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Artisan Chase Allen Writes About His American Made Winning Experience

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Winning the Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice award was so thrilling. There were the obvious perks, such as the $10,000 grand prize, the all-expenses paid trip to New York City, the chance to meet Martha Stewart and tour her headquarters, the heightened exposure for my handcrafted coastal metal sculptures. But upon arrival to the awards weekend, I soon realized that I’d overlooked the most important perk of all.

I realized that I was finally surrounded (quite literally) by like-minded creative entrepreneurs. I work and live on a very small and bridge-less island called Daufuskie, and the truth is, I don’t come into contact with too many people who have that risk-taking mind-set found in entrepreneurs or that creativity that oozes out of artists and artisans. Meeting people with both of these talents is very rare for me.

I have visitors stopping by my Daufuskie Island Iron Fish Gallery every day to see my work, and they often say a quick congratulations on being a successful “maker.” I often don’t understand what it is about my work that impresses people. Since creating coastal sculptures from steel is what I’ve been doing professionally now for 14 years, these responses fall on deaf ears. Simply put, this is my job. I don’t see myself or my career as anything special, so the majority of the time, I don’t realize why people seem so impressed with what it is that I do.

Well, thanks to the American Made Awards Summit,  I have a slightly better understanding of what it is my visitors are seeing. I spent a decent amount of time with the other winners during the weekend, and we toured what I like to call “Martha’s world” together. We also rehearsed together, waited together, stayed at the same hotel, shared cabs, etc. In other words, we had plenty of time to swap stories and “trade secrets,” and to say I learned a lot would be an understatement. I found myself so enamored with everyone’s stories of success and quickly became “impressed.” I was seeing in others what others see in me.

Hard work, creativity, intelligence, risk-taking, vision, and good ol’ stubborn persistence are very special abilities that all of the winners had in common.  These makers not only create, they also tackle headfirst the not-so-sexy sides of being a “maker,” such as marketing, accounting, sourcing, shipping, website management, displays, communications, public relations, and more. I now conclude that what my customers are most impressed with and inspired by is the fact that where millions of people have the ability to make things, only a fortunate few are able to create a real business out of making those things. Now, I wake up and pinch myself, knowing I am lucky to be one of those few, and feeling honored to have been surrounded by so many other inspiring makers.

martha stewart and Chase Allen presenting

Martha Stewart and Chase Allen presenting


Martha Stewart and Chase Allen

Martha Stewart and Chase Allen

2014 Martha Stewart American  Winners

2014 Martha Stewart American Winners

Black Friday American Made Discount – One time per year!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Black Friday at American Made’s Winner Chase Allen and his Iron Fish Gallery

Clearly I am not able to keep up with the large retailers during the Holiday season.  However, the Christmas Holidays bring in so many orders in a short period of time that it allows me to offer a 10% off three day  “group” discount which am always thankful to offer.

Starting tomorrow, everything on my website is offered at 10% off the retail price.  This discount will only last through “Cyber Monday” and this is the only time of year where I am able to offer this discount.  I hope everyone wanting to give an original, handcrafted gift this year is poised to take advantage of this annual holiday special.  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!   – Chase Allen

2014 black friday american made iron fish gallery ad

2014 black friday american made iron fish gallery ad

Daufuskie Island Artist Chase Allen leads national “American Made” Martha Stewart sponsored contest

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Daufuskie Friends:

Daufuskie Island resident and artist CHASE ALLEN is competing to win an “American Made” contest sponsored by the Martha Stewart Living magazine, and is particularly well-positioned to win the 2014 Audience Choice Award Winner.As of this morning, he has moved into 1st Place!!!

This is a true David and Goliath story….Imagine a business from tiny Daufuskie beating out thousands of other companies around the country for this prestigious award!!


Chase deserves this award on merit alone, as anyone who has visited the IRON FISH GALLERY will agree. More importantly, though, Chase intends to donate the entire $10,000 award to very worthwhile causes, with the majority of it going to help pay the medical bills of sweet 6-year old Holmes Desmelik who is battling a brain tumor.

The remaining $3,000 will be distributed to three great causes: Doctors Without Borders, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association.

