I started fabricating things out of metal when I was very young. My dad raced stock cars and swamp buggies and I got my start welding at age 13 while learning about motors and racing. By 13 I was also racing stock cars. Over the years I built and raced stock cars, swamp buggies and mud boggers. I have made many things for myself and others such as utility trailers, bridges, and sculptures. I worked as a welder for only 1 year of my career making car hauler trailers. For most of my career I was a plasterer in Florida. After moving to upstate NY I worked in a variety of jobs in the construction field. I have only started exploring the artistic side of metal fabrication during the past five years. We started the metal business in 2006 to take my career in a different direction. It will take a while, but my plan is to fill this blog with pictures of many of the things I have built over the years. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my unique creations. My wife is actually writing this blog for me but she is presenting it from my standpoint with the information I give her. I am more skilled with a welder than a computer.
I started this homemade utility vehicle with the lawnmower. It was a good winter project. I cut the frame and lengthened it by 2 feet. I moved the motor back one foot. I build\t a seat so two of us could ride it at one time. The steering column is in the middle so I can sit in the middle if alone. I made the back of the bed hinge down for easy loading of things. I put a ball on it so I could tow small trailers. I also made a snow plow for it. My wife and I bought some remnant fabric and covered the seat that I made. We used recycled foam from seat cushions from my parents' motor home. I bought new tires for the front and back. I had to modify the rims that came on the lawnmower so the new larger tires would fit.. I will show that process in the next post.