“Imperfection IS perfection”

2 By Metal Sculptor R.A. Moore

I have always had the heart of an Artist within me, in some form or another. I started drawing cool scenes from Stan Lee’s famous Spiderman comics at 7 years old. Later, in my teens, I found refuge and escapism from a violent and abusive step-father in the epic fantasy paintings of Artist Frank Frazetta. I guess over the years, I’ve dabbled in several forms of Art; trying to find my outlet.

 

 

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Coming into my last year of Foster Care, I got a job in a local machine fabrication shop sweeping floors and general assistant. I had already played around with Stick Welding and found I had a knack for controlling and manipulating a molten puddle of steel. I think I was amused to finally find something that I had total control of…and it was AWESOME. I guess you could say, I created my first metal sculptures during my lunch breaks at various fabrication shops over the years using materials from the scrap bins. I would create, then someone would see it and think it was cool, and I would just give it to them.

 

 
3Then after 20 plus years of building high-tech, high-dollar, equipment, as well as installations for companies such as Tyson Foods and International Beef and Pork plants across the U.S., I stepped away realising that I was missing a lot of time with my children.

The one area of metal work I had never dabbled in was old fashioned Blacksmith processes. I built a homemade forge and started to create some pre-1900 styles of hand-hammered furniture pieces and loved the simplistic and low-tech processes.

That’s how I discovered my style. I faded away from the literal furniture pieces and dived headfirst into my zone with the first piece titled, “Apocalypse Artist”.

It is my most recognised piece and is still in my possession. My family refuse to let me sell it.

5Now, I create using rusted, wasted and discarded machine and metal parts that “rest in peace,” bringing a newfound awareness in dark beauty for the beholder.

I also create the occasional fun and whimsical pieces inspired by my love of Sci-fi, Jules Verne and Steampunk as can be seen in pieces like, “Eternal Voyage”, “Starfleet Gen.1”, “Marauder” and the lighted functional piece, “Raedison”.

I have combined my work with a long-time friend and fantastic Artist in his own right, Photographer Jason Bohannon. His skill has been able to capture the truest essence of my work, short of seeing it in person.
Most of my creations are my way of showing the downtrodden, abused and misunderstood that there IS someone else that understands and has possibly walked the same hard road. Hopefully, the uniqueness and beauty demonstrates the epiphany that, “Imperfection IS perfection.”

You can view all of my work at www.facebook.com/themetalsculptor/ or contact me for sales or commission work at metalsculptorramoore@gmail.com

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Metal Art, kind of. By Niko Pincic

12132555_913589842061338_7821839246460112448_oI started working with metal about a year ago and I had almost no experience with welding beforehand. However with every new piece I’m learning, and even though my tools are pretty basic I’m striving to get to my masterpiece.

 

 

12185521_925784327508556_8683539647742891604_oI always loved doing something in my dad’s garage, repairing tools or taking them apart, working with wood and so on. And then one day I saw a bike made out of nuts and bolts and said to myself- ‘’I can do that’’, and it continued from there.
I don’t feel that I get inspiration, I just go to garage with a plan to do something with various types and pieces of metal and then it transforms into something completely different from what I had in mind.

 

11233093_938594499560872_8234766140238659568_oI’m most proud of my three sea horses made out of chains, bicycle parts, blades and bolts and I hope to start making bigger and more detailed pieces in the future.
You can see more of Niko’s work on his Facebook page, or you can email him at npincic@yahoo.com


I had so many ideas I wanted to try. Sometimes a crazy idea comes to mind and I just couldn’t rest until I tried it! – A guest blog by Glenn Howard

My name is Glenn Howard Weidman and I have been a welder for over 21 years now. I have been a rig welder in the oil and gas fields of Colorado for the last ten years.

Picture1It was only about two years ago that I attempted any decorative iron work. I was actually inspired by my son Manny who is himself an incredibly gifted sketch artist. (He had to get it from somewhere, right?) We started out by having him draw flowers or animals in plate steel and I would cut them out with an oxy-acetylene torch. From there I was hooked. I had so many ideas I wanted to try. Sometimes a crazy idea comes to mind and I just couldn’t rest until I tried it!

I’ve always loved the freedom and endless possibilities involved in decorative iron work. When I’m welding pipe in the oil field I have very strict parameters I have to conform to, both in dimensions and X-Ray inspection. But, when I’m fabricating a decorative piece I can leave the square and tape measure in the tool box. The shape can be anything I envision. I often change my mind or vary the general concept several times before completion.

Lately, I’ve done a lot of horseshoe pieces. It seems to reflect the culture of the area I live in. Besides, the horseshoes are given to me, free of charge! It’s a fun concept with limitless possibilities.

