Thursday, August 28, 2008

Picture Frame With Wild Flowers

Here is one for the Lady's with wild flowers and a butterfly.

Picture Frame With Leafs

Here is another frame for a 8 x 10 picture, This is a photo of our oldest son Gary.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Picture Frame With Fish

This is one of my favorite frames that I have made so I decided to keep it and put a picture of our youngest son Brian in it. Every part of our frames are hand made except the glass, They are made from 1/4" steel plate and hand forged to give them the hammered look. I have made them with several different themes hand forged and attached to them. I made this one because Fishing is one of my favorite hobbies, I planned on putting a picture of my trophy fish in it except I am still trying to catch it. Each frame comes with a hand forged stand to display the frame.

I will be posting pictures of some other frames so keep checking back for more updates.

Thanks, Darryl

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Address Sign

This lamp post address sign is made from 16 gauge steel, it has the numbers cut out on both sides with a removable center divider that can be powder coated to match the color of your house.
We also do many different styles of address signs even custom made to what ever the costumer wants.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Please Come Again

Please keep checking back, you never know what you will find here.
Don't forget all comments are welcome.
Thanks, Darryl

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tiger Lily

The petals and leaves for the tiger lily are cut from 18 gauge steel, they are then heated and hand formed into shape and then welded to a hand forged stem.

Pine Cone

The pine cone is made from 1/8" steel cut into a shape that resembles a hair comb. One end is welded to a hand forged stem, it is then heated to a cherry red and wrapped around the stem in a spiral pattern.then each spine is heated and hand formed into shape one at a time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Steel Basket

My son and I weaved this basket for my wife for a Christmas present.
It is made from 1/8" flat stock, each piece was heated cherry red and hand formed one at a time, it was a very challenging project, after three days and a whole lot of burns this is what we came up with.
Not to bad for our first basket!
Please feel free to coment on any or all of my posts, this helps me to deside on which ones to make more of.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Each rosebud is cut from 18 gauge flat steel, then welded to a hand forged stem. Each petal is then heated to a cherry red and hand formed with pliers and tongs to make a delicate rosebud

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lunch time at the shop

I got the inspiration for this piece while I was on a lunch break at the shop. Yes you guessed it I was eating grapes that my wife packed for me in my lunch. I was coming to the end of the grapes on the stem when I set them on the table to get a drink of coffee, AND THERE IT WAS!! I could not eat anymore of them until I made a sketch of it sitting on the table.
"You never know where and when you will get inspiration."

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cross Sculpture

This sculpture was made by welding two identical pieces of 16 gauge steel together at the seams, I then welded in a 1/4" pipe in the bottom and hooked it to a air hose. I then heated the cross to a cherry red and blew it up with the air like a balloon.Then I added the rosebud and a stand.


My roses are made from 18 gauge steel cut out of flat sheets with a plasma cutter, all the pieces are stacked and welded to a hand forged stem. Each petal is heated to a cherry red and hand formed one at a time with pliers and tongs.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Create your own banner at!
Just checking out some banners, trying to decide what to use on my web site when I get it up and running.


Create your own banner at!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How I make the Dogwood Flower

I cut the rough shape of the dogwood flower out of 18 gauge steel with a plasma cutter, I then heat the piece of metal to a cherry red in my forge, I then use a chisel with the cutting edge rounded off to give each petal of the flower some texture. I then heat the metal again and forge each petal into shape with a hammer and a block of oak wood. I make sure my doors are open and all the fans are on because the smoke gets pretty bad, from the wood burning from the hot metal.Once the flower is close to the right shape, I'll heat it up again and give it all the finishing touches with a pair of pliers and tongs. Once the flower is made,I forge out a stem made from whatever roundstock I have laying around. I then weld the flowers to the stem add some leaves and any other detail I need.Once it is done to where I like it ,I wire brush it and clear coat it to keep it from rusting.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Taking It To The Next Level

I have decided that it is time for me to take my love for working with metal to the next level.
Up until this point in my life I have considered myself a Blacksmith / Fabricator, now I am going to focus more on the artistic side of what I do and add the title Artist to my list of skills.
As I get more familiar with this whole Internet thing I will be posting a lot of photos and descriptions of my work, feel free to comment on any or all posts, good or bad.
Keep checking back you never know what or when you might find something new here.