Our projects are artistic, mechanical, monochromatic, brightly colored, industrial, and visual. Simply put – they are as unique as our clients. Knowing we are only as good as our last commission keeps us eager to find our next challenge.
Cascading layers of aluminum form the top of this drinks ready coffee table. The lower ring emulate the clover shaped top. Powder coated satin black the top has a painted gold middle ring.
20″ tall x 36″ wide x 18″ deep.
Quick Trick Tube Stack. This table uses something as strong as pipe in a non-traditional manner and then gives it an industrial finish for artistic sake. The pipes are cut and welded to a steel back bone and the pieces are then hot dip galvanized. The zinc coating is not uniform in color or pattern.
With a vase profile and turbine blade imagery this table skirts the line between industrial and artistic. All steel construction and clear powder coating ensures durability should this table find itself outside. The top is 60 inch diameter x 10mm thick tempered glass with a center hole for an umbrella.
Elegance in Brass and oyster. These chandeliers conceal their wiring so only the crisp lines, clean tubes, and smooth terminals support the frosted white shades. Everything that looks brass is brass. Steel and aluminum were cut and welded then powder coated oyster.
Artist Gary Sweeney provided the artwork and design for 28 road dividers. We cut and welded the square tube steel frames around water jet artwork. The finished weldments were powder coated. Installation was handled by the Greater East End Management District. Five of them are unique designs and are eleven feet long. The remaining 23 are four designs repeated which are each seven feet long.
The anchor design on the doors and the steel tube frames were provided by artist Gary Sweeney. In order to weld them into their spaces and not have unsightly gaps each panel needed to fit snugly. All three doors were meticulously measured and individual panels were cut which conform to the subtly unique dimensions of each space. Once welded the doors were sent out for powder coating. The last step was attaching the perforated stainless steel screens to the back side of the designs.
Anthony Thompson Shumate of ACTS Studios designed the bicycle racks for the Greater East End Management District. HCMW cut them from 7/8 inch thick plate steel and had them hot dip galvanized. Some were cut with extensions that are sunk into the concrete pad they sit on. Some have feet welded to the bottom of them and they are bolted on top of their concrete pads.
The owner of the Joerns Roadster came to me to repair the original windshield frame that Jack Joerns hand made for his car. This was not possible as the chrome plating was what was holding the remaining steel and rust together. I took detailed measurements of both sides of the frame. Not surprisingly the original was not symmetrical. I chose the drivers side and perfected my design until test cuts matched the original curves. After that I mirrored the design so that the left and right glass would be the same, simplifying one aspect of owning a unique car. After fabrication two trips were made to the body shop to test fit the frame and make adjustments to match the cowl. Once chrome plated the frame was installed with a thin rubber gasket to protect the paintwork.
Body work and paint and assembly performed by Tony Bock of Broken Bolt Restorations.
Chrome plating by Speed and Sport Chrome.
These decorative archways were designed by artist Gary Sweeney and produced by HCMW. They delineate the two ends of the Esplanade at Navigation Boulevard in Houston. Each is all steel and roughly 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The artwork was provided to HCMW and then cut out of three sheets of steel which when laid next to each other fit seamlessly. The sheets were welded at the joints and then welded to a 2″ square tube frame. The entire assembly was powder coated prior to delivery. Installation was handled by the on site contractors.
A batch of six matching chandeliers were produced for Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church. They were remodeling their sanctuary and we were privileged to contribute.
The perimeters of the fixtures are cut with the church’s selected design. All parts are aluminum. Parts were water jet cut, slip rolled, welded, milled, and turned at HCMW and we handled the outside processing.
The oyster bar at the State of Grace restaurant in River Oaks, Houston was made by HCMW. It took a combination of technology and hand working to produce this. The customer provided us with a digital design of the shape of the bar. Cutting that from a file would get us templates, but those templates needed trimming and fitting to match the actual structure in place. Once the templates were correct, we began to cut and hammer the brass over them. This is a time consuming process that is best not to be rushed. Like the main surface, the transaction counter was also hand hammered. Other trades trimmed out the main bar with a wooden elbow rest.
The lobby bar of the Hotel Galvez is easily accessible after hours. Prior to construction of this cage, all of the alcohol had to be secured each night and returned to the bar each day. This cage is both attractive and functional. The panels have locks on the bottom that all share one key. Each panel weighs less than ten pounds and can be stored efficiently on a rack in the closet behind the bar. The dismantling of this cage takes less than five minutes each time. A great improvement over the time it takes to collect 75 bottles of liquor.
Nearby cabinet doors received matching cutout panels.
