Vancouver Custom Metal Work Services

Vancouver custom metal shop owner Donald Dawson at welding table

From my small custom metal work shop in East Vancouver, I restore, repair and modify treasured items.

For 22 years at UBC, I worked as an Electric and Computer Engineering Technician fabricating and teaching at all levels. Moreover, I have over 35 years of experience with metallurgy, welding, and fabricating.

My clients have included a museum curator, furniture movers, lamp specialists, furniture makers, interior designers, architects, commercial building owners, homeowners, woodworkers, business owners, artists, model builders and collectors.

I have restored a wide range of items, from heritage pieces to machines. Included among them: a museum’s model seaplane, an Italian heirloom meat slicer, a 1930s doll, statues and lamps.

I have built a chocolate gang saw, a computer desk with an electronic lift, metal brackets for shelves, shortened tables, lengthened beds and even repurposed a saxophone into a fountain. (For a full range of items, see my restoration and fabrication pages.)

If people want lessons, I teach fabrication, blacksmithing and welding. With over 22 years of teaching at UBC in Electric and Computer Engineering, I can address your personal or business needs. I train employees and private clients one-on-one in my studio. (See training offerings here.)


  • Restoration
  • Repairing
  • Bending
  • Blacksmithing
  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Forming
  • Lathe work
  • Passivating
  • Shearing
  • Soldering
  • Welding (MIG or TIG)
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Steel
  • Tin
  • $120.00 per hour

Excellent Client Care

Clients and their projects are of first importance. At the heart of it is slowing down, understanding client needs and making personal connections. You will always receive considered attention, and my expertise will make it a creative and collaborative experience.

Together we’ll figure out the best way to get your design or restoration just right.

Please call 604-910-6427 to make sure that I am on site.

Schedule a time to bring your designs, ideas and projects, and I will attend to you with utmost patience.

You can always count on a considered, straightforward and cost-effective solution.

Complimentary AssessmentsĀ & Consultations

Each customer receives a free consultation and assessment. If there is an alternative or simpler way to solve an issue, I will let you know.

The first step is to send me a picture of the object or design. Then, when you bring the item to the studio, I will be able to assess the state of the damage.

Donald Dawson is a Vancouver expert engineering technician, blacksmith, welder and machinist with over 35 years of experience in machining, fabricating, restoring, designing, educating and research. He provides customized services and workshops and is insured and licensed.