Steven’s journey with repurposing metal scrap into art began in 2012. Having no formal training, he started with an offshore plasma cutter and some salvaged pieces from the family farm scrap pile, a shovel, barrel kids, and a discer blade. He used these to test his abilities and create gifts for his family members. Soon he started to receive requests to create pieces from friends as images were being shared on Facebook profiles. He began testing his cutting abilities out on any metal object he could find. As the amount of pieces created started to grow, he was convinced into attending a few trade shows.
His main choice for material has always been found and salvaged metal items. Fuel tanks, cream cans, hand saws, snow shoes, and anything else he could cut or fit with a metal panel. Over the past few years, he has started to incorporate barnboard and live edged birch which he sourced from another artisan who runs his own sawmill near Nipawin. Most recently he has tried to blend his metal with stained glass.
Steven believes in recycling as many pieces as possible. Sometimes a piece takes shape quickly while others take time before they show me what’s hiding within it’s form.