Spring sales are coming up!

photos by  Ken Dundas

photos by Ken Dundas

Happy spring! The workshop has finally warmed up enough that we can open the big bay doors and let some light in - it’s such a nice time of year to be in the studio!

Production is off to a great start and we’re looking forward to some upcoming springtime events…

Our Online Sale is happening soon, Thursday, April 25th at 10am PT. We’ll be doing a large posting again for this sale - 600 pans! Because it’s such a big post, production is ongoing and there’s a 6 month processing time. Orders will ship by November 15th in time for Thanksgiving!

And if you’re local, our Spring Studio Sale is Saturday, May 11th! We’ll have 100+ pans for the sale, as well as some specialty items and guest demonstrators. Doors open at noon and we’ll be at it until 4pm. Our workshop is located at 1122 NW 46th ST, Seattle, WA 98107 - just look for the vintage Volvos of X-Ray auto!

We also have ongoing Monthly Lotteries, which we introduced last year because the Online Sales sell out so fast - they’ve been going really well and thank you to everyone who has been participating! You can learn more about how the lottery works HERE.

And finally, if you’re in Seattle and would like to check out the wares, we have Open Studio hours every 1st Sunday, 12-3pm. It’s a great time to chat and see the process - hope you swing by if you’re in the neighborhood!

We’ll post reminders of these events along with any new info on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Thanks everyone! This will be our 7th year collaborating with each other as Blu Skillet Ironware and we truly appreciate you making this possible! We’re looking forward to making a ton of pans this year and seeing what’s around the next corner!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Getting ready for the holidays!

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Thank you all for waiting so patiently while we chipped away at the order list from May’s Online Sale! It was a busy summer/fall, but all the pans made it out in time for Thanksgiving, hooray!!!

And now we’re looking forward to the winter holidays and getting ready for some upcoming events…

Our December lottery is a special Holiday Lottery with some unique items in addition to the pans. It opens Sunday, December 2nd at 3pm PT and closes Monday, December 3rd at 10am PT. You can find details about how the lottery works and a preview HERE.

And if you’re local, our Holiday Studio Sale is happening Saturday, December 15th! We'll have light refreshments, some special items, as well as 100+ pans! Doors open at noon, and the forge will be going with guest demonstrators hammering away until 4pm. Our studio is located in Ballard at 1122 NW 46th Street - hope to see you if you're in the neighborhood!

We’ll post reminders of these events on our Instagram and Facebook pages as we get closer to the dates.

Thank you all so much for your amazing support this year, we’re incredibly grateful to be making things we love and sharing them with you!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year,

Patrick & Caryn

~ photos 1-5 by KK Dundas | photos 6-7 by KLDstudio

Upcoming spring sales & events...

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So glad spring is finally here! Production is in full swing, and we're in the process of making all the handles for the entire year...so nice to see parts finally start to pile up!

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about some events coming up soon…

Our Spring Studio Sale is happening Saturday, May 5th, 12pm - 4pm! We'll have a couple of guest blacksmiths demoing, as well as light refreshments and 100+ pans! Our studio is located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle at 1122 NW 46th Street.

And we’re excited to announce our Online Sale! Thursday, May 17th at 10am PT. We're shooting for 500-600 pans for this sale - it will depend on how many we have in process at the time - crossing fingers! Production is ongoing and will continue through early November - all pans will be shipped out in time for Thanksgiving!

We've also started selling the pans through a lottery system. We post Monthly Lotteries every first Sunday of the month - for more information, see “How the lotteries work”. The lotteries also coincide with our Open Studio hours, noon to 3pm every 1st Sunday of the month - the forge is going and Patrick will demo throughout the afternoon. Hope you stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

We’ll also post reminders of these events on our Instagram and Facebook pages as well!

Thanks everyone! Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful spring, and we look forward to making a ton of pans for the upcoming sales!!!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

~ photos 1-6 by KK Dundas | photo 7 by KLDstudio

A new year and a few new things...

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! It feels good to be back in the studio hammering away and getting ready for the year!

We wanted to let you all know about a couple of things happening...

Our next Online Sale will be late spring, details TBD. We'll also have monthly online lotteries every first Sunday of the month this year - the first one is Sunday, February 4th. It opens at 3pm PT and closes the following Monday at 10am PT - you'll find a link to the Lottery page on the Announcement Bar at the top of the page of our website, and you can read about How the lottery works...HERE.