If Chase wins this competition, it will provide a major boost for the family of little Holmes, and help several worthwhile organizations. It also will bring much needed attention to Daufuskie Island, and really help put our little island on the map. (There’s already been a nice segment by WSAV Channel 3 in Savannah on this story:


This contest is very, very close! There are 4000 contenders around the country. Other leading businesses from much larger areas than tiny Daufuskie are aggressively seeking votes, and the lead has switched back and forth a number of times. To win, Chase needs a strong and sustained group effort by the entire Daufuskie community!!


Register to vote at The Iron Fish “American Made by Martha Stewart” profile page:

1) Click the vote button from Chase’s profile page and you will be directed to a sign-in page. On this page, you must click on the REGISTER button. Enter your email and provide a password.

2) Once you are registered, go back to Chase’s profile page. YOU CAN VOTE SIX TIMES FOR HIM, AND ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AGAIN EVERY DAY UNTIL OCTOBER 13TH! Remember to vote EVERY day, since consistent voting will the they key to success for Chase!

3) Pass this along to your friends and family and ask they to help with this campaign! Please post on your Facebook page if you have one.


American Made Chase Allen's Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie Island

American Made Chase Allen’s Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie Island

Coastal Artist & sculptor Chase Allen

Coastal Artist & sculptor Chase Allen

So everyone, please take a few minutes to help Chase, little Holmes Desmelik and other worthwhile causes by registering and voting six times every day until the contest ends on October 13th.

written by Deborah Smith

Explore Daufuskie Island, For The First Time

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Explore Daufuskie Island, For The First Time


Ok, you love Daufuskie right?  You have bravely explored all the dirt roads, walked the beaches, met the locals, eaten at Marshside Mama’s, visited Silver Dew Pottery & The Iron Fish Gallery, etc. and you know this place like the back of your hand right?  I don’t think so!

If you have not explored the waters edge of Daufuskie Island by kayak or standup paddle board (SUP), I would have to say that you have only scratched the surface of getting to know this amazing place.  Introducing Tour Daufuskie, LLC, Daufuskie Islands newest business who specializes in quality guided history, kayak & standup paddle boarding adventures for all ages & experience levels.

There is nothing more surreal or relaxing then paddling only inches from the aquatic life that swims the shores of Daufuskie Island.  Tour Daufuskie’s lead guide Bradley Hoover is a long time outdoorsman who has a passion for Daufuskie’s salt marshes & rivers and he is a wealth of knowledge on the naturalist side of life too.  Whether your vacationing in Haig Point, Bloody Point, Melrose, or the historic district, TD offers paddling tours on the beach or in the salt creeks & marshes.

With strong tides and the uncertain coastal weather, a guided tour is always recommended as TD is seasoned at planning a safe and enjoyable paddle trip for your group.  Not that the rivers here are considered “white water” by any means but FYI, Bradley is certified in swift water rescue, adult/child CPR, as well as AED & airway, through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).   Of course, Tour Daufuskie also offers kayak & paddle board rentals for the experienced paddler aka “risk takers”. 

So the question remains, would you like to become more intimate with one of the most beautiful and untouched natural treasures on the east coast if not the entire world?  If the answer is yes, call Bradley Hoover at 843-842-9449 to schedule your trip today.  If you think you love Daufuskie Island now, wait till you explore it from the waters edge!  It will be like meeting this amazing place for the first time all over again.  I have no doubt your paddle trip will be one of the highlights of your vacation.

Get outdoors!

Chase Allen

tour daufuskie island logo

guided group kayaking tour on Daufuskie Island

A Little Bit About Daufuskie Island

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Iron Fish Art - Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a place where life moves at a slower pace. What’s most unique about this island is that there’s no bridge connecting it to the mainland. Accessible only by ferry, Daufuskie is the ultimate spot if you’re looking for a uniquely beautiful getaway.

Daufuskie Island - Iron Fish Art

There are no cars, no obnoxious crowds to fight through, and it’s home to many local treasures. The island offers visitors a look at what other sea islands must have been before bridges and highways. 

Daufuskie is often known as being home to three of the best golf courses on earth, but if you take a closer look, you’ll see there’s much more to this island paradise than meets the eye. Many of it’s native residents have been on Daufuskie for generations, having made a living oystering and fishing the local waters for decades.

