Donald's Innovations and Repairs

About the artist
As a blacksmith fabricator and consultant, I solve metal work, mechanical and artistic problems and care deeply about getting rid of our throwaway society - pun intended. You can save metal work antiques, artifacts, keepsakes and, even turn them into art – like steampunk. Let’s restore, repurpose, conserve, repair, reinvent or even invent from objects we have accumulated. Together, we can make it happen. Dreams like this are possible if we take committed action. While attending a10-month Leadership Program in 2013-14 with my wife, the urge to start my own business took hold. 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. For special-needs students, I invented unique ways for them to access machinery, complete projects and graduate. Many of my students became full-time professors, researchers and entrepreneurs. Today, from my space in The Mergatroid Building, people bring me all sorts of fascinating projects that use all my previous skills, including architectural model building, theatre props building, stage managing, cabinet making, and restoring "SS Master" - the heritage steam towboat. And I am passionate about fostering collaboration with local artists and business owners. Together we can flourish.

Fabricating & blacksmithing practical & artistic custom metal work projects. Let's get rid of our throwaway society and instead, restore, repurpose, repair, invent & collaborate.

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