INTUITIVE IRON - Random Studio Shots - indianapolis, IN
INTUITIVE IRON - A fusion of metal, art and function..........
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Intuitive Iron Forging a Steel Basket
Clyde forging a birdcage
Giant footballs have taken over the place....I suspect aliens are involved.
Giant footballs have taken over the place....I suspect aliens are involved.
Forging insets for wine bottle necks. Each piece must be heated three times during the process. The pieces will eventually be held together with some oldschool hand forged rivets.
Forging insets for wine bottle necks. Each piece must be heated three times during the process. The pieces will eventually be held together with some oldschool hand forged rivets.
The racks are coming together quite nicely. I've got a couple of cool ideas that might slow thing down a bit.... If the ideas pan out this rack system will be truly awesome.
The racks are coming together quite nicely. I've got a couple of cool ideas that might slow thing down a bit.... If the ideas pan out this rack system will be truly awesome.
I started with this pile of parts from a 1920's gas pump and turned them into a 10' tall light. I converted the original handle into a light switch. Designing and fabricating a functional light switch for the giant lever ended up being an entire days worth of work.I added steel safety stops and return springs for safe and smooth action.
I started with this pile of parts from a 1920's gas pump and turned them into a 10' tall light. I converted the original handle into a light switch. Designing and fabricating a functional  light switch for the giant lever ended up being an entire days worth of work.I added steel safety stops and return springs for safe and smooth action.
Glass installed with patina work near completion. Home stretch.....
Glass installed with patina work near completion. Home stretch.....
Here's the finished product taking center stage in it's new space.
Here's the finished product taking center stage in it's new space.
Old gas pump light conversion
Old gas pump light conversion
I was able to hide all of my electrical work inside the old vent pipe thus providing a clean look. I formed a custom bracket to hold the new light housings and added two Edison style bulbs. The fit and feel are perfect for the piece.
Here comes the bling!!!!
Here comes the bling!!!!
I took the 10 wheeled bike to The Da vinci pursuit's last outing. This was an opportunity for the public to interact with local artists and there creations. I built a stand for my bike that allowed the public to take turns spinning the wheels. It's officially the only 10 wheeled stationary bike...
I took the 10 wheeled bike to The Da vinci pursuit's last outing. This was an opportunity for the public to interact with local artists and there creations. I built a stand for my bike that allowed the public to take turns spinning the wheels. It's officially the only 10 wheeled stationary bike...
100% Hand forged cowboy hat
100% Hand forged cowboy hat
Check out this monster!!!!
Check out this monster!!!!
104"x48"x2" Sycamore Slab
Got Clamps?
Big pieces require tons of clamps and tons of patience... This will soon be a 84" tall headboard with a tufted fabric insert. Check back later to see the finished piece.
Got Clamps?
Not one but two floating curved staircases....Yikes
Not one but two floating curved staircases....Yikes
Stairway to nowhere.....
Stairway to nowhere.....
Custom steel bed...Indianapolis
Custom steel bed...Indianapolis
This monster will be 84" tall when I'm finished. The inset will be a beautiful tufted fabric with plenty of flair.
Doors are always tough, especially when your using legs that have no consistant planes to work from.
This one was tricky, but the doors squared up nice and had great action.....
Doors are always tough, especially when your using legs that have no consistant planes to work from.
Playing with an old Little Giant power hammer. Vintage fun
Playing with an old Little Giant power hammer. Vintage fun
I did this one way back when..... One of my first few tables.
I did this one way back when..... One of my first few tables.
Throw back piece.... Before the days of fancy smart phones... Yip, A picture of a real picture.
Saddle bar stool
Throw back piece.... Before the days of fancy smart phones... Yip, A picture of a real picture.
Hate to get technical but I'm about to...New toy in the studio
Hate to get technical but I'm about to...New toy in the studio
This beauty from the past will certainly help out when precision pieces are needed. This bohemith is nearly 40 years old and weighs in over a ton. It's been reconditioned and is still capable of holding some tight tolerances. She's all wired up and running like a champ......
Corten Steel and wood Pergola / Arbor
This is one aspect of a larger project. There's actually four of these that surround a sculpture. There's also four really cool benches and some other goodies. Check back later to see the finished piece.
Corten Steel and wood Pergola / Arbor
Modern "Wave" table base
Modern "Wave" table base
This base will support a massive slab of 1/2" thick oval glass.
Repurposed Furniture..