Daufuskie Island - Iron Fish Art

Once you experience the pristine beaches and beautiful marshes, the moss-draped oaks span a dirt road deep into Daufuskie’s ancient maritime forest where you will find a treasured local landmark; the Iron Fish Art Gallery. This charming gallery is home to the creations of local artist and sculptor, Chase Allen, known for his vintage sculptures inspired by the coastal beauty, right here on Daufuskie Island.


Spartina 449 Visits The Iron Fish Gallery For First Photo Shoot

Monday, May 6th, 2013



Spartina 449 Visits The Iron Fish Gallery Porch For 1st Model Photo Shoot

Did you know that Spartina 449, the nationally celebrated women’s hand bag & coastal apparel brand, had their first model shoot for their first line of handbags at my gallery on Daufuskie Island(see photo below)?  Kay Stanley, owner of Spartina 449, has been a good friend, neighbor, and customer.  To be quite honest, Kay is an inspiration to me because she has a track record of success but most importantly, she works with a smile and gets the job done.   In a short amount of time, this savy businesswomen has built Spartina 449 into a nationally recognized brand.  So in short, my welding mask is off to Kay for her vision and hard work.  I am proud to have played a tiny part in the beginning of this play.  Congrats and here’s to your future.

spartina on Iron Fish Gallery Porch

Spartina on Iron Fish Gallery Porch


Check out to see more from Kay Stanley and her popular Spartina 449 brand.


Click here to view my handcrafted coastal sculptures similar to the sculptures in the backdrop of the above photograph.


stingray sculptures - handcrafted coastal wall art

stingray sculptures – handcrafted coastal wall art


mermaid art - coastal sculptures

mermaid art – coastal sculptures



Water Taxi from Savannah to Daufuskie

Friday, April 19th, 2013
Daufuskie Island Sunset

Daufuskie Island Sunset


Water Taxi from Savannah to Daufuskie


Want to take a quick 20 minute water taxi from Savannah over to Daufuskie?   Well, call captain Gary at Bull River Marina to set up your guided water taxi today!  Rent golf carts and go explore Daufuskie Island which is known for it’s history, natural beauty, beautiful beaches, sand roads, and it’s hard to find renowned artisans.  Take a step back in time and relax.  This will be a day you will never forget.  

Visit Bull River Marina online at or call 912-897-7300


Chase Allen-coastal sculptor

Fire from the torch


bull river marina savannah to daufuskie island

bull river marina savannah to daufuskie island


Things to do on Daufuskie Island:

1.  Historic self guided Rob Kennedy Trail

2.  Visit The Iron Fish Gallery & Silver Dew Pottery

3.  Eat at Marshside Mama’s, The Daufuskie Crab Company or Eagles Nest.

4.  Pack a picnic

5.  Rent a golf cart and tour the island

6.  Get dusty on the historic dirt roads

7.  Walk a 5 mile beach and maybe see 20 people

8.  Watch the dolphins on the way over.

9.  Kayak around the rim of Daufuskie–843-842-9448 for guided tours

10.  Relax


The Iron FIsh Gallery Fish Bone Sculpture on Daufuskie Island

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
The Iron FIsh Gallery Fish Bone Sculpture on Daufuskie Island

The Iron FIsh Gallery Fish Bone Sculpture on Daufuskie Island

The Iron FIsh Gallery Fish Bone Sculpture on Daufuskie Island

The Iron Fish Gallery Daufuskie T-Shirts in action!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Iron Fish Gallery Daufuskie T-Shirts in action!

If you have a photograph of  an Iron Fish t-shirt being modeled by yourself or someone else, email it to Chase( today and he will feature the photograph of your model in it’s very own blog:-)


Photographed below is one of the Risey boys holding a fresh caught shrimp off of a Daufuskie Island dock in the summer of 2011.

the iron fish t-shirt daufuskie island

the iron fish t-shirt daufuskie island

Rob Kennedy Historic Trail Map of Daufuskie Island

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Click below link for the Rob Kennedy Historic Trail Map of Daufuskie Island:

daufuskie island photo

daufuskie island photo