" target="_blank">island lighting</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge-foyer-lights_444_m47.html" target="_blank">foyer lighting</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/hubbardton-forge-pendant-lighting_11302_m47.html" target="_blank">pendants</a> and more. Every piece that ships from Castleton is lovingly crafted using timeless tools and methods by people who genuinely care about their craft and the products they put out into the world. Each item is unique and in turn gives any room in which it's placed its own sense of warmth and personality. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> is a proud partner with Hubbardton Forge and is happy to offer its line of fine lighting fixtures and accessories for your enjoyment. &nbsp;
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