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Now THAT’S A Barbed Wire Fence
Installing 660 ft. of fencing including gates wouldn’t typically draw attention in Midland, Texas. But it stopped traffic in May when Jeremy Hedrick welded strands of 1-in. diameter “wire” with 3-in. long barbs to 4x4 metal posts.
    The giant barbed wire is the brainchild of Hedrick and his father-in-law Richard Kalas, owners of The Iron Anvil, a welding and blacksmithing shop in Albuquerque. Hedrick got the idea when a friend attempted to replicate oversized barbed wire for a vendor booth and he decided he could make it even better.
    “After scrapping $2,000 worth of material and hours of work, we finally got it and made a pair of gates,” Hedrick says. He credits Kalas for his skills that helped them make jigs, dyes and a machine powerful enough to twist two pieces of 1-in. mild steel pipes to create 10-ft. lengths of wire.
    Images of the first gates went viral and people called from all over the U.S. and overseas.
    “We went into production, building gates and shipping them all over the country. Now they want us to come out and put it up,” Hedrick says, citing an upcoming order for a customer who lives near a couple of popular country western singers.
    While a variety of customers including doctors, lawyers and ranchers order gates, bridges, coffee tables and other customized items, The Iron Anvil also sells 10-ft. lengths of giant wire to DIYers and artists. Some bend the steel into gentle arches for headboards. Others make headache racks or brush guards for their trucks.
    Cost for 10-ft. lengths start at $220/each (plus shipping), with discounted prices for larger quantities.
    The steel is made in California and is not coated. Most customers want a rust finish, Hedrick says, and a few paint their gates.
    Though the barbed wire is currently a hot seller, all of The Iron Anvil’s creations are made from scratch with creative and off-the-wall designs.
    That sets them apart, Hedrick says, and currently the business has a 4-month waiting list for custom orders, though there are usually barbed wire lengths available for sale.
    Check out the business’ website and Facebook page for videos and photos.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Iron Anvil, 6345 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, N.M. 87107 (ph 505 974-9990; www.theironanvilnm.com; Jeremy.Hedrick@me.com; Facebook: The Iron Anvil; Instagram: @the_iron_anvil).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4