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By Joe Sandor

Back in the old days, pioneers traveled with round cast iron skillets. You could make round pancakes, round eggs, and throw some rectangular strips of bacon on the side. But today, thanks to Alisa Toninato of FeLion Studios, you can cook a quiche in the shape of your home state.

madeonearth-158x158Toninato made her first skillet in the familiar shape of the great dairy state, Wisconsin, in her own DIY backyard foundry at the first annual “Pour’n Yer Heart Out” iron pour in Milwaukee. Shortly after, while on a flight to L.A., she used the inflight map in her seat to draw out handles on all the states of the union, thus giving birth to the Made In America cast iron skillet map of the U.S.

Now FeLion Studios is in full swing production, offering castings of any state in the continental U.S. You could cook at least a dozen steaks in Texas alone. Recently, she ambitiously mapped out Canada with a whole new set of land mass challenges. Though the proportional sizes of Alaska and Hawaii give her pause: “I see Hawaii as a muffin tin instead of a skillet!”

A fried egg in Wisconsin.

Sunny-side up in Wisconsin.

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Teamwork!

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Iron pours into heart-shaped molds at the annual Pour’n Yer Heart Out iron pour.

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The pour floor.

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Sparks fly at the iron pour.

This is an excerpt from MAKE Vol. 33′s “Made on Earth” section.

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Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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  1. t-bird says:

    Anybody hungry? Never should have chosen Mercator option for my Greenland skillet…

  2. Will says:

    I got my Colorado skillet mixed up with my Wyoming one. I don’t know which is which now. :(

  3. Tricia says:

    The tiny Rhode Island skillet probably isn’t very useful…

  4. hungry says:

    Hawaii, why are my eggs always scrambled?

  5. Eric says:

    Actually this event happened at the makerspace Sector 67 in Madison WI. I attended the event and it was a blast! It has become an annual event now and the second one is set to happen this Saturday feb 9. Here is the link to the event http://www.sector67.org/blog/2013/community-iron-pour-february-9th/
    Also, Martha Stewart owns one of these amazing pans! Hope to see you at the event!

    1. Eric says:

      my bad, this type of event also did happen in Milwaukee where this (featured) one was held.

  6. good luck with that says:

    They have priced themselves right out of my range.$750 for a $20 pan,hahahahahaha

  7. Trav says:

    Oklahoma’s “Pan handle” should have just been the pan handle.