Usually before any custom art metal project can even begin, it's important establish a feel for what you are trying to achieve. It's a great start to have some pictures or images of something you would like to be involved in creating. Just a simple sketch is a great start.

Ideally, initially, I like to invite folks to my shop/studio space to begin the process. It's here that you can actually touch, hold and feel many samples of hand wrought custom copper and art metalwork. You are able to see many examples of form and function in full scale. Nothing can substitute for this personal experience. It's inspiring and exciting, and a great way to begin the process.
Here at the shop there's also access to a small library of drawings, catalogues and literature I've built over many years for reference purposes and design ideas.

If an initial visit isn't possible, it's not a problem. I've completed beautiful commissions completely through e-mail and telephone correspondence, and direct mailing of samples to architects, designers and clients. I'm also happy to travel anywhere in the world to visit the site in question, and begin design work.

After the initial design idea is arrived upon, small sketches, and actual samples in metal are worked up. This helps to gauge actual future labor and material costs that might be involved in the commission of any work. It's also here that budget considerations are discussed. Many times as the process continues from this stage, a full size section sample will be made. Final cost estimates always originate from this point, and there is Nothing like being able to see and feel a small section of your project brought to life from the forge. Nothing can compare to this, and it's an invaluable tool for ascertaining how the process will progress for the final piece.

Now the work can begin in earnest. Pieces are cut, formed and shaped, forged, fitted and finished. Many times I'll need to visit and prepare your home, or the installation site ahead of time. When everything is complete, I'll prepare and deliver the finished work to the site, or package it for shipping or pickup from my shop. It's at this time during the installation process that my many years of experience in the trades come into play. With over 26 years of on site and in shop experience, I've established many invaluable working relationships with some of the finest craftsman available. Their services are available to help, if needed, with any unique problems and considerations regarding installations and on the job finishes. Almost without exception I'm able to draw from my past experience to successfully complete the installation without requiring additional assistances, but it's a wonderful resource to be able to draw from if needed.

After the final piece is delivered or installed-I'm always available for support if any questions, concerns or later additions are desired. The most important thing to me in the end is that you as the client, or customer, are absolutely thrilled and completely happy and satisfied with the work, and the process.

Attending To Custom Installation Details

Forging Iron Grille Components with our new 33lb Hammer

Test Fragment for Iron Gate

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