This is a hammered sheet steel piece. After drawing the image onto the metal, I then trace the lines with a chisel to set the steel and to also see the drawing of the back side from which I hammer it. Depending on what the design dictates, I use patinas, paints or plate with copper It is then clear coated for durability.
This is my homage to old painted machinery. I use to work on tug boats and would have to paint various pipes in the engine room in different colors to differentiate between air, fresh water, sea water, and fire lines. Also we would pick up and delivery wood chip and sawdust barges from various mills located in the Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. I often had to go on shore and find someone to sign off on a delivery or pick up, and was fascinated by how the neat the painted machinery looked with bright paint and dark smudges of grease.