And...we're hiring!!! If you know someone that would be interested in an administrative position at a small two-person metal studio in Seattle, please send them this LINK.

Thank you all again for an amazing year last year! We enjoyed making some new things in addition to the pans, and we're really looking forward to 2018!

Hope you're all well!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Holiday Lottery & Studio Sale



Hope you're all getting ready for a wonderful holiday weekend! We're staying warm by the forge and keeping busy - we're just about to wrap up shipping for the fall online sale and we're getting ready for our online Holiday Lottery & local Studio Sale!

We've been working on some special items this year in preparation for the holidays. We'll have some of the copper salt bowl sets, stainless steel spoons and ladles, carbon steel cheese knives, and a few limited edition pans. We'll also have some trivets and IOU pan gift magnets available - essentially a gift certificate, but something to open up and hold onto until the pan arrives.

It's meant a lot to us to make these because it feels like it did back in the beginning when we were playing around in the studio making holiday gifts for family. We really hope you enjoy them. We'll be posting most of these items to the online Holiday Lottery, and we'll save some for our Studio Sale as well.

The online Holiday Lottery will open Sunday, December 3rd at 3PM PT and close Monday, December 4th at 10AM PT. We'll have a preview page up the Friday before - I'll post reminders to our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Our Holiday Studio Sale is happening Saturday, December 16th from Noon to 5PM. We'll have some special items, as well as 100+ pans. The forge will be going with demos all and light refreshments, so hope to see you if you're in the neighborhood!

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement this year! We're incredibly grateful to you and we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Summer Production...Fall & Winter Sales

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Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful summer! We've been busy making a ton of parts for the final year-end push and the summer has absolutely flown by!

Our fall Online Sale is coming up really soon - Thursday, September 7th at 10AM PDT. We're shooting for 400-500 pans for this sale - it depends on how many parts we have in process at the time of sale. Production and shipping will continue through early December.

We've also had fun in the studio this summer making some extra things like copper bowls and one-off stainless steel spoons and ladles. We'll have a special online Holiday Lottery at the end of the year with these few extra items. If you would like to see what we're working on between now and then, you can follow along on our Instagram page.

If you're in the Seattle area, our Holiday Studio Sale will be happening in December.  In the meantime, if you would like to stop by the studio to see the process, we have our Open Studio hours every 1st Sunday of the month from noon to 3PM. The Ballard Farmers Market is also happening at that time and is really worth a visit - it's just down the street and goes from 10AM - 3PM.

Thanks everyone for all your support this year, we feel incredibly lucky to be able to share the things we love to make with you - we look forward to the upcoming events and hope you are all well.

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Our Spring Studio Sale is just around the corner!

It's finally starting to feel like spring in the studio and we're excited to open the doors for our Spring Studio Sale!  It's coming up soon - Saturday, May 6th

We'll have a bunch of pans available, and Patrick, along with guest artist & blacksmith, Maria Cristalli, will demo throughout the day.  So if you're in Seattle, we hope you can swing by the studio to check out the wares, enjoy some light refreshments and see the process of forging hot metal!

Our studio is located in Ballard, at 1122 NW 46th ST, Seattle, WA 98107.  Doors open at noon and we'll be hammering away until 6pm!

Hope to see you then!

Patrick & Caryn


~ work by Maria Cristalli | mariacristalli.com

Some spring announcements...

Hope everyone is enjoying the start to a wonderful spring! We're enjoying the warmer weather and looking forward to some upcoming events!

Our first Online Sale of the year is coming up soon - Friday, March 17th at 10AM PDT. In addition to our regular sale, we'll have a lottery option too!

We're also looking forward to our local Studio Sale on Saturday, May 6th! If you're in the neighborhood, we hope to see you there! We'll post the details as we get closer to the date.

And we're really excited to be celebrating our 4th year of making pans this month! As a thank you for 4 amazing years, we're giving away one of our new little 7" fry pans with this post!  Just leave us a comment below with name and email (email isn't shared) and we'll enter you into the drawing! Comments will close 12PM PDT Monday, March 6th - we'll let you know if you're the winner that same day! You can also check out our Instagram and Facebook pages on March 10th for another chance to win!

Thank you all so much for your support and well wishes these last few years! We are so grateful, and we're looking forward to another amazing year!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn


The drawing is now closed - Thank you everyone for the super sweet comments, best anniversary present ever!