The church provided us with the artwork for their cross design. We water jet cut steel to match each piece of their cross, welded brackets to the back of them, and had them powder coated.
This ping pong net is as durable as the concrete table it completes. The net is water jet cut from 316 stainless steel and welded to matching grade tubes. We produced stainless grommets which are placed in the concrete during production. This allows the net to be removed so the table can be more useful. The center stripe of the table is also 316 stainless steel.
The concrete top was produced by CSW creations.
Twenty four feet long and straight as an arrow. This divider has two continuous lengths of square tubing which fit through square holes milled in the vertical round tubes. This method maintained the straightness and consistency of the height. The glass panels are supported by water jet steel frames. The steel was sanded prior to welding and then cleaned and blackened. Brass accents cap the round tubes and provide fastening at the bases.
This counter surface is yellow brass. The edge was formed by hand hammering. Subtle distressing and hammer marks are visible on the front face. The surface was left un-coated so that with time it will age, and with aggressive cleaning it can be lightened.
This all aluminum framework chandelier has an umbrella profile with six perimeter light extensions and one central light extension. On this example the shades were chosen to match the main kitchen chandelier. The six perimeter shades are smaller in size and the one central shade is larger than the other six. The aluminum terminals, tubes, and main wiring bowl were anodized to match the kitchen hardware and the body was powder coated to match the cabinet paint.
Custom brass counter tops were added to the kitchen design of the BOHO Cottage at the world famous Vintage Round Top. Also featured on Emily Henderson’s Interior Design Blog of HGTV. Photography by Tessa Neustadt.
Artist Anthony Thompson Shumate came to us to produce his project – Monumental Moments. These inspirational phrases are installed in Buffalo Bayou park in Houston, Texas. The four foot tall letters are cut from HDPE. What no one will ever see are the threaded stainless bars and galvanized tubing which lay under ground. This steel structure provides spacing and secure anchoring for the artwork.
A batch of nine light fixtures. The two layered backing plate is water jet from steel and the pieces welded with tubing between them. The plate has a pocket in the back which conceals the electrical box. All of the steel was cleaned and blackened. From the end of the brass tubing extends a chain with an assembled brass chandelier supporting six lights each. The power wire passes through the back plate, brass tube, is woven through the chain, and enters the hanging fixture.
This table mimics elegant console tables more commonly made from wood. The contours are inspired by Victorian designs; most noticeably in the legs. The table is all aluminum. Prior to welding each piece is sanded to produce a shiny metallic surface. After welding the whole table was powder coated clear to show off the natural color. The designs in the top are cut all the way through the Aluminum.
This design can be powder coated solid colors as well.
This table was built to display a deep sea hose at OTC. The customer’s name and parent company logo are cut into the base. It is made from 1/2″ thick steel and fully welded at all joints. Originally the customer wanted a plain, square tube steel table. I designed this and presented it as a more artistic option.
The customer needed a tool to peel multi layer, deep sea hose like an apple peeler would. This tool clamps onto a mandrel placed in the end of the tube and slices off varying depths of rubber to expose steel braided wires. HCMW generated the 3D design before any metal was cut. Water jetting, CNC milling, CNC turning, and welding were all necessary. The threading for the two main bodies is a non-standard acme thread similar to others used by the customer.
All steel bases cut from plate steel and rectangular tubing. The steel was cleaned before and after welding and then blackened. One pair was made.
These are the foot rails and stands at the main bar, chef’s kitchen bar, and oyster bar. The base was water jet from 1/4″ thick steel and TIG welded. Then the brass rings were brazed to to the stand. Once assembled the steel was blackened then the brass was cleaned. The tubes are blackened steel.
We designed this base for a customer’s 70 inch diameter marble top. The top and bottom ring are water jet cut from 3/8 inch thick steel and the verticals are cut from 1/4 inch thick steel. Prior to welding all of the steel was sanded. After welding and a bit more sanding the entire base was powder coated clear. The customer supplied top weighs approximately 600 pounds. With the top in position this base is rigid and does not wiggle. 40 inch diameter top ring and 32 inch diameter bottom ring.
These assemblies incorporate all major activities at HCMW; 3D design, Milling, Turning, and Water Jet cutting. These are made from stainless steel and aluminum. The teak handle is turned in house. We facilitate the outside processing. We acquire the hardware. We assemble the parts and provide the finished product in a box that goes on the customer’s shelf until it is taken out to the field and installed.
This pair of bases stand 23 inches tall. The design is cut from steel and fanned out to reveal the shape of a pineapple. The steel was sand blasted and clear powder coated. Direct light shