You might think of farriers and blacksmiths as having a very specific job. But Alexandra Paliwoda — “the Backcountry Blacksmith,” as she is known — let creativity take her in a new direction. Instead of working with horses, Paliwoda now creates handcrafted usable pieces of art from recycled steel. 

Paliwoda is a featured artist at the A+Y Gallery in Montrose, and she took her craft to the sidewalk Friday evening for the monthly First Friday Stroll in Montrose. 

An Alaska native who now lives in Salida, she creates everything from platters to wine rests, all with an eco-friendly twist and using recycled or upcycled steel. Upcycling, according to Paliwoda, means turning an old item into something new with a new use. Her work is can be seen at the A+Y Gallery. 

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