A visual history of my work with some words in no specific order.
I realized that I spend a lot of time talking about the projects that led to my scrap pile on every stinking page of this site. That made me think that maybe one or perhaps two you would like to see that work.
What follows are some pictures of the things I've made over my career. Some of these pictures are things that I've made for this or my other sites like this that sold. Those are probably the better pictures.
A lot of the pictures aren't great for several reasons. First, I mostly worked for interior designers and design showrooms so I didn't see most of my work installed. A lot of my pictures are quickly taken in the shop just before shipping the product off. Bad lighting. Confusing background. Many of the pictures are also scans of snapshots. I started making things before digital cameras.
Enough of the disclaimer. What follows is a sample of the many things I have made.
Scroll all the way or you will miss something.
Coal forge with hand crank blower. I'm not kidding
I started my business when I was very young and fearless. The young are fearless. The first thing I did, even before I had any tools of my own, was print up letterhead. That's really all you need, right? Next I sent out a letter introducing myself to every interior designer with an address in the directory. I figured that was how you do it. Turns out I was right. About a week after my mailing went out I got a call from one of the premier designers in New York City. I took a couple of doodads I made while working in a fab shop in Brooklyn to the meeting. Much to my surprise, because I am a terrible sales person, he asked me to price out some drapery hardware and fax him as soon as possible. I was totally unprepared. On the way home from the meeting, I stopped at 42nd St. Photo and picked up a fax machine. Then I made up some prices and after the struggle to get the fax hooked up, I faxed over the prices. ............... A couple days later I got a deposit check in the mail. I was totally unprepared. I spent the next several days getting a business license and a business bank account. Then I deposited the deposit. After that was all taken care of I rushed upstate to my friends shop to make the hardware, because I still had no tools of my own. I felt totally out of control the entire time and I probably was, but he became my best customer and even after I moved to Santa Fe, he still used me to make hardware and much more for him. That was the beginning and here are pictures of some of the hardware I've made over the years. Some of it is ordinary and some extraordinary.
Plated bay window hardware
Plated large OD rod w/ return to wall
Large OD outdoor rod w/ jog
Forged iron bracket w/ faux finish
Special nickel plated brackets
Hidden corner on aluminum rod
Piles of iron drapery rings
Cast bronze cat finial for 1" rod
Forged iron pigtail wands -- raw
Bronze plate on steel bracket plates
Bronze plated rectangular rings
Solid brass swing rod w/ cap finial
Before that magical day when I decided to open my business, I had been making showroom furniture. What that means is, I was making the fanciest possible furniture to show off sheets, or clothing, or whatever the showroom sold. These were corporate showrooms. Buyers for department stores and that sort of thing came to the showrooms to buy product for their stores. So I did actually have quite a bit of experience making furniture. One of a kind furniture. The first furniture job I was asked to price was for 1000 table bases for pottery barn. I was again totally unprepared, and I was thinking I should stop sending letters to interior designers. I didn't end up doing those table bases because if I had tried I wouldn't be here talking to you today. I really would have killed me. So I stuck with making one of a kind furniture. What follows is a sampling of some of that furniture. I really don't have a lot of good pictures of these things. It's really hard to get a good picture of a naked bed frame in a shop. I think these shots will give you an idea though.
Forged iron canopy bed done for a
guest house in Santa Fe
Iron sleigh bed for Martex showroom
in New York City
Forged iron console table
I don't remember who it was for
2 candle iron sconce
It was hard to find those candle cups
Forged iron headboard for the owners
of Sleep number beds I was told
Forged iron coffee table.
I never saw it with the top
Against my better judgement, I have taken on some projects that were really too big for me. I got them done and cashed the check, but there was a price. Life makes no sense though and I still take on large projects. I get satisfaction from knowing that I can finish them on time, and that the end product is up to my standards. It's a challenge I like. I always feel like a need a vacation afterwards though. I can't ever remember getting one. What follows are pictures from some of those projects. A large public artwork for an artist named Eddo Stern that was installed in San Jose, California, the coat racks I did for the movie The Stepford Wives, and also the tables I did for the movie of The Producers. I will also have some pictures of some large theatrical projects I worked on and a coffee shop chain and hotel I did the furnishings for. Anyway, this is just a sample of the larger projects that led to part of my scrap pile.
Tables, stools, display cases, and
coffee dispensers for Java Joe's in
Santa Fe and Binghamton, NY
Forged iron coat hook for the movie
The Stepford Wives
Giant drum wheel in the parking lot
of Shae Stadium for Survival Research
Tin light fixtures for the Hilton of
Tin display fixtures for the Hilton
of Santa Fe
Made from Scrap
And finally we get to the things I have been making for the last few years from my scrap pile. This is where my heart is and it makes me incredibly happy when someone shows enough interest in my work to buy it. I want to be able to continue to make things and I need to get rid of them to make room for more, but I am also very happy to share these pictures with you. Thank you for looking at my pictures and making it all the way to the end.
Forged iron snake cane. This was
purchased by a woman for her son
Repousse aluminum rose and iron
Forged iron two handled pan
Forged iron plate
Battle axe. The blade is made from
spring steel. Other parts are forged
iron, wood, and turned bronze
Wedding rings made from a hockey
blade for a man who wouldn't wear
a wedding ring from anything else