Vancouver Custom Metal Work – Services

Vancouver custom metal shop owner Donald Dawson at welding table

As a small custom metal work, fabrication and blacksmithing studio in East Vancouver, we bring over 35 years of expertise to serve you. Whether you need to repair, fabricate, restore, repurpose, or modify an item, you can count on great results.

We deal with interior design, industrial, commercial, scientific research, heritage, personal and art-related projects. For examples, see our portfolio page.

If you or your business need fabrication and blacksmith training and upgrading, we can design a great workshop for you. With over 22 years teaching at UBC in Electric and Computer Engineering, we can easily support personal or industry requests. See our training offerings here.

Whether you bring us a heritage museum model sea plane for restoration, a planer that needs a new part, a chocolate gang saw  to boost efficiency, sculptures damaged in a move, a table that needs shortening, shelves for your new condo, we’ll treat each item with care.

Our Clientele

We consult and collaborate with individuals and diverse professionals in the Vancouver area on how best to design and fabricate what they have in mind.

Our clients include a museum curator, furniture makers, interior designers, architects, commercial building owners, home owners, woodworkers, contractors, restoration specialists, business owners, artists, model builders and others.

In addition, we worked with and trained employees in industry and local government, and individuals – including beginners – one-on-one.

Getting Rid of Our Throwaway Society

Conservation is important to us, and we help you repair, restore, repurpose or modify your valuable items. More often than we think, we can use items we already own in new ways.

Antique jewelry often gets redesigned and repurposed, doesn’t it? Why not do that with your family heirlooms and other sentimental items?

You can even refurbish rather than replace solid mechanical items and industrial parts.  We did that recently with a planer for a woodworker and repurposed a high school saxophone for a client whose daughter loved steam punk art. She had a special birthday coming up, and we created a functioning water fountain with it.

Even if they may look worn, if you have objects that you care about or that you know are valuable, let’s talk before you get rid of them.

Repair or Restore Antiques, Heritage & Special Objects

Before you give up on heritage pieces that you care about, let’s problem-solve together. You can save your treasures or create new ones through our custom design, fabrication, modification and repair services.

Do you have memorabilia or mechanical items you would rather restore than throw away? What if you could refurbish rather than replace them? We can assess whether you’ll need a part rebuilt, a modification to get your items back in working order. We’ll be sure to recommend something for you.

Fabrication and Blacksmithing for Your Special Designs

When you have a design that you would like to bring to life but are not quite sure how, we work with you to figure it out and get it just right. Slowing down to understand our clients’ needs is at the heart of our work because personal connection is what we cherish.

Training for Industry & Private Workshops for Individuals

Would you like to learn blacksmithing, welding, threading or some other metal work skill? Do you have a project you need some hands-on help with?  Find out more about our Vancouver custom metal work training here.  


Whether you need metal work services for your home design or the refurbishing of a machine or object that is no longer functioning, we can assess what’s happening and let you know the most straight-forward and cost-effective way of solving the issue.


  • Welding (MIG or TIG)
  • Soldering
  • Blacksmithing
  • Shearing
  • Bending
  • Forming
  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Lathe work
  • Passivating


  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Steel
  • Lead
  • Tin


  • $120.00 per hour for regular troubleshooting, repairs and modifications
  • $140.00 per hour for complex projects

Complimentary Assessments & Consultations

Each customer receives a free consultation and assessment. Whatever the project or challenge, we’ll discuss and evaluate the best solution for you. When you send us pictures or designs of projects with measurements and other pertinent information, we’ll be able to assess the best options for you.

Excellent Client Care

We may be small, but our clients and their projects are truly of first importance. A small metal shop like ours is friendly and approachable, and our considered attention and expertise make it a creative and collaborative experience.

We work with you to figure out the best way to get your design just right. Slowing down to understand our clients’ needs is at the heart of our work and personal connection is something we cherish.

We want to make working with us simple. 

So please call 604-910-6427 before coming to see us to make sure that we are on site.

Schedule a time to bring your designs, ideas and projects and we’ll will attend to you with utmost patience and a personal touch.


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