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Whitefish Pottery “mugs” it up for the Hidden Moose Lodge

April 8th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Have you ever given any thought to where your coffee mug comes from?  Go ahead, turn over your mug and look, [but make sure it’s empty first – Doh!]  When we were deciding on where to get our coffee mugs for the Hidden Moose Lodge, (important in our line of business),  we decided to “go local”. For many years we’ve been serving our morning coffee to sleepy guests in locally made mugs from Whitefish Pottery.  Tom Gilfillan, [aka. “Tom the Potter”], owner of Whitefish Pottery, is one of the biggest Bruce Springsteen fans we know, [if not THE biggest], and a talented potter as well.   He and his wheel spinning crew hand throw each Hidden Moose logo’d mug and glaze them in a variety of beautiful colors.

Besides Hidden Moose coffee mugs, Whitefish Pottery, make a variety of handcrafted items from cookie jars to wine crocks to serving bowls that are sold in their downtown retail store, Stillwater Gallery.  In addition to their pottery, they also feature wonderful local artwork, crafts and other handmade pottery at their store.

Other “fun facts” about Tom’s business:

  • Whitefish Pottery was commissioned to make the “official” coffee mug for the Glacier National Park Centennial celebration.  How cool is that?
  • You can take a free tour of their pottery studio (about 5 miles from downtown Whitefish), to see how they actually make, fire & glaze their creations.
  • Stillwater Gallery is one of 13 galleries that participate in “Gallery Nights” – Held from May-October each year on the first Thursday of the month in Whitefish.  Local galleries & shops stay open late, lay out free refreshments and feature a variety of special artist exhibitions.
  • Each year Whitefish Pottery holds an anniversary party for the whole community out at the studio location.   This year’s 18th anniversary bash will be on Friday May 10th – with live music, food and libations – it’s always a blast.

Our guests often purchase a Hidden Moose Lodge mug handmade by Whitefish Pottery as a memento of their stay with us.  It’ll not only looks cool on their desk at work, but they swear their coffee tastes better!

For more on Whitefish Pottery visit their website at: www.whitefishpottery.com or find them on Facebook.

Author: Sarah Stewart

Unique Ironwork gives the Hidden Moose Lodge a rustic flair.

April 2nd, 2013 by kimtaylor

An ice axe and climbing rope decorating the Glacier suite mirror,  were custom made by the Iron Thistle Forge of Whitefish Montana.

An ice axe and climbing rope decorating the Glacier suite mirror, were custom made by the Iron Thistle Forge of Whitefish Montana.

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