A couple of upcoming events for the holidays!

We're getting close to shipping out the last of the orders from September's online sale - last ship day will be December 8th - and we're looking forward to a couple of upcoming local events to wrap up the holiday season!

We'll be part of a pop up event at the Equinox Studios Very Open House in Georgetown! There will be 100+ artists and artisans, guests, demos, music, food trucks, and so much more! This is a huge event - an entire city block of warehouse space dedicated to arts & industry and a great place to pick up local gifts for the holidays!

Saturday, December 10th | 6PM - 9PM
502 S River Street | Seattle, WA 98108


And super excited to host another Holiday Sale at our studio in Ballard for everyone who is near and dear! We'll have as many pans as we can make and some IOU gift magnets available if we run out of inventory. There will be blacksmithing demos throughout the day and light refreshments. Hope to see you!!!

Saturday, December 17th | 12PM - 5PM
1122 NW 46th Street | Seattle, WA 98107


Thank you all for an amazing year! We are so grateful, and we're looking forward to the next leg of the journey in 2017!

Happy Holidays!

Patrick & Caryn

Shop update and a preview...


Thank you everyone for being so supportive and patient while we filled a ton of orders from last February's online sale! These past months have been a whirlwind, but we're wrapping things up and eager to take a break from shipping so we can focus on just making pans and gear up for our next online sale - which is coming up soon!

The next online sale will be: Wednesday, September 7th at 10:00AM PDT. In order to make as many pans available as possible, we'll only be selling the 10" & 13" pans. You can see the new shop page here.

We'll also be making pans for local sale during the holidays. We'll post details to our Instagram and Facebook pages as we are able.

Thank you again and hope you're all having a wonderful summer!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Our Spring Studio Sale is coming up soon!


It's so nice to be in the workshop in the spring, and we're really excited to open our doors for our Spring Studio Sale! We'll have lots of pans available and Patrick will demo throughout the day - if you're in the Seattle area, we hope you can stop by! 

See you then,

Patrick & Caryn

A belated Happy New Year and an update...


We've been quietly getting things in order after a crazy end to last year. The power hammer is in much better shape now, and Patrick's been working on a bunch of new tooling. So production's off the ground and should be humming soon!

We'll have our first online 'Shop' posting of the year Wednesday, February 10th at 10am PST. Since our recent posts have sold out in minutes, we're posting a very large inventory with production and shipping times taking up to six months - it's a big one!

We'll also be working on inventory to sell locally at our studio Sunday, May 1st - so if you're local to Seattle, please Save the Date and stay tuned! We'll announce the details when we get closer to the date.

Thank you all for your support this last year, and all the years before that! We are so incredibly grateful, and we're excited to be getting back to it!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Happy Holidays!

While we're busy filling past orders, we're also planning a couple of upcoming events to celebrate the season... 

You can find us at the Book Larder in Fremont next Saturday, November 28th, 11am - 2pm along side a small group of local businesses and authors for Small Business Saturday. 

We'll also open up our studio the following Saturday, December 5th (changed to December 19th). Hope you can join us for some light refreshments and demos from 11:00am to 6:00pm. 

Hope you're all enjoying the season and staying warm!


Patrick & Caryn

A short history and what's next.

Some of you know us, and some of you are new to our business, so a little history or recap seemed in order...

It's been almost three years since the pan idea was born. It happened when Patrick came home with a pot rack for our apartment, and while hanging up the pans he came across an old crepe pan of mine. "This is just carbon steel...I can make this." became, what is now, our little hand-forged pan business.

Over the months the idea took on a life of it's own. We made the logo, the website, print materials... We hit the ground running in March of 2013 at the Ballard Farmer's Market. We had no idea what to expect, and the response was wonderful! We developed the product and the business little by little as only a couple of art majors could, with a lot of intention.

Forging and finishing the pans requires a lot of skilled craftsmanship, and it's an extremely labor intensive process. We don't make them one by one, and we can't make them by the thousands - we make very small batches of about 25 pans per week, while also managing the day-to-day operations of a small business.

Cook's Illustrated listed us as manufacturers, but it's probably easier to think of us as makers - a bit of a buzzword lately, and we don't really mind it. It's hard to describe what we do sometimes - even to ourselves. We're figuring it out as we go, but behind it all is a desire and commitment to make beautiful things that are more than the sum of their parts.

