1. PRS/ Hopkins Charity Guitar - finished piece

    PRS Guitar, mild steel, stainless steel

    This is the completed guitar I was invited to embellish for the Auction to benefit Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please check out this link for details on this great charity.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Night-One-Show-One-Cause/272338285116

    This series of photos show a little bit of the base fabrication and the finished piece. I had an old PRS body from previous projects, so I made an armature to hold it at the height I wanted , then proceeded with the base construction. The guitar pics are 1/8” stainless, I made a jig to cut them out with my plasma cutter. The base is gun blued and lacquered. After these photos the guitar was returned to PRS to have all the hardware reinstalled so that it is fully functioning.

     
  2. PRS / Hopkins charity guitar

    I was invited to embellish a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom guitar for an auction to benefit Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. All proceeds of the event go directly into a program assisting patients and their families dealing with cancer. Here’s a link to their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Night-One-Show-One-Cause/272338285116

    These pictures show a bit of my process. I started with a tracing of the guitar and worked my drawing out on that. Then I made paper patterns and transferred them to 1/8” steel for the fins, 3/4” for the body. I did some build up welds on the fins prior to cutting them out. I switched to a gouging tip on my plasma cutter to rough out the fish body. From that point on it’s just a lot of grinding, some rebuild welds, then finished with gun blue and penetrol.

    Finished project in next post.

     
  3. Display shelving
    Steel, Sapele, antique items
    8’ tall x 7.5’ wide x 20” deep

    This is a piece I recently finished that my wife, asaar70.tumblr.com designed for a client. The decorative screen in the center and the dark carved bars on the top and bottom are from the clients private collection.

     
  4. Office partition wall

    Various sizes square and rectangular steel tubing, laser cut “gears”, reclaimed lumber

    Final project in a suite of furniture I was commissioned to build for a new office space. The gears are artwork from the companies logo that I had laser cut in 11 gauge steel and gave them a distressed paint treatment.

     
  5. Happy shark week!

     
  6. Parts

     
  7. This is a pair of light fixtures that I made for the area underneath the Kustom Steel wood shop / office. I helped a buddy dismantle a grain bin he bought on craigslist, and there was a chute inside it comprised of two 3’ long x 8” diameter punched, galvanized tubes. The idea for them as lamp shades instantly popped into my mind and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I apologize for my poor photography, they really kick ass at night!

     
  8. Zissimos Bar signage

    Aluminum 148”x26”

    Lamps supplied by customer. Birchwood Casey aluminum patina and wax finish

     
  9. Some aluminum parts I fabricated for the current job in the shop.

     
  10. Sections of fence I just completed in our backyard.

    Ipe, square tube, angle iron and goat fence

    Designed by asaar70.tumblr.com

    As cute as the neighbors little baby is, she’s gotta stay in her yard.

     
  11. Storage cabinet
    Steel and reclaimed lumber
    Adjustable interior shelving and openings in the back and side for access to electrical outlets
    6’6” tall x 52” wide x 32” deep

     
  12. Lost a good friend and talented photographer on Saturday. Sam Holden was a standout in the Baltimore art scene, and did everything 110%.

    This is a shot of me in my shop back in 2005. Sam was doing things with lighting and darkroom processes way before apps on phones.

    Check out his website, http://samholdenphotography.com/home.html

    A visionary artist gone way too soon.

     
  13. Untitled 2014

    Fabricated / carved steel
    Chain
    13” tall

     
  14. Sprocket Skull

    Fabricated / carved steel, found objects

     
  15. My first set of fire place tools, made them about 21 years ago…