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Blanc Creatives 10" Carbon Steel Skillet$225.00

The 10" skillet by Blanc Creatives - hand-forged and constructed with carbon steel, this is the perfect addition to your kitchenware collection. The skillet features a low-rise sidewall enhancing the ease of access for flipping.

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Forging

Each pan starts its journey as a flat, circular steel disc. The disc is pressed between a larger outer ring and a smaller inner die. This process raises the side walls and gives the steel a basic and rough pan shape. 

Following the preBlanc Creatives Forgess, the blank is placed in the forge and heated to a glowing red. Blacksmiths continue to shape the sidewalls with precise and rhythmic blows on the anvil. 

When the side walls are of even height and pitch the pan returns to the press where the base is flattened under fifteen tons of pressure. Fine adjustments are made with a lever and hammer blows.

Assembly

Once the pan base has cooled it is passed along to clean-up and assembly. The sharp edges of each pan are taken down with grinders and smoothed to an even radius. 

Handles are shaped on the anvil and hammered to match the curvature of the pan's sidewall. 

Holes are drilled and the handles are riveted in place. 

Clean Up & Seasoning

After the pan is fully assembled it is placed in the sand blasting cabinet. Aluminum-oxide combined with high-pressure air blasts the surface of the metal removing mill scale and surface imperfections.

A wire-brush then polishes the surface, restoring the surface to an even and smooth finish.

At this stage the steel is very reactive to moisture and oxygen. Left in this state the steel will begin to rust. To create a protective barrier the pans are placed in a kiln and baked at high temps for forty minutes.

Under this high temperature the steel reacts and builds a layer of iron-oxide on its surface. This reaction produces the familiar blue-ish black tones of the final product. While the pans are still hot, coconut oil is applied and allowed to pull into the pores of the metal as it cools. 

Medium: 8" diameter base | 10" diameter lip to lip | shallow sidewall ~ 1 1/4 vertical height | 21" length from lip to end of handle

Though the Virginia-based blacksmith collective may not yet be a household name, Blanc Creativeshas developed something of a cult following in the world of handmade heirloom kitchen products. Praised heavily by customers ranging from discerning home cooks to a variety of restaurants in the region and around the country, their high-quality carbon steel and copper cookware are worthy of your own pursuits of culinary art.

Many people have career fantasies in which they leave behind jobs for decidedly harder work, but a type of work they actually love. Not everyone makes such a leap of professional faith, and fewer still make a sustained living (much less a killing). But those who chase such creative callings usually have similar reasons why they chose their paths. They do it because they have to do it; nothing else will do. And there are few things more inspiring than when a group like Blanc Creatives finds success using its combined creative talents.

Blanc Creatives was started in 2009 by Georgia native Corry Blanc, who was raised in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia, near Lake Lanier. With roots extending to New Orleans, Corry’s upbringing was greatly influenced of Southern food.

Read full story by Michael Jordan here

Pans are Pre-Seasoned

Cookware is delivered with a preliminary seasoning. We encourage using a bit more oil for the first few uses. Allow your cookware to develop a strong seasoning over time and the results will yield a high performing, non-stick surface.   

Each pan is heat-treated in our kiln and seasoned using coconut oil, an oil that handles heat well and does not leave a sticky residue. 

Over time your pan's coloring may change. This is normal. Eventually your pan should darken towards a blueish/black patina. This signifies that your pan is well seasoned. 

After Use:

While your pan is still warm, rinse away food debris with water. 

Avoid the use of soap as this will breakdown the protective oil coating and damage your hard-earned seasoning. 

After rinsing, dry immediately with a cloth. This will prevent rust from forming on your pan. 

In the Case of Stubborn Food

If rinsing does not remove all of the food debris, reach for the salt. Salt will not break down the oils in the pan, but will act as an abrasive to remove stubborn food. Use a disposable cloth to break up any food. 

Follow this step with a thorough rinsing. Dry immediately. Lightly coat your pan with oil if you are storing long term. 

Long-term Care

Overtime you may notice that your pan's cooking surface appears dull. If this is the case, heat your pan to a warm temperature and coat the pan in a high-temp oil of your choosing. 