We've experienced a huge increase in demand since the article came out, and we're doing what we can within some tight limitations. Thank you all for bearing with us - it's been an amazing year, and it's been really wonderful to read everyone's emails and comments - they mean so much!

Our last online store posting for 2015 is Wednesday, October 7th - we'll post again in February 2016. We'll also have some pans available at our annual Holiday Open Studio in December - so if you're local, stay tuned!

Thank you!

Patrick & Caryn

Thank you all for another sold out shop!

Everything happened so fast yesterday - we sold out in record time...again!! All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you haven't already heard, a review of our 13" Fry pan in Cook's Illustrated magazine has introduced us to about a million people who love to cook!

The bad news is, we're all sold out all the time. The good news is, it looks like we will be making pans for a very, very long time - thank you!

This last posting was huge! So we're working nonstop to get the pans made and orders out, as well as making a ton of parts for the next store update so that we can make it another big posting.


Our next store update is:

Sunday, September 6th at 10:00am PDT


If you'd like to receive a store reminder, you can sign up here and we'll email you a heads up the day before we post.

And if you were on the store page yesterday, you saw how quickly everything sold out - most of the inventory was gone by 10:05am. It's still hard to believe! This hectic pace could continue through the holidays, so if you'd like to check back in the Spring, things should be much less frenzied by then.

For now, we will continue to make as many pans as we possibly can and post new updates to the online store every 2-3 weeks. We're also starting to get some help with production as well as the communication end of things, so we hope things will get a little easier.

Thank you all so much!

Patrick & Caryn

Hooray! Uh oh...

You might already know there's a review of our 13" Fry pan in the Sept/Oct issue of Cook's Illustrated...hooray! And they liked it...hooray! We're really blown away by the response - thank you!

And on to the 'uh oh'... We're a couple of artists/craftsmen making small batch pans, as well as handling all the day to day operations of a studio and small business. We're currently experiencing an extremely high volume of orders, phone calls and emails, which is why we're unable to process orders over the phone - the online store helps us streamline the ordering process immensely!

A few notes about the online store:

We had over 350 people on the website placing orders when the weekly post went live, and we sold out of a large batch of pans very quickly - it was unbelievable! So we will be introducing a backorder option of 100 - 13" fry pans with a processing time of 12 weeks next Wednesday on top of our weekly post.

Also, a note about the shopping cart and why an item in your cart might not be there when you check out: our website is a Squarespace template and the shopping cart is how they set it up - below is an excerpt from the Squarespace Commerce FAQ page regarding the issue:

When will a product be removed from inventory?
A product's stock level will reduce when a customer checks out. This means that if you have one product left in stock but two customers added it to their carts, the product will be sold to whoever completes checkout first.

So just know that you'll want to check out quickly!

We're working through a backlog of phone calls and emails, but we're also making pans and processing a ton of orders - so it may take us some time to get back to you, but we will, and thank you so much for bearing with us!


Patrick & Caryn


We'll be in San Francisco July 18 & 19th!

Looking forward to another Renegade Craft Fair! Hope you can stop by if you're in the neighborhood! Click here for all the details.

It's a road trip plus a bit of a vacation for us, so we'll be out of town the last 3 weeks of July - see you back in Ballard Sunday, August 2nd.

If you'd like to get in an order before we go, the last day to place an online order is Wednesday, July 8th.

Thank you all so much - we're at the halfway point of an amazing year and we're so very grateful for all of your support. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer!


Patrick & Caryn

A project and a note about Sunday hours...

My nephew had a school assignment - write about something you're passionate about...couldn't have been more proud that he chose blacksmithing! For the project, he made an iron & brass pie server, incorporating some simple forging techniques: hammering, twisting, lay-out, and riveting - go team!

Wanted to share his project and invite you by the studio - we'll have Open Studio Hours, Sundays 1-4pm starting this weekend - hope to see you!

Happy Mother's Day!


We'll be at the Ballard Farmer's Market for Mother's Day this Sunday, May 10th! If you haven't been to the market lately, it's definitely worth a trip - buckets of beautiful flowers, spring produce, music and much more! We're finishing up some salt bowl sets and steel blackboards this week to bring along with us, and we'll post some to the online store as well.

This will be our last weekend at the market for a while, but starting in June, we're switching our Open Studio hours to Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there or here - or both!


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