“Return to Topsail”

I have a real fascination with the sea turtles which nest on the beaches in our area. There is something about the fact they always nest in the same beach where they were born. Somehow they find their way back after a lifetime of ocean going adventure to dig a nest and lay the eggs for another generation.

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Being an artist, I love the structure of their shell and the way it looks like plates of armor, connected by sinew. So I wanted to create a design which worked with that concept but allowed those spaces to be open.

In my first effort I had made a set of large turtles.

This time I set out to make them in a smaller format.

So it was back to the computer to design a smaller shell and still keep the original concept going.

I think the design transferred to the smaller size. These were mounted on the same stand as if they were swimming together in some wild sea.

I have titled them, “Return to Topsail”  after one of the islands where they nest.  They will be in an art council show which opens tomorrow and runs through the month.

I plan to create more in this series, so keep watching.

I hope you enjoy them, I would love to hear your comments.

You can email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com or just use the form below.

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New Nativity Pieces

 

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This is a photo of the manger I designed for this Christmas. It is about 8 inches wide and is made of stainless steel

But all I made were immediately snatched up as soon as they arrived and there was no time to make any more.

If you were one of those who asked me about having one, or you are interested in starting the collection, send me your email address and I will contact you next season and make sure you have one reserved.

I will also be making additional pieces next year, and adding to it every year afterwards.

It should be a fun process of seeing what we add each Christmas.

So if you missed it this year and are interested in celebrating the nativity with me, drop me a line via Facebook or at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Oh, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Steve

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Living Cobblestone

In Woodstock NY they have a great piece of “Art All Around Us”.

A piece of the brickwork has a lizard in it!

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Again, no real reason to do it that way…just to make it look cooler!

And as always for that I thank them.

If you find something that catches you eye, send me a picture. I would love to see it.

Email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com, or use the form below.

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The Vintage Bench Saga continues…

You might remember I featured a piece of vintage yard furniture awhile back.

It has been on the farm of my Grandmother in law for about 60 years, and was in rough shape.

But it was really something special.

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I set about working on repairing it and getting it ready for another 60 years…in my yard. (no farm here unfortunately)

I looked it over and located the problem spots, rust through damage, and lost parts. Then I started the work of bring it back to life.

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The back’s connection to the seat was in rough shape because it was a place for water to collect and cause rust. I took a wire wheel and was able to make short work of the problem. 10,000 RPMs is a powerful thing! I then welded then gaps closed and wire wheeled it again.

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The handle on the left side arm rest had been worn through in a couple of spots. I can only guess how many butter beans you would have to shuck to get to the point where the metal is worn through… but that bench certainly had seen a lot of shucking, of all kinds of vegetables, in its day.

The thought that it had seen enough use to wear through the metal just makes me want to repair it even more.

I welded all the joints and attachments to make it stronger and then added metal feet to the bottom of the legs. I will attach pieces of treated wood to these feet so that the metal does not touch the ground and start the rusting process all over again.

I took it to my powder coater to get it sandblasted to remove all the old paint and rust. Then they baked on a finish in the color my wife selected.

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I think it will hold a special place in the back yard for a long time to come.

Overall, I think the piece turned out great.

 

Now I will have to put some thought into redoing the matching chair…trust me, it will take a lot more work than this one…

But then… that is the fun of it!!

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Drainage Art

As you know I am always on the look out for the “Art All Around Us”.

Well I found another.

And I totally love this one!!!

I found this drain cover in Pittsfield Mass. It features a carving of a fish in the center, and then they continued with the cobblestone surround… just to make it nice. It appeared to be old, but I just don’t know.

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Thanks to the guys and ladies of Pittsfield for their downtown revitalization and having such a beautiful piece of “Art All Around Us”

 

As always, I would like to see what you find around your world.

Email it to me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or use the comment form below.

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Eating With Art

Claire and I are always interested in having art all around us. Even in the everyday things we use.

We were gifted a beautiful bowl by my brother and sister in law and I thought I would include it in my “Art All around Us” collection.

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This one was make by Doug Navarra from New York State. It is highlighted with a carved rim. I would think you would agree, it is a piece of art.

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And for that I am thankful to Navarra… and my brother and sister in law.

If you see art for the sake of art, send it to me,  I would love to see it.

You can comment with the form below of by emailing me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Anvil Art

I found this homemade anvil on the internet the other day.anvil

I was amazed that the whole thing had been made from a piece of rail road track. Now I have seen a lot of anvils made from rail road track in my travels, but this one is a work of art!

And the stand looks great too.

To all you blacksmiths out there… the gauntlet has been thrown down by this guy…whoever he is.