I hope to start doing much more decorative metal work professionally in the future. I would like to find a shop and start taking on decorative iron jobs like the pieces featured here, railings, sculptures or whatever I and a customer can envision.

If you’d like to find out more about what I do, you can see my Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/glenn.weidman


STU-ART Aviation Furniture

IMAG0395My fascination with fixing, making and building things, started way back in 1995 aged 13 when me and my dad bought an old mini from the classifieds to restore. The car was mine and the aim was for me to have a car that I could use once passed my driving test. Many many nights and weekends were spent cutting out bits of rotten metal and cleaning up old parts to make them like new. My dad taught me how to use various tools and I gradually got ‘the nack’ of being comfortable using them.

3 years later, upon school leaving, I was signing on the dotted line to become a member of the RAF as an aircraft engineer. These years taught and honed my abilities to use my hands and my love of engineering was founded.

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I spend 10 years as an aircraft engineer whilst building up several cars in my spare time. Each one attempting to be different to others and push boundaries. I actually got a kick from building and fabricating my own specific parts. Just being able to express myself with metal and other materials gave me a lot of happiness.
In 2013 after 5 years in civilian aviation, I had acquired a couple of old bits in my garage. One of which was a set of old grey leather aircraft seats. I realised we needed a new computer office chair in the house so I decided to build one. A week later it was built, but didn’t really match the décor, so it was put up for sale. After 2 hours, it was sold!

I started to get asked to build pieces that people needed. Reaction to them was really good and I started to quickly outgrow the small garage I had, so I headed out looking for a new workshop.

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I found one for a reasonable cost and fitted it out with tooling and various aircraft parts I found. This soon became too small so I now reside in a 1000sqft workshop with my own sheet metal working area, a spray paint area, photography corner, lots of storage and space to work on different projects at the same time. This means I can produce more pieces, weather ordered bespoke or off the cuff builds for sale. I genuinely love to build pieces that other people haven’t thought of or haven’t attempted. Metal to me is a very nice material. You can mix cold, old steel with high polished aluminium. Adding in rivets or welding it to create contemporary shapes. I am by no means a brilliant welder, but patience and preparation are definite key requirements. The old saying of “measure twice, cut once” is very very true. I hate to waste things, so any offcuts or spare parts from things I’m building, including nuts and bolts, get kept for use at a later date.
I want to be the best in Europe at building Aircraft furniture. Due to having a large network of contacts in the aviation industry, I can get decommissioned parts as a lesser price, which means I can pass on these savings to the clients. Building Pieces of stunning furniture means more to me than making lots of money. I would love people to have a piece of my work in their house or workplace that has history and is a talking point. I love building and using metal. In the past 12 months the business has grown massively. I’ve exhibited at Fulham palace, Grand designs live, and at the national festival of thrift. Published in magazines, The Telegraph and Daily Mail along with BBC radio interviews.

IMG_2742Stuarts website is: www.stu-artaviationfurniture.co.uk. You can findhim on Twitter @stu_art14 and on his facebook page.


Guest Blog – Metal Leap Frog from Aircraft to Sculpture

tree_frogI still vividly remember my first attempt at metal sculpture. In 1978 I daydreamed of making a biplane. Not such a stretch really, after all I was a student at an aircraft school. Aero Mechanics Vocational high school, to be precise. I could see a runway from the Detroit city airport, right outside the rear door of our classroom. I completed my first creation only to have it confiscated by the school’s Assistant Principal, after all I was supposed to be doing something  completely different.

Fast forward to 1999. I was nearly 20 years into an industrial welding career and by now I was quite adept at gtaw (tig welding). I began dabbing the filler rod into the puddle. Dabbing and cooling, dabbing and cooling. Much like those 3d pens of today, except I was “drawing” with a tig torch, and stainless steel filler rod! A pair of claws started to take shape, followed by a skeleton, and then an oversized skull. The effect was that of a caricature. I named this one “Baby Rex”.

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Welding and art had been a common thread during my formative years. My father was a graphic artist, and his father was a welder. So imagination and visualization became natural to me. Another inspiration to me was my maternal grandfather. He sparked in me the love of wildlife, and an insatiable curiosity for the natural world.

The methodologies of my tig’d “drawings” have evolved over time. I progressed to making armatures, then heating and pounding sheet metal into organic shapes. I also began to experiment with found scrap metal. But always, tig is used for the details, which is my favourite part of the process.

I’m currently experimenting with mixed metals, heat patinas, and surface finishes.

