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Working with Iron


Trent and Sam Toms holds one of their gates. Their iron business, called Antler Iron, LLC is up and running.

Story & photos by
Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder
September 2, 1999
Seeley Lake, Montana

While the Toms enjoy creating wonderful small iron decor and gag gifts, their love lies in the big jobscustom fences, security windows, ranch-gates and garden trellis.

"If you can think it, we can make it," says Trent Toms. "We like to work with people and create what they want."

Toms got started in the iron business in 1969, and has enjoyed creating iron work ever since. They now own and operate Antler Iron, LLC, in Seeley Lake.

Besides the big jobs, they can custom make garden tables, fireplace accessories, security window guards, tea carts, shelving brackets and wine racks.

Trent said he can take your old branding irons and turn them into something you can use around your home.

"There are so many things you can do with iron," he said. "It can be used for practical purposes and still enhance your home."

Sam helps with a lot of the designing and takes charge of the sales and bookkeeping end of the business.

"We have a whole set of design books that can help people create their own pieces," she said. "It's a lot of fun."

For a free estimate or to look at some of their work, feel free to call Sam or Trent at 577-3249, or e-mail them at

The Toms moved to Seeley last year from Seattle. Trent was raised in the Bozeman area.

Besides the iron work, both of them enjoy being involved within the community. Sam is a volunteer for the local Food Bank and the Loving Hearts Thrift Shoppe. Trent is a volunteer with the local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Wilderness Sportsman Club and is on the Double Arrow Fire Prevention and Awareness Board.


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