Design & Fabrication of Architectural, Marine & Sculptural Metalwork
Geoff has over 20 years of professional experience designing and fabricating high-end architectural metalwork. His architectural and engineering abilities enable him to develop beautiful functional designs. His drafting and detailing experience insure feasibility and create CNC files. His hands on fabricating experience enables him to TIG weld stainless steel, blackened steel, aluminum, and bronze.
Gate, Column Capitals & Balcony Rail for Port Townsend Residence
Yacht Railings and Hardware
Beautiful, durable, functional fabrications in stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, monel, bronze and titanium
Sundail with globe illuminating the sun’s current relation to the Earth.
Prone bicycle Geoff made in metal sculpture class at Cal.
Flash Gordon Rocket Woodstove made from a propane tank for an Airstream.
Woodburning Hot Tub
Hot tub that I made from a 600 gallon Diesel tank, a cement mixer and some pipe. We could make a stainless steel one for your yard!
Naval Architecture & Boat Building
The Godspeed as seen here is a replica of a vessel which colonized Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. In 1607 three ships arrived at what became the Jamestown Colony. The largest was the Susan Constant, second was the Godspeed and the smallest was the Dove. Very little is known about exactly what these ships actually looked like. Geoff had to research similar vessels from that era. Unfortunately, contemporary shipwrights did not keep detailed records or descriptions of their projects since theirs was a long and slowly evolving tradition of craft rather than innovation. Naval architecture did not exist as a profession per se. Ironically, some of the best records we have of vessels from that era are paintings of seascapes. So we started with a sort of galleon midship section. Geoff modeled the hull in Multi-Surf. While Geoff kept the freeboard and deck plan authentic, he pushed the hull form below the water line to reflect some of what we’ve learned in four centuries of study of wave resistance, including moving the center of buoyancy aft of midships. There was a bit of grumbling about that not being traditional, but nobody complained after she was launched and actually sails.
For two years Geoff worked as a subcontractor on the restoration of the 1907 steam yacht Cangarda. The original hull was stripped and replated in the '80s. It then sank and laid in the mud south of Boston. Fortunately none of the machinery or carpentry was on board. Tri-Coastal Marine had the original hull laser-scanned to gather a 3D point-cloud from which we created a new fair hull model which conformed well to the original. This new computer model was then off-set for shell thickness, sliced-up into frames and subdivided into floors, frames, hanging knees and deck beams. These assorted pieces were CNC cut and sent back to the shop. Most of the original hull was scrapped except the stern ring frame and the forward engine room bulkhead. Geoff was hired to assemble the hull. He laid the keel, set up and supervised the assembly and welding of the frames, hung all the frames and bulkheads, welded most of the deck structure, helped weld the shell, and then spent another year on innumerable details.