Metal Bird Sculptures By Joe Pogan
Artist and welder Joe Pogan creates unique metal sculptures of birds and other animals from various metal objects.
From Joe Pogan’s bio:
Joe Pogan is a proud native of Oregon currently residing in Aloha. After serving four years in the Navy, he attended college to study art and welding. More than twenty years as a professional welder has enabled him to move up to the precise and demanding task of welding aluminum frame mountain bikes. He’s used his unique combination of welding expertise and artistic talent for the last several years to create an amazing variety of animal sculptures using fascinating “found metal” objects.
Joe Pogan says:
I create animal sculptures using various “found metal” objects like old watches, sprockets, nuts and bolts. The stranger the piece of metal the better, since the end goal is an eye-catching, fascinating amalgamation of metal with odd nooks and crannies you can explore for hours.
I start by welding a frame to make the general shape. Then I weld or braze the metal objects one at a time, to form the outer shell of the sculpture. I use a “blending” technique that leaves no space between the objects, so the sculpture looks solid. This allows me to hide interesting objects all over each piece, which enhances the excitement of discovery. Some of the works are mounted on a hardwood base that I finish with natural oil.
I hope people enjoy my works as much as I enjoy creating them.
Like Joe says in the first paragraph, I did find myself trying to see what objects I could find. Screws, wrenches, keys, handles to utensils, pretty neat. Joe also does special orders where you can send him items that he will use in the sculpture.
In the video below, watch Joe create a bird like the one above. At the very end, you get to see the finished product. Check out the “perch” he chose for the bird!
I really like how he created a “flower” from spoons. Really creative! Be sure to check out Joe Pogan’s Flickr stream to see more photos of his work.