STYLE MAKERS – Winter
Made in America: Hubbardton Forge
Courtesy of Hubbardton Forge, Exclusively for KLAFFStyle
Lighting Design Meets 21st Century American Craftsmanship
A hammer strikes repeated blows to red hot steel as a forge waits glowing nearby. It’s a scene that was common at blacksmith forges centuries ago and it remains a part of our process today at Hubbardton Forge in Castleton, Vermont.
Founded in 1972, Hubbardton Forge was originally housed in an old barn on the property of a great-uncle of one of the founders, and in 1988, with needs for a larger space and room for growth, the company relocated, one town over, to Castleton, Vermont. This new facility opened up a number of opportunities including the ability to add more artisans, designers. Today, more than 240 people work at Hubbardton Forge, making it one of the country’s oldest and largest continuously operating commercial forges in the USA.
“We feel manufacturing domestically allows a level of responsiveness to customers we couldn’t otherwise provide, and keeps well-paying jobs in the U.S.A.,” says Bob Dillon, Hubbardton Forge CEO.
In 2017, the company introduced two new lines – Synchronicity by Hubbardton Forge, which incorporates crystal and artisanal glass into its designs in unique and unexpected ways; and Vermont Modern by Hubbardton Forge, which features bold lines and colors and a contemporary style. With the addition of these new lines, the company has shown a clear and continued commitment to domestic manufacturing, investing in new equipment over the years, partnering with local artisans and vendors.
Castleton, VT 05735
In 2018, Hubbardton Forge introduced the Griffin Pendant, featuring exquisite blown glass from renowned glassmaker, Simon Pearce.
Every team has an important role to play with the creation of the Forge’s lighting. The design team starts with an idea. In the evolution of the concept, they work with prototyping to create a metal sketch. As the concept moves forward to the final product, the engineering and tooling teams create tooling specifically for that design to help artisans in shaping and crafting the pieces, keeping the design consistent. Tooling can take dozens of hours and in some cases, more than 100 hours.
Each Hubbardton Forge lighting fixture, as well as those in the two new lines, Vermont Modern and Synchronicity, is made-to-order. This allows customers to choose their finish options, pendant lengths and more. It’s a benefit of domestic manufacturing. Lead time is weeks, not months and it also means a reduced carbon footprint with shipping-to-order.
Everything occurs under one roof. From design to engineering to manufacturing to shipping and customer service. Customer Service team members receive hands-on training installing new lighting designs, to provide knowledgeable assistance to customers. And the company is confident about the quality of its lighting, offering a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all its fixtures installed in a residential setting.
Today, Hubbardton Forge combines traditional forging with innovative new technology in its designs. The juxtaposition of the forged, textured steel and shaped LED light-guides is stunning in pendants like the Zephyr by Hubbardton Forge, or the Hendrix Pendant from Synchronicity.
Hubbardton Forge is a modern-day success story in manufacturing in the USA. A company that continues to grow and thrive by delivering high-quality products in an eco-friendly way to people who value lighting that will last a lifetime.
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