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Jumping salmon adds a unique touch to your railing or gate

Ways to Personalize Your Exterior Stair Railing

Lately many people are asking for exterior stair railings, not necessarily because they need one themselves, but because an aging family members chided, When are you going to get a railing I can hold onto so I don’t fall and break my neck? Who wants that kind of guilt & liability?  An investment in a well-made, sturdy [...]

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Cobalt Designworks’ New Metal Art Shop!

Cobalt Designworks is making the move from our small <400 sq ft space that has served us well in incubating the business into larger more comfortable digs that will allow us to grow.  The single story cinder block building located in uptown Vancouver, WA was built in 1960 and has in the past been home [...]

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Corio & Frei Finalists for Public Art in Moscow, Idaho

This article ran on December 1, 2011 in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News talking about public art in Moscow, Idaho.  Read the full article online. Moscow Public Art Finalists: Art for the Masses Three in running for public art project commission By Alan Solan, Moscow-Pullman Daily News staff writer Next year at this time, a tiny [...]

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Bright Colorful Sculptures: Metal with Hue

I love metal when it is richly oxidized, either by the slow force nature or by a much quicker patina process.  Earthy tones are in right now for sure; people love rust, antique bronze and the oil rubbed look. One client wanted large vessels that looked like they were “just pulled out of an old barn, forgotten for decades”. [...]

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When Off-the-Shelf Isn’t Good Enough: 50 Ways to Add Pizazz with Custom Metal Work

There are endless ways to add unique touches around your home & landscape with decorative metal work.  I’ve listed 50 ways here and I’m keeping a running tab.  Leave a comment with your own ideas and I will add it to the list. Interior Architectural 1.  Staircase railings 2.  Staircases 3.  Loft / balcony railings [...]

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Cobalt Designworks Featured in North Bank Magazine

We are thrilled to be featured in North Bank magazine’s winter 2011 edition.  The magazine focuses on Southwest Washington’s emerging urban lifestyles.  Thank you to the magazine’s editor Jessica Swanson who did a wonderful job capturing the essence of our custom metal work business and where we are heading.  Read the full article:  North Bank [...]

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Two Sculptures, Two Exhibitions, One Long Trip

In late October Dave and I set off in a 22-ft Penske truck for southern California to install our latest two sculptures in two different juried exhibitions.  First stop San Diego where we installed our piece Sprouted Bumbershoot in the Urban Trees 7 exhibition. 

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Shapely Series Ready for Take-Off

Come late October when the rains have started here in the Portland area, Dave and I will be catching a little sunshine in Palm Desert, California. That’s where we will be installing our latest large scale metal sculpture Shapely Two. The piece was juried into the 2010-2012 El Paseo Sculpture Invitational along with 17 other [...]

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An Ode to the Pacific Northwest in Bremerton, WA

Who’s going to let a little rain stop them? Not the new woman in town in Bremerton, Washington. Dave and I recently delivered our 6-foot sculpture Despite the Rain to Pam Bykonen, Arts Commission clerk for Bremerton and our main contact for the project.

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