Having retired from being a surgeon in 2008, I started metal sculpturing as a new hobby in 2009. I enrolled myself in South Seattle Community College and attended classes in metal fabrication. There, for now, is my studio. My sculptures are made with sheet metal. I use computer 3D drafting to design the patterns. The patterns are then transferred to metal and welded.
I have always been interested in assembling things. In my childhood, I would take apart toys and put them back together. In those days in Hong Kong, where I grew up, toys are mostly from Japan and are made in metal (rumored to be recycled steel from salvaged Japanese war ships). The metal pieces are connected with bent tabs. Disassembly and reassembly are well within the grasp of children, as long as the tabs are not bent back too often or too far to risk breakage. As I grew up, I got into carpentry. I soon ran out of projects. There are only so many shelves and tables one can use. In the process, I practiced the process of surface finishing. When I became a boat owner, I sew accessories for my boat. Such things like dodgers, boat covers, wrench covers. As a side interest, I did tailoring. Women dresses are fun to make. All the embellishments show and the finished works bring instant gratification, both for myself and my spouse. Man’s jacket, however, is a pain with too many details like inside pockets that doesn’t even show. By the way, I found tailoring a very good tool for patience training and frustration management. Mistakes make in carpentry is usually in the measuring and cutting. Once cut wrong, the piece is discarded and re-cut. The frustration goes away with the piece that hits the bucket. With tailoring, mistakes are usually in the sewing. Once made, the remedy is to undo the seam without fraying the material. The frustration last all the way until the seam is re-done properly. After exposure to such frustrations enough times, one develops a tolerance and patience. Tailoring is in a sense making three dimensional sculptures with flat material, and involves similar skill set as in metal sculpturing. My other creative hobbies include stain glass, glass etching, computer programming and electronic projects. One of my major commitments in terms of time and energy is yacht design. It took me four years to become certified as a yacht designer. In the process, I deal with three dimensional design work and drafting, which has been applied most effectively in my pursuit of metal sculpturing. Hope that you have enjoyed viewing my sculptures. Your comments are most welcome. I could be reached at “email@example.com”