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A Heritage in Iron (Sold Out)

A Heritage in Iron, $50

by Rafael Routson ($50)
Published 2004, 215 pages

This volume is a tribute to the artists who designed and the blacksmiths that forged the exceptional ironwork on two historic Southwestern Colorado ranches. Praised by readers and judges alike, this book has earned three national book awards.

Book Awards

ForeWord Magazine

  • 2005 Book of the Year Awards
  • Finalist – Architecture

Independent Publisher

  • 2005 IPPY Awards
  • Finalist – Architecture


  • Western Regional Book Design and Production Awards
  • First Place – Jacket/Cover Design
  • Runner-up – Art/Photography

Judges’ comments:

  • “Cover image invites readers in. Warm, illustrative of subject.”
  • “Fascinating book from cover to cover. Exceptional blending of type and illustrations hold reader interest.”
  • “Over-great shelf appeal.”
  • “A beautiful book of quality, and you are to be commended for the care taken to create a wonderful product.”
  • “The photographs are excellent, as are all the graphics, and I particularly applaud the designer – beautiful, detailed work.”
  • “I like that the ironwork information is set in a larger story of the various farms. The editor produced error-free, clear copy—sadly, this seems to be a rarity now!”
  • “A very lovely book.”

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