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Ivy Vogel
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson W/ BIZ FOCUS Vaughn Schafer poses next to an iron replica of a moose skull that he recently finished at Iron Arts and Works in El Jebel, which he owns with his wife, Lori.
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Vaughn Shafer started training for his current job when he was 7 years old. Vaughn worked in shops with his father, grandfathers and uncles learning how to create custom iron work. In 1989 Vaughn opened Irons Arts and Interiors but did not add the gallery until 1997.Vaughn’s wife, Lori, works in the gallery, and does leather and beadwork. She grew up near the Pine Ridge Reservation, and the art and leather work of the Sioux Indians was a significant influence. After owning a catering business in Aspen for several years, Lori decided to do what she loves.”I’d just been cooking forever,” Lori said. “This is a nice change. It’s relaxing, and I feel like I have a connection to the past.”

Iron Arts and InteriorsOwner: Vaughn and Lori ShaferAddress: 275B El Jebel Road, El JebelHours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Phone: 963-3184Fax: 963-3184E-mail: vaughn@sopris.net

Web site: http://www.ironartandinteriors.comYears in business: 10Number of employees: TwoIs this a franchise? NoWhat do you do? Custom ironwork including lighting, railings, fireplaces, home accessories, stove hoods, sculptures, etc. We also do custom leather work such as Native American clothing, bags accessories, jewelry, gun cases and moccasins.Who are your customers? Folks from all over the valley and people who use the Internet.

What’s unique about your business? We enjoy working with each individual to create what they have in mind or help them with many ideas.What’s good about doing business here? We are local and reachableWhat has been your most successful offering? Custom iron fireplace frontsWhat’s next for your business? We try to add new dimensions continually.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com


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