Metalwork

Donald's Innovations and Repairs

About the artist
As a blacksmith fabricator, I solve mechanical, industrial and artistic problems and care about getting rid of our throwaway society – pun intended. With this in mind, older and even newer metal and mechanical items can be repaired. Antiques and keepsakes can be rebuilt and repurposed as special gifts and can also be made into art such as steampunk. I also teach blacksmithing, fabrication and welding skills and sub-specialties within these categories. Action taken from early dreams made the vision of owning a practical and artistic business possible, collaborating with my clients’ own visions. As an Electrical Engineering Technician in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC for 22 years, I worked with faculty, staff, and students on stimulating research challenges. As a Red Seal Journeyman and shop supervisor, I taught students to bring their designs to life, even inventing unique ways for students with disabilities to access machinery, complete projects and graduate. Today, from my space in The Mergatroid Building, people bring me all sorts of fascinating projects that use my various skills in blacksmithing, fabricating, machining, architectural model building, theatre props building, cabinet making, and restoring "SS Master" - the heritage steam towboat. I like to foster collaboration with local artists and business owners, so we can flourish together.

Let's get rid of our throwaway society & find recycled materials for projects. An industrial building, church or attic can yield treasures for repair, restoration or to create art.

Map Code: D5
975 Vernon Dr
Vancouver , BC
Studio #979 Vernon Drive