Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Moose For Moose

I didn't have any bar stock on hand of the diameter I needed. So I inserted a 1/4' bar inside of a tube, welded the two together and ground the ends off to make them look like they were made from bar stock. Wrapping 1/8" fill rod material around the outer tube, I cut them into pcs. to make the eye lids. Finally tack welding these into position.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Someone, who shall remain nameless, was on facebook and clicked on the Scan for virus button that popped up and my computer has been down till today. It replaces the search engine with its malware. After a professional spent 3 hours running different programs, he finally cleaned up my computer. Don't click on anything is the lesson here!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Moose For Moose

A moose hood ornament

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas project

I'm only taking close-up pictures of this project untill after Thanksgiving. Then the project will be revealed. Any guesses?

Pizza Amore

The complete project is approximately 40" wide, 48" tall and weighs 50 pounds.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pizza Amore

60 grit flap wheel. I took this picture outside hoping there would be a little more light from the sun. There was a big black cloud at the time though, looks like a big heart on a beach.
4.5" 40 grit flap wheel on a right angle grinder.

The welds caused a little warping, but not as much as I feared. I was able to pound the material back to shape from underneath.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pizza Amore Logo

Now to weld off and grind and grind and then grind some more.
The top right corner off the heart will be covered by the chefs hat so there's no need to complete the shaping in this area.

As you can see, I still have to weld off all the joints. My hope is to minimize heat warpage by tacking all the pieces together thus giving the metal less area to expand

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pizza Amore

Even though I shape each part on an anvil as close as possible, in this tight curve I need a little help using Vise grip pliers, tack welding between.

After all the pieces are in place, I will finish welding each butt joint.

After each piece is tacked, I grind the tack down and use body working tools to smooth the joint between pieces.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pizza Amore Logo

Now I start working the pieces to a more convex shape a little at a time. Each piece is 3 to 4 inches wide.

Connecting to the outside ring, the first piece on the lower left of this picture is concave.

I used 1/4" round stainless bar stock to give me the desired height from the table. The bottom and top halves are slightly convex.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pizza Amore Logo

New Project: 3 dimensional representation of Of "Pizza Amore" Logo.
Currently measures 30" wide and 34" tall.

Mayfly Lodge Logo

I will post the customers installed pictures ASAP.
The finished Mayfly measures 60" long and 34" tall

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mayfly Lodge Logo

These pieces were shaped on an anvil. Welded from behind because the material doesn't wrap all the way around. Since the back will be up against rock above a fireplace, a shaped piece will be added behind after welding.

Mayfly Lodge Logo

Steve and Deb Bentz, Owners of Mayfly Lodge, located in Vernon County in southwest Wisconsin, asked me to build a replica of their lodge logo, a Mayfly.

Although a challenge, I accecpted. It just has to be BIG. Maximum length, 63".

I will combine mild steel, 18 guage sheet and stainless steel.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Just for fun

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Awesome Cub Cadet

A sample of the cars at this years show. My first time at the show with my booth,(white tent upper right).
And Barny Fife showed up too.

My buddy Tim made this awesome pulling tractor for his son Lane.

I shaped the hood, fuel tank and some other items not seen.

They received First Place in his division at our Radcliffe 2009 Car Show.

Good Job guys!


While I work on a Custom Handrail, I am also working on some smaller projects.
This mirror is 48" long and 12" wide.
1.5" x 1.5" steel frame with 1/2" round accents.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

North American Bull Moose Video

Check out my slideshow video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXdNWFXwM5A&feature=channel_page

North American Bull Moose

Mounted about 25 feet up, to the outside of this beautiful entertainment lodge, "The Barn" in West Des Moines, Iowa. Thanks Denny

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

North American Bull Moose

The Moose Crew
Thanks guys for helping me get The Moose onto the trailer. Couldn't have done it without each of you

North American Bull Moose

Myself and Dwayne Fosseen, holding antlers, CEO of http://www.mirenco.com/ ,
thanks Dwayne for letting me borrow your real moose antlers for this project