Tom hauled this massive man hole cover into my studio and said make me a bar height table. I asked him "Why a manhole"? He told me that his wife's family owned the company that actually cast these monsters. So this giant hunk of steel actually has a cool family history. Here it is before it goes out for media blasting and powder coating. Once it's coated I'll add some custom paintwork and a 42" glass top.
Repurposed Furniture..
Zinc Hood Indianapolis
Zinc Hood Indianapolis
Wow..Zinc is a funny animal.. It takes on a different look from every angle. The colors actually flip in different lighting situations.
Zinc range hood
I can't wait to see this hood when the kitchen is finished. I caught a glance of the backsplash tile today and it should look awesome with the hood.
Zinc range hood
Corten steel planters
Corten steel planters
I love working with corten steel. These massive planters will look awesome with a patina and some plant work.
Ladder pot rack..
Part of this ladder was crushed during a fire. I was able to salvage the remaining end and make a cool firehouse pot rack.
Ladder pot rack..
These old fire hydrants are about to get a  new life.
These old fire hydrants are about to get a new life.
Media blasting removed nearly 75 years of paint and crud. These old relics are about to be repurposed into a massive conference table base. I love the planned design on this one and can't wait to tear into it!
Laying out the table top... This table will be 12' long and have two fire hydrant legs that will pass through the table. This pic shows the inner design in raw steel...
Laying out the table top... This table will be 12' long and have two fire hydrant legs that will pass through the table. This pic shows the inner design in raw steel...
Shopping cart chair...
Shopping cart chair...
This old shopping cart was converted into cool chair. It's actually quite comfortable.
Custom plaque
Custom plaque
Outdoor kitchen table mock-up
Outdoor kitchen table mock-up
This thing will be insane. Eventually it will be an outdoor bar with 8 powdercoated tractor seats. I cut and carved the rough base outline today and I'm already getting a good feel .... This will be an awesome piece very soon.
Forged candle holders..
Forged candle holders..
All forged from 1" solid steel!!
Badge close-up
Image would auto-flip upon insertion.
Badge close-up
Vanity top with sink and faucet cut in...
Vanity top with sink and faucet cut in...
Custom Army Bed
This unique army bed has it's own sand bag bunker with a custom camo ladder.
Custom Army Bed
Custom kids bed Indianapolis
Custom kids bed Indianapolis
Hmmmmm..
Hmmmmm..
Firefighters Artist Indiana
Firefighters Artist Indiana
Custom bar...Did this one for a fellow firefighter and incorporated our departments badge with his badge number laser cut into the design.
Treasure Chest...Childrens Museum
This treasure chest got an old world metal treatment, Intuitive Iron style.....It's part of the new Treasures exhibit at the Indianapolis Childrens Museum.
Treasure Chest...Childrens Museum
One last look....
One last look....
Getting one last look before it heads out on a 2000 mile journey.
Modern slab bench
This is a killer modern bench I'm working on...This one's gonna be insane...It's gonna have major wow factor, especially at 8' long. Check back later to see the finished product. BTW This one will be for sale to anyone.........
Modern slab bench
Still lots of work to do but I'm really motivated to get this one done....
Still lots of work to do but I'm really motivated to get this one done....
Forging with a power hammer
Forging with a power hammer
Power hammers enable Blacksmiths to forge thicker materials with fewer heats.
Tack Welding
Tack Welding
Preparing the bench back to receive a stained glass panel.
Preparing the bench back to receive a stained glass panel.
Stone Bench
Stone Bench
I had just placed the stone on the base to get a feel for scale. The stone weighs about 350lbs.
Scrolling
Scrolling
Forming a scroll around a jig..
Hand forged balcony...
Hand forged balcony...
This curved balcony was a 100% hand forged. The cat-tails are forged from 1" solid round stock. Here it sits waiting for paint.
This one will be fun...
This one will be fun...
I'm converting this old coke machine shell into a lakehouse towel holder...Check back in August to see the finished product...
Stripped down and ready.....
Stripped down and ready.....
Lots of work and a little help from friends got this old dog looking pretty sweet. Thanks Glen and Perry...
Lots of work and a little help from friends got this old dog looking pretty sweet. Thanks Glen and Perry...
The outside is ready and now it's time to make some Teak shelves...
Fresh paint and chrome really changes things...
Fresh paint and chrome really changes things...
10 cents...WOW..
I-podium with I-pad in place....
I-podium with I-pad in place....
Custom metal bed frame
Custom metal bed frame
Man this is one tall headboard!