Here are the cut pieces of a Manta
Ray, a Turtle Shell, and a Whale Tail
waiting to be brought to life. Notice
the pile of cardboard patterns to the
From copies of my sketch I decide
what and how many pieces I will
need to create the finished piece. I
then make patterns for the pieces I
will need to cut out.
Here you can see how the metal really begins to transform. Each piece is
hammered into shape individually and then fit together. All muscles, facial
details, and the motion of the piece are created in this step. It takes
planning and patience to end up with a nice result.
Hopefully when it gets to this point it was well thought out and it comes together as planned.
This Owl is actually comprised of 23 separately designed, cut, shaped, hammered, fit, welded
and finished pieces to create the whole. See the Gallery for progress of him.
It always starts with a sketch. I draw
the sketch in full scale just the way I
want it to look.
A Little About the Process.
:: Imaginary Metal Art - About the Art ::
All of my base mounted sculptures receive a heavy felt base pad to prevent any surfaces from
being scratched. All natural stone bases are sealed with clear lacquer to preserve their
beauty and enhance their natural colors.