I was immediately smitten upon seeing Fire Pit Art, by Rick Wittrig. StyleBlueprint has long advocated handmade usable art, and the pieces featured here today definitely qualify.
Rick Wittrig lives outside of Nashville and started creating these steel fire pits several years ago. I asked him how he came to choose this career and had to laugh at his answer:
A few years ago we purchased a fire pit for our family. It promptly fell apart and caught the yard on fire. I told my wife Donna “This will not happen again; I will build a better fire pit,” and so I did. When our friends came over they would say, “ Wow, where did you get that?” So I made some for friends and soon started marketing locally. Today we sell in all fifty states including Alaska and Hawaii, across most of Canada (we had one commissioned by the Olympics!), the Bahamas and as far away as Australia.
You’ve got to love and admire this can-do attitude. Rick grew up in a tiny Mennonite farming village in Illinois where he learned many skills, including welding and metal fabrication for farm machinery. These skills, obviously, have come in handy.
As Rick mentioned, his Third Rock-designed fire pit was commissioned by the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada.
Prices start at $979 — and your fire pit will last a lifetime. These fire pits find their way into backyards, porches and docks for private and commercial use.
I’m all inspired to re-do my backyard. Aren’t you? With a fire pit this pretty, we may just need to roast marshmallows year round!