G.O. Gardner's Profile

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I currently live in beautiful Mobile, Alabama.

My life experiences, places I've lived and life events have all affected what I have created, am currently creating.

I developed my interest in metal working as a young boy. My Grandfather had a sheetmetal business, but was known for being able to create and build most anything from a pitchfork to a windmill. However, I didn't actually get into metal working until my early 30's.

In early 2004, I created and built up my first small metal working studio. The shop specialized in hand forged work from gates, railings, furniture, fire screens and even movie and commercial props! I absolutely loved the work, and more and more interesting & creative opportunities were beginning to present themselves on a more frequent basis. However, 2008 was rough,…

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  • Male
  • Born on April 4
  • Joined March 8, 2011

Favorite materials

Wood, Steel, Glass, Concrete, Fasteners, Machinery Parts

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About

I currently live in beautiful Mobile, Alabama.

My life experiences, places I've lived and life events have all affected what I have created, am currently creating.

I developed my interest in metal working as a young boy. My Grandfather had a sheetmetal business, but was known for being able to create and build most anything from a pitchfork to a windmill. However, I didn't actually get into metal working until my early 30's.

In early 2004, I created and built up my first small metal working studio. The shop specialized in hand forged work from gates, railings, furniture, fire screens and even movie and commercial props! I absolutely loved the work, and more and more interesting & creative opportunities were beginning to present themselves on a more frequent basis. However, 2008 was rough, really rough. Unfortunately I had to close up shop and turn my love for metalworking back into a hobby.

I had the opportunity to go back into the Construction Management and was assigned to a new steel mill being built just North of Mobile, Alabama in 2010. The project was the largest privately funded project being built in the world at the time. Over 5,000 people were working each day while I was there. The first day on site, there were over 160 cranes on site!

During the construction of the project, I found myself really intrigued by the way things were constructed. From the construction of the building details to the details of the enormous equipment we were installing. Further, since much of the eqipment was designed and constructed from all over the world, I was intrigued how other engineers from other countries choose to design things. I found myself often photographing interesting details that caught my attention.

Currently, my work reflects both my love of traditionally fabricated pieces as well as organic shapes and forms. Each piece has it's own unique story and inspiration. Thanks for looking and reading a little about me! Please convo me with any questions or comments! Other pictures of my work can be found on Facebook at www.facebook/rustyoakforge.com.

Thank you!
Jerry



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