 

turtleI have been very fortunate to have great teachers in my life. First and foremost is my father, Ray F. Lockhart. as a very young boy, I would watch him work at his drawing board whenever I could. Also, Nathan O’Niel, my high school welding instructor. He had 20 some teenage boys under his tutelage at any time, but he always found time to give personal instruction and encouragement. Lastly, Milton Salisbury, an expert tool and die welder in the automotive stamping field. He took me on as an apprentice, and I enjoyed several years of one to one training in the welding discipline that I continue in, to this day.

If you are interest in seeing more of my creations, you may find me on Facebook at Lockhart Metal Art by Jeff Lockhart  https://www.facebook.com/LockhartMetalArt/ or on Instagram “grumpycricket”.

Jeff Lockhart


Guest Blog – Glamming up Metal and Making Art

PicMonkey CollageThe “norm” was never for me. I always felt that my ideas are different from the rest.

I only found boredom in the normal day to day routine. So to fill the void I found ways to channel my ideas into creations.

It started with a passion for playing drums. Teaching myself by creating music that was both original and powerful. Trying to bring something different to the table. This is the same concept I have for my metal work.

I started tinkering with some of my dad’s scrap steel and his old welder about two years ago. It was whilst doing this that I taught myself how to do everything I needed to make my sculptures. I have only been creating sculptures for two years, and I work so making metal art for me is a full time hobby.

The skeleton hand was one of the first things I made. I wanted to make it look like something straight out of the horror movies that I’ve loved all my life.

My inspiration is kind of called “Glam Rot.” Putting an old rustic look on things and glamming up the not-so- pretty. On my commissioned pieces I will find a way to blend my own ideas and give it a creative twist, with a rustic, yet clean cut look.

If you’d like to find out more about what I do you can contact me at adareb123@yahoo.com or through my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/adam.morse.5

Adam Morse

 


Guest Blog – The Artisanship of Metal Working

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By David Sanders – Angry Anvil Forge

Since I was a child, I always had the urge to create like my mother a Navy Veteran and Artisan Painter or fix things like my father a Mechanic. I suppose you could say those are the building blocks for my genetic creativity.

I often found broken items and would repurpose them into something extraordinary, like my Uncle Richard. On one occasion I came across an old box trap he had handmade for catching critters that would invade his garden. It intrigued me on how he made it from Steal Metal Shelving. I ask how he made it and instead of telling me, he taught me with a hammer and chisel to make one of my own. I was able to create something amazing with simple hand tools. He was an amazing teacher, never making you feel inadequate for your current knowledge, instead he would add to it. He taught me to transformed rebar with a torch and hammer, making custom metal mounting brackets. You could say he sparked my interest in the Artisanship of Metalworking.

During High School, I took classes in Architectural and Mechanical Drafting, and Welding. My instructor Joe, would encouraged his students to try new methods of welding, from Stick, Mig, and Tig, along with Gas Cutting and Brazing.

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Upon graduation, I enlisted into the United States Navy as a Hull Maintenance Technician where I was able to gain in depth knowledge in Structural Fabrication and Shipboard Repairs, and blessed to have met my wife Sara. I was later assigned to a Ship where I was being asked to repair small items such as levers, to designing and fabricating custom parts for the Repair Crew of the Ship Helicopters. I found myself as a true Metal Artisan, working miracles with small pieces of metal when parts were in limited supply. I would tinker in the Weld Shop with junk bolts making scrap figuring’s, and told I had talent to make and sell things; triggering the creative light bulb in my head.

manUpon returned from deployment, I began purchasing equipment not found in stores today; machinery from long ago. After years of searching, collecting, and restoring to working order to included family heirlooms passed down from my Maternal Grandfather, to my Uncle Richard, to me; a 1912 Miller Falls Shop Vise and blessed to have restore my Paternal Grandfather Charles’ 1912 Indian Chief Blacksmith Post Vise, which I now own. In my quest to find right pieces, I have restore Two Buffalo Forge Company Manual Hand Shears; both from the 1912 era and an old 1914 Throat Less Shear my Wife gave me as a Father’s Day gift.

Using antique equipment provides a sense of honoring those Artisan Metal Workers from the past, and making those with us today proud to see their machinery being used as they should be vice becoming rusting pieces forgotten.

As an Artisan Metal Sculptor, I look forward to growing my knowledge and continue to create many great works of art.

If you are interest in seeing some of my creations, you may find me on Facebook at the Angry Anvil Forge by David Sanders, https://www.facebook.com/theangryanvilforge or on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngryAnvilForge.

If you have inquiry you would like to make, you may also send an email to angryanvilforge@gmail.com.