Welding and metal fabrication can be very simple and utilitarian but it can also range to what could be considered art. And then it is possible to make metal sculptures as well. One local craftsman at Baltimore Railings & Stairs, can not only do the simple things, he has a background in fine art and can create sculptures in addition to railings, stairs, fire escapes and other similar projects.
It is also important to be able to work in a range of different media or metals in this case. That can include cast iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze. Then it is also necessary to be able to incorporate other materials such as glass and wood. Plus other metal forms, such as cables for cable stairway railings.
You can see on the left a sample of a very small sculpture of a sailboat.
Sculptures can be much larger and look entirely different than this very finished looking piece. On the right is an example of a railing. Very simple but elegant.
This artistic talent and background means that the finish is going to be good on any project and it makes working with architects and builders easy. If you have a need for your boat, this is also one of their specialties. You need to be aware of how salt water affects metal and it helps to have experience sailing and boating. It is not only what metal to use, but also what metals can be in contact with each other. You can have galvanic corrosion and stray current corrosion.
We have been impressed with the company. They have made some very ornate gates. You would never know that they weren’t crafted 100 or more years ago. On the other hand, there are very sleek, modern looking railings, stairways, balconies and other metal fabrication projects.