Discover the Beauty and Elegance of Custom Metalwork
Nothing speaks elegance and style like a beautifully wrought sweeping metal stairway, especially when the stairway is an original, one-of-a-kind design.
There are metal artisans creating amazing works of art in the metalworks crafts, from the smallest and most delicate of finely designed jewelry to massive, stunning sculptures, or even gigantic ships.
Metalworking can be a vocation or an avocation, a trade or a hobby. But it is also a finely developed science, from the smelting of ores to the production of malleable metals. It’s interesting to consider that many machining tools have been developed from metals for the express purpose of working with metals.
Metalworking has been around for eons, predating history. There’s no clear data regarding when the discovery of the use and malleability of metal occurred, although it’s believed that Egyptians were the first culture to work with gold. What an incredible experience it must have been to discover the malleability of gold, coupled with its eternal beauty.
Getting metal to take shape into the artist’s vision has been a challenge and a pleasure for artisans all around the globe, through time, and throughout civilizations. This is no different today.
Metalworkers hone their skills in order to see their vision take shape under their hands through the various metal working processes, whether casting, machining, turning, filing, grinding, welding, riveting, soldering, brazing or plating. Through these processes, metals can be cut, formed, joined, and made to a custom metalwork expressing different forms of art.
An exciting concept is to take advantage of the remarkable skills of an artisan and employ those skills to bring your own custom designs into form. Perhaps you would like to create a unique engagement ring, or a pair of custom earrings. Maybe the concept of a charming garden bench has been in the back of your mind. Or maybe you’ve produced a work of art in two dimensions that would be breath-taking if repeated in three-dimensional metals. If you work with a skilled metalworker, you’ll be able to create your very own custom metalwork.
Inspiration might be taken from the Art Nouveau and the Art Deco eras, during which time the forming of metals reached a pinnacle of art, form and beauty. Whatever appreciation one may have for the art of metalworking, there’s always room for something new, something no one has ever seen or thought of before.
An additional pleasure of metal working, in addition to being able to shape it to the will of the artisan, is that it is an object that will be around forever and a day.