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Tim Shoemaker, Metal Sculpturist

IMG_0005I found Tim Shoemaker through a mutual friend – she knew I liked dragons and she shared a picture of Tim’s dragon sculptures with me. I am now the proud owner of two metal dragon sculptures.

Tim Shoemaker grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the fourth of five boys. He is now married with two grown children, a married daughter who lives nearby and a boy who works and goes to college.

Welding is his business, and Tim’s foray into creating metal sculptures “seemed to make sense.” Tim is especially proud of his Bald Eagle, Rooster, Lionfish, and the Horse.10525703_10203653081441550_5008572376896355533_n-2

Originally working out of a rented commercial space, Tim now has a shop at his home. He hand forms, cuts, shapes, grinds, and MIG welds his pieces. He is inspired by nature.

(MIG welding is a process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the metal work piece that heats the pieces causing them to melt and adhere.)

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11165127_1021136917920101_6816914233529938790_oTim Shoemaker was born in Detroit. He began drawing at an early age –   always “doodling” – and dreamed of one day becoming an artist. Throughout his childhood, art class was his favorite subject in school. As he got into his teenage years, his interest turned in the direction of shopwork, metal, and welding. After high school, Tim served a three-year term in the U. S. Army. Since then he has worked in many areas of construction and maintenance. In 1999, he decided to go into business on his own, and started running a portable welding service. Now Tim has a shop where he combines his natural artistic talent with his welding and metalsmithing skills. He creates unique pieces of ornamental ironwork and welded metal sculptures.

Find more of Tim’s fabulous metal sculptures on his Facebook page.

You can contact Tim at tim@eclipseweld.com.

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