Fabrication & Blacksmithing
We don’t do horseshoes here, but blacksmithing and fabrication take place at our Vancouver studio. Cutting, heating, forming, shaping and bending metal are all part of the craft.
The blacksmith reminds us of a simpler era. It’s one of those traditional trades that is uncommon and unusual in our industrial society, bringing a sense of nostalgia and yearning, and reminding us of our heritage and of a slower time.
But don’t think this is only an ancient art. People with discriminating taste and who want their heirlooms restored find their way here too. In a city as large as Vancouver, walking into a small fabrication and blacksmithing shop is a treat, and for some a dream come true. It’s intimate, personal, and gets the imagination going.
We know this to be true, because our clients bring us projects of all kinds. Some of them even want to learn from us – and we love showing them how. (Find out about industry and personal training here.)
Integrating Art + Function
One Vancouver client with excellent woodworking skills asked us to fabricate the metal parts for stairs, hooks and kitchen shelving for his family’s loft condo suite. These ornamental coat hooks were forged for a steel and wood stairwell. Our client wanted to make use of the space under the stairwell in his home to hang coats. We bolted heavy bar stock to the mounting plates, then formed them into T-shapes and angles. For flair, we made tiny forged leaf designs on the ends.
Another woodworker from the local coop brought us his design for a table base and legs. We fabricated and machined steel tubes and an angled steel base plate, and finished it with a sanded, polished look to create this angled dining table for a local business.
Though not everyone has air conditioning in Vancouver, there are other ways to let breeze cool our spaces. We used our blacksmithing skills to build this ornamental, lightweight and removable security screen. These clients needed both security and beauty in a light screen that they could put up in the morning and remove at the end of each hot summer day. This screen allowed air to flow from the back of the house through the front, keeping their home cool and most importantly, safe.
Helping Artists Show Their Work
Artists come to us to design and create specialized stands, mountings and armatures. Our client’s glass art was on exhibit at the Vancouver International Airport and we’ve created other stands for local Vancouver artists Anyuta Gusakova, Georgina Lohan and Tanis Saxby.
With left and right matching scrollwork, these three-legged stands are ready for potted plants or works of art. Finished with a clear polyurethane coating and designed for a ceramic drip plate, by adding a wood, glass or ceramic surface, they can be used for statues — or even keys!
This 30″ piece on the left was first conceived as a glass-topped table. However, after many comments from visitors to the Eastside Culture Crawl who loved it as it was, we decided to listen and made it into a decorative wall hanging. We can make this in any size to suit your space.
For more, check out our portfolio.