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.
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.
Then 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.
Now, 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.”
I 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.
I 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.
I’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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Upon 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following on from our blog posts about how you could use Tube Clamps or Corrugated metal to give your home or business a cool industrial feel, this week we thought we would give you some great design ideas for using perforated metal.
Perforated metal can be a great way to accentuate the light in the room, and create the feeling of a much more open space.
Whether a home or a business, perforated metal will add a great industrial style, which is very on trend right now.
Metal and wood is always a great industrial-style furniture combination. You could use it on kitchen cupboard doors or maybe even on the staircase
We love these lamp designs. Particularly the use of perforated metal as the lampshade.
However, as we have said in previous blogs, a laid-back, industrial-style décor is becoming more and more popular for businesses.
We also offer 10% discount on mild steel, excluding 6m lengths.
If you’ve created anything with perforated metal or any other types of metal from The Metal Store, feel free to send us some pictures, we’d love to showcase it on our blog!
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As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the industrial look is really on trend right now. Tube clamps and corrugated metal in particular are proving very popular both for homes and businesses.
Corrugated steel interior walls are modern, stylish and give a relaxed cool feel to any home or business.
Here’s some great examples of how it can be used at home:
And some examples of how you could use it for your business:
If you want to inject an effortless sense of cool to your home or business, you can find corrugated steel on our website in a variety of sizes here.
We also have a range of the extras you may need to go with your corrugated sheet – Zinc galvanising spray, expanding foam and corrugated roof fixings – just click here.
If you’ve used any industrial style decor in your home or business, please feel free to send us some pictures. We’d love to share your designs!
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This week, one of our customers sent us some photographs of furniture they produced using our tube clamp kits.
Created by The Goodingham Brothers, this tube clamp bed and clothes rail would look great in any modern looking home. We love the industrial, yet stylish look that’s really popular right now, with both homes and businesses.
We found a similar clothes rail design on Pintrest, showing how it would look in your home. We absolutely love the stylish. modern vibe it gives off and think it would work well as a clothes rail at home or a cloakroom rail in a business.
The Goodingham Brothers – Ben and Tim – formed their partnership and established their furniture design and making business in 1994.
Over the last 20 years, they have worked in many different projects whereby their knowledge, skills, craftsmanship and interest in design have produced bespoke furniture to a wide range of clients. Projects range from domestic to commercial, including offices, studios, shops and small architectural projects.
If you’d like to see more bespoke furniture designs, please visit www.goodinghambrothers.com.
If you’ve created something using metal from The Metal Store, please feel free to let us know and send us some pictures. We’d love to see and share your handywork!
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This week’s guest blog comes from Will Thompson, 41, Scotland.
For years, I worked as a welder fabricator all over the world, working in many different roles from farm machinery to very large ships.
Although I enjoyed my career, I always thought there was something missing, so I started creating metal sculptures in my spare time.
I’ve always admired the majestic beauty of horses since I was a young boy, and thought they would the perfect model for my metal sculptures – combining two of my favourite interests, metal work and horses.
The first sculpture I ever made was a near-life-size horse. I made it from 700 metres of 6mm round bar, TIG welded together, and it took me around six months to complete as I was still working full time.
Although I’ve always admired horses, although it may be hard to believe, I’ve been terrified of them for most of my life, but through making these sculptures, my fear has diminished and I now work with horses every day.
Sculpting has lead me to change my outlook on life, in the way we view animals the way we feel about ourselves in our own hearts.
Nowadays I mainly just make horse heads, as my time is restricted due to work commitments. It takes me a while to make each one because I make them in my own time. That way, it remains a hobby, and something that I enjoy doing. That’s also why although people have offered money for my work, I’m not particularly interested in selling them. Sculpting is in my heart and mind and in a way, my dreams are not for sale.
If you’d like to see more of Will’s work, please visit Sculptures by William Thompson on Facebook.
You can find a wide selection of round bars – used by Will to make his sculptures – on the Metal Store website. We sell Black Mild Steel Round Bar, Bright Mild Steel Round Bar, Stainless Steel Round Bar, Aluminium Round Bar and Brass Round Bar
If you’re interested in being a Metal Store UK Guest Blogger, feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to showcase your work!