One of the things that makes the Hidden Moose Lodge unique is that each of our rooms & suites are decorated with a different theme. Nothing about the Moose is cookie-cutter. Part of that unique décor is the ironwork that is featured throughout the lodge. Best of all it is made right here in Whitefish by a talented blacksmith who hails from the “other side of the pond”, but had chosen to live in our beautiful corner of the world. Tony Stewart owns the Iron Thistle Forge, a blacksmithing shop just 8 miles from Whitefish and he’s worked closely with Kent & Kim over the years.
Tony takes the theme of each room and runs with it… creating mirrors, iron head boards, light fixtures and towel bars – Our “Glacier” suite mirror features and ice axe and climbing rope, all hand forged in metal. A forest of iron pine trees dons the bathroom light fixture for our “Treetops” room. All custom made by Tony just for the Hidden Moose Lodge – believe me you won’t find these in any catalog.
You may have even caught a glimpse of Tony’s work on the Bachelor episode that took place in Whitefish. Part of that episode was filmed at the Hidden Moose and had the outdoor chandeliers created by the Iron Thistle Forge in the scene. [When one of the girls was sent packing and Sean walked her out to the waiting limo that whisks the teary bachelorette away to the airport.]
Using raw metal stock, Tony heats, hammers, twists and bends the metal into beautiful shapes until it becomes a bear, moose, mountain goat or a jumping trout like those featured in our “Riverbed” room.
You can visit his website and see more of his beautiful ironwork at: www.ironthistleforge.com – or see his works of art in person when you stay at the Hidden Moose Lodge.
Author: Sarah Stewart