A second option is to simply cook a meal that is rich in fat or oil. 

Forging

Each pan starts its journey as a flat, circular steel disc. The disc is pressed between a larger outer ring and a smaller inner die. This process raises the side walls and gives the steel a basic and rough pan shape. 

Following the preBlanc Creatives Forgess, the blank is placed in the forge and heated to a glowing red. Blacksmiths continue to shape the sidewalls with precise and rhythmic blows on the anvil. 

When the side walls are of even height and pitch the pan returns to the press where the base is flattened under fifteen tons of pressure. Fine adjustments are made with a lever and hammer blows.

Assembly

Once the pan base has cooled it is passed along to clean-up and assembly. The sharp edges of each pan are taken down with grinders and smoothed to an even radius. 

Handles are shaped on the anvil and hammered to match the curvature of the pan's sidewall. 

Holes are drilled and the handles are riveted in place. 

Clean Up & Seasoning

After the pan is fully assembled it is placed in the sand blasting cabinet. Aluminum-oxide combined with high-pressure air blasts the surface of the metal removing mill scale and surface imperfections.

A wire-brush then polishes the surface, restoring the surface to an even and smooth finish.

At this stage the steel is very reactive to moisture and oxygen. Left in this state the steel will begin to rust. To create a protective barrier the pans are placed in a kiln and baked at high temps for forty minutes.

Under this high temperature the steel reacts and builds a layer of iron-oxide on its surface. This reaction produces the familiar blue-ish black tones of the final product. While the pans are still hot, coconut oil is applied and allowed to pull into the pores of the metal as it cools. 

Medium: 8" diameter base | 10" diameter lip to lip | shallow sidewall ~ 1 1/4 vertical height | 21" length from lip to end of handle

Though the Virginia-based blacksmith collective may not yet be a household name, Blanc Creativeshas developed something of a cult following in the world of handmade heirloom kitchen products. Praised heavily by customers ranging from discerning home cooks to a variety of restaurants in the region and around the country, their high-quality carbon steel and copper cookware are worthy of your own pursuits of culinary art.

Many people have career fantasies in which they leave behind jobs for decidedly harder work, but a type of work they actually love. Not everyone makes such a leap of professional faith, and fewer still make a sustained living (much less a killing). But those who chase such creative callings usually have similar reasons why they chose their paths. They do it because they have to do it; nothing else will do. And there are few things more inspiring than when a group like Blanc Creatives finds success using its combined creative talents.

Blanc Creatives was started in 2009 by Georgia native Corry Blanc, who was raised in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia, near Lake Lanier. With roots extending to New Orleans, Corry’s upbringing was greatly influenced of Southern food.

Read full story by Michael Jordan here

Pans are Pre-Seasoned

Cookware is delivered with a preliminary seasoning. We encourage using a bit more oil for the first few uses. Allow your cookware to develop a strong seasoning over time and the results will yield a high performing, non-stick surface.   

Each pan is heat-treated in our kiln and seasoned using coconut oil, an oil that handles heat well and does not leave a sticky residue. 

Over time your pan's coloring may change. This is normal. Eventually your pan should darken towards a blueish/black patina. This signifies that your pan is well seasoned. 

After Use:

While your pan is still warm, rinse away food debris with water. 

Avoid the use of soap as this will breakdown the protective oil coating and damage your hard-earned seasoning. 

After rinsing, dry immediately with a cloth. This will prevent rust from forming on your pan. 

In the Case of Stubborn Food

If rinsing does not remove all of the food debris, reach for the salt. Salt will not break down the oils in the pan, but will act as an abrasive to remove stubborn food. Use a disposable cloth to break up any food. 

Follow this step with a thorough rinsing. Dry immediately. Lightly coat your pan with oil if you are storing long term. 

Long-term Care

Overtime you may notice that your pan's cooking surface appears dull. If this is the case, heat your pan to a warm temperature and coat the pan in a high-temp oil of your choosing. 

A second option is to simply cook a meal that is rich in fat or oil.