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Welcome to the Dorset Copperfish

Decorative metalwork

Decorative metalwork

Working in copper, brass, steel and other metals, I create decorative or architectural sculptural work, house and garden ornaments large or small using recycled or new materials.

Practical sculpture and ironmongery

Practical sculpture and ironmongery

Hinges, latches, brackets, basins or bowls; I can fabricate anything you can think of using a variety of metals, reclaimed or new. I'll help turn your metal vision into a metal reality.

Motorcycles and vehicles

Motorcycles and vehicles

I fabricate custom aluminium motorcycle fuel tanks, mud guards, battery boxes and air boxes. I have 25 years' experience restoring vehicles incl. Messerschmitt Tigers, KR200s and others.

Fusing imagination and functionality

teds-toolsOver my 25 years in the motor industry, I moved into the specialist field of historic vehicle restoration. During this time I have developed a broad skill set and enjoy using my experience to enhance projects both simple and complex.

 

I started predominately with sheet metal-working but soon moved onto heavier gauge materials. This led me to the realisation of the inherent beauty and the infinite possibilities that the materials had to offer.

 

Utilising both traditional and modern methods I started to express my more creative side. Instead of applying this to purely autotelic gewgaws, I applied my craft to everyday items such as hinges, door catches, log baskets etc.

 

The Dorset Copperfish is the realisation of a long held ambition to create exclusive bespoke metal items for whoever wants them.

Recent portfolio

  • Steampunk Shark

    Steampunk Shark...

  • Another Flower

    A Piece for the 2017 Purbeck Arts Weeks....

    Angela the Dorset steampunk fish

    A steampunk deep sea angler fish made from recycled copper and brass; any excuse to use lots and lots of rivets. She's a pretty girl. Commissions welcome....

    Brass Steam Engine Dome

    A brass dome I made for a steam engine on the Groudle Glen Railway, ...

  • Copper Bar Top

    A Copper bar top, a bar top of copper no less....

  • Lilies in steel

    Ah yes, a set of three Calla Lilies in steel for a tin wedding anniversary. Difficult shape, always looks nice in bare steel. Brass in the middle of course, bit trick with the sander to get the texture. Commissions welcome....

    Messerschmitt KR200 restoration complete

    A completed Messerschmitt KR200 restoration, looking well in bare steel. All the trims are dry fitted because nobody wants to be drilling a freshly painted car....

    STEIB Sidecar Restoration

    This is a STEIB sidecar restoration, well when I say restoration it was more of a remanufacture really. This side car is attached to an Adler motorcycle, more on this one later. Great little project and as you can see the original had seen better day...

  • A Steampunk Blunderbuss

    A Mighty fine blunderbuss, a bit more steampunk weaponry to tackle any rampant sea creatures or the like.  ...

  • Louvers, louvers and indeed louvres

    [gallery ids="6698,6696,6695,6697"] Louvers and louvres stamped into any panel, 3" 5" 9" 12", get in touch....

    Mobius

    A Mobius strip in brass, an impossible shape that is possible. Another bit of bespoke brass work....

    Copper Hand Basin

    A Copper hand basin, a basin for hands. Now residing in Covent Garden....

  • Steampunk Phone Case

    A brass and copper Steampunk phone case hot off the polisher down here in Dorset.  I can make similar to suit any phone or device, gotta love a bit of brass in pocket (cliche? sorry)...

    Steel rose

    A rose made out of individual steel petals featuring copper leaves. Commissions available....

    Squid-chic hinge

    A hinge inspired by seaweed squid-chic, or something like that....

  • Rose hinge

    A steel hinge featuring a rose design. Can be made from other materials, or a combination of materials. Commissions welcome....

    Messerschmitt repair

    A badly damaged Messerschmitt three wheeler was deemed beyond repair by other body shops. The nature of the damage required a special jig to realign the back end, which I subsequently manufactured for the repair. All the joins were lead-loaded as ...

    Maltese hinges in raw

    Maltese hinges in their raw steel state. These are all hand-cut and finished purely by eye which gives them an individual character....

  • Maltese hinges in context

    Steel hinges featuring a Maltese cross design fitted to large oak garage doors. The hinges are powder coated to give them a long-lasting protection. Commissions taken....

    Vase

    Starting with flat sheets of new copper and aluminium, I made this 2ft high vase which is finished to a highly polished state. Commissions available....

    Bloom bowl

    Starting with a blank new sheet of copper, I created this 24" bowl using an English wheel, a hammered rolled top and finished the edge using a blow torch to give the copper a heat bloom which gives the copper the amazing colours that you see. Comm...

  • Mancala board

    Made for a client using 100% reclaimed materials. The oak plank was an off cut from a saw mill but I saw the potential in the textures and colours. The copper bowls were fashioned over many hours from a copper sheet obtained ...

    Look at my And

    The final finish peice...

    Aluminium Bonnet/Hood for a Model A Hotrod

    Yet another bonnet, or should I say hood, for a Ford Model A hotrod. Note the detail on the Dzus fasteners, all frenched in pop pickers....

  • Messerschmitt KR200 restoration made easy

    Start with a mess, add a load of hours and end up without a mess...

    Steampunk Gun

    An older piece, but hey its a great pic....

    Steampunk gun

    Another view of a steampunk gun  ...

  • New KR200 Rear Mudguard

    An all new Messerschmitt KR200 steel rear mudguard, made a few of these....

    Someting Small

    A brass repair on an antique door curtain rail. As you can see the old one was all but worn away so a new end had to be made. Small but fun....

    Ford Roadster Bonnet

    A bonnet I made for a Ford Hotrod, all aluminum construction, this one has removable sides so can be run with just the top, as the mood takes....

  • Triumph TR3 BETA Stone Guards

    Some polished aluminum stone guards I made for a TR3 BETA, this was part of a much larger project....

    Triumph TR3 BETA grill

    Tricky little bleeder this one, a all new polished aluminum grill I made for a Triumph TR3 BETA....

    A Steampunk Gun

    A Steampunk Gun I made for fighting off the kraken. This is a scratch built steampunk gun built on a whim really, I had it in mind that it was the smaller brother of the Kraken gun but I spent much more time on this one. Gotta say that I am happy wit...

  • Custom Brass Table

    Another project for The Martin Huxford Collection.                                  ...

    Its A Breakfast Bar

    Challenge was to make a floating Breakfast bar with an industrial twist. Because of the offset a heavy gauge steel was used. ...

  • Messerschmitt TG500 Tiger Stone Gaurds

    A batch of Messerschmitt TG500 Tiger stone gaurds i fabricated, harder than it looks as the material was very thin and of course the texture had to remain intact....

    Custom Minisprint Dash

    I fabricated this polished alloy dash for a  Trickett style Minisprint, based on the original mini dash shape, the customer wanted a bigger version to house a more comprehensive array of guages.  ...

    Pretty Aluminium Flamingo

    You dont get asked to fabricate a four foot aluminium flamingo every day, maybe  life would be better if you did.  I smiled all the way through this job. Another pretty girl....

  • XK150

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    Lagonda bonnet

    This is a bonnet i made for one of the works Lagonda cars, sorry about the quality of the pic but it was a few years ago now.  ...

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