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"Made in Louisiana": Custom Iron by Josh

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All month long we've been profiling products and gifts "Made in Louisiana." KPLC's Lee Peck takes us to Westlake to Custom Iron by Josh - where every piece is a one-of-a-kind.

On any given day you'll find owner Josh Guillory bending and manipulating metal to create elaborate works of art. He specializes in staircases, railings, gates and just about anything you can think up. 

While we were there, Guillory was working on his latest masterpiece - an intricate door facing with a fleur de lis center.

"This is the two doors for a large wood door. All of this is forged, hand hammered, hand forged design based off of what I drew up for the client," explained Guillory.

Guillory took shop as a student at Westlake High School and learned how to weld and work with metal. He said he never thought it would become a business. He's been at it nearly 10 years and is becoming the go-to guy for unique conversation pieces.

"This is a peacock feather. We had Linda with 'A Touch of Glass' on Lake Street work together with us on installing the stained glass. And this was a sample that we presented to the client that loved peacocks and we ended up doing two peacock feathers overlapping each other in a rolled railing. It came out really unique, really different. I think we stepped outside the box for sure on this railing," said Guillory.

Guillory's showroom also includes specialty items for the home and yard, including candle holders, fireplace accessories, and mailboxes just to name a few. He recently started dabbling in hand made jewelry.

"The jewelry is a little bit different than the custom design from our iron work. Definitely fun, definitely creative and a good way to express yourself," said Guillory.

So, if you are looking for something heavy duty, or a fancy accessory, or just something to put on the mantle - Custom Iron by Josh likely has it and if they don't, Guillory said, "We can definitely make it."

You may have seen some of Guillory's work and not even known it. Guillory was commissioned by the City of Lake Charles to do all the iron work along the Lakefront Promenade and the Ryan Streetscape.

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