Category Archives: In the Metal Shop Office

Temple Beth El Sees A Brighter Future

Sconce Close Up

Temple Beth El, at 800 N. Palafox Street was founded in 1876, making it the first Reform Jewish congregation in the state of Florida

Their recent renovation projects included updating some of the light fixtures within the temple itself.  This pair of bronze beauties were crafted by our amazing crew from plasma-cut plates, then hand finished and feature custom cutouts and lightly frosted glass.  The glow emanating from these sconces is a perfect addition to the temple sanctuary.

Bronze Sconces


Spring Restoration on Moreno Street

photo 2 (2)The front entrance to the law offices of JJ Talbott have gotten a bit of a face-lift recently.  The antique steel decorative fencing and gates that border the front of the office at 900 E. Moreno street was in need of a little TLC.   Our fantastic crew did a thorough pressure wash, then applied an overall rust treatment while taking care of some structural repairs to the pickets and posts. That was all topped off with a fresh coat of black enamel paint.  But the crowning glory is the walk gate and the restoration of hand-painted gold medallions and accents.

If your home or office has vintage metalwork in need of repair and restoration,  please don’t hesitate to call us.




LuLu’s Fountain for Youth

After our success last summer in crafting the stunning zinc bar top at Lucy B. Goode eatery in Gulf Shores, AL, we were delighted to be contacted again by Lucy Buffett’s staff to contribute to her latest location, LuLu’s Destin.  A custom designed fountain, cut and assembled by our amazing crew is both fun and eye catching.

Lulu’s Destin is a brand new landing spot for the young and young at heart looking for food, drinks and fun.


Taking it’s place of pride on the gorgeous white sand out back, our powder coated aluminum structure is accented with plasma-cut sea creatures and features hand-painted buckets by artist Kat Dameworth.  This addition to LuLu’s play area will provide fun for generations of kids.

Next time you’re in Destin, stop by have have a look at our newest work of art!


A Spring Addition for your Porch, Patio or Deck.

Friends and long-time customers, Renee and Gary, came by recently with their tired and worn out porch swing. Could we construct them a new swing that looked like the old one and would be both attractive and durable?

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Sad, isn’t it?

We immediately got to work constructing this beauty.

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And even better, we made a second smaller swing to match.


Hand formed and brush-finished aluminum flat bars provide the perfect framework for the Cumaru slats. The soft & silky Cumaru hardwood was left unstained and unsealed for it to acquire a natural patina over time. It has sturdy hanging rings to accomodate either chains or ropes.

Renee and Gary were thrilled with their new swings, and we’re pretty impressed with them too.

Call us or come in and let our incredible crew put together a new swing for your home!


You Don’t Have To Go To Jail To Make Your Own Custom License Plate….

License PlateOur friend Jeff Smith recently asked us to create a license plate for the front of his car that would reflect both his personal and business philosophy.  This stainless steel beauty is 1/16″ thick with plasma-cut lettering and a hand-set, painted steel anvil.  A contrast color backing plate make the letters easy to read even from a distance.  Our skilled crew adds the brush finish to the plate and applies any accent paint.

Give us a call and let us help you design a plate that is as unique as you are.


Belly Up To Lucy B’s custom Zinc Bar

 Lucy B Bar

Next time you’re in Gulf Shores, stop by the newly opened Lucy B. Goode restaurant, located next to LuLu’s at Homeport.

Owner Lucy Buffett commissioned our skilled and experienced metalworkers to fabricate this massive zinc-topped bar for her newest casual dining establishment.  As you can see, the results are pretty spectacular.

In addition to presenting a sleek and modern look,  the Zinc material we used has natural anti-microbial properties that make it the perfect low-maintenance top for a bar, kitchen island or counter top.

Let us know what you think!


A Tree Grows in East Hill

So, you have a particular spot on your lawn where nothing seems to grow. How do you address that in a creative and artistic way?

You call Renaissance Man.

Homeowners on 10th Avenue did exactly that, and the resulting steel tree blends beautifully with their existing landscaping.  Most people can’t tell that it’s not real until the see it up close.

It stands approximately 12 ft tall and was crafted by our amazing crew of steel pipe. It has a hand-painted finish and an interior irrigation system to water hanging plants.

A few sentimental items were included such as the owners’ initials “carved” into the bark, custom wind chimes and a copper wire bird’s nest perched on a branch.

FUEGO Statue on Cover of Gulf Breeze Magazine

FUEGO Sculpture Featured in Gulf Breeze Magazine

FUEGO Statue on Cover of Gulf Breeze MagazineOkay so it took three months to get this posted, but we really have been thrilled to have the towering aluminum FUEGO sculpture featured in Gulf Breeze Magazine.

Check out the article written by Amanda Kelly, with some great photos by Bekah Griffith. Thanks again, Gulf Breeze.

Below are the tree pages of the article. Click on any image to scroll through, and you can press “stop slideshow” to extend (more like allow) reading time.

(Alternatively, click here to read the PDF from the Ballinger Publishing site)



Decorative Metal for Custom Address Sign

One Piece Custom Metal Address Set
One Piece Custom Metal Address Set

The plasma cutter may have won the first round or two, but as always, Kevin tamed the savage beast in the end and created yet another masterpiece in this set of address numbers which is at the same time elaborate and minimal.