About Us


Shamandafer (Nashville phonetic spelling)
French for Railway
Literal meaning: Path of Iron

An adventure in Paris led to a chance encounter with master blacksmith Pierre Picard  and set me on my own "path of iron". Falling head over heels for his extraordinary hand forged iron creations, I began zig- zagging back and forth across the Atlantic establishing Ironware in 1988 to bring the work of the Atelier Picard to America.

That first wonderful collection has been archived for many years while we focused on expanding Ironware's trade exclusive offerings of lighting and furniture.

Chemin de Fer is inspired by my desire to once again supply the public with access to this signature collection of candlesticks and candelabra. Along the way, we couldn't resist adding a few lamps and accessories as well as a selection of one of a kind pieces from our vaults. Chemin de Fer's  online offerings will be a constantly changing source of pieces from the same forge that creates each piece of Ironware. 

The idyllic setting of our forge, founded in 1966, is just a few miles inland of the sandy dunes and colorful cabanas of the French coastline. Here, this third generation family of blacksmiths apply century-old methods to our original designs, offering the perfect balance of quality and style.

In Nashville, our finishing studio artisans hand mix and apply the finishes that complete the transformation. This partnership has been in place for nearly 30 years and it is evident in the precise execution entirely by hand, one at a time, of every single piece.

I am so excited to share it with you. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!


Karin C. Eaton
President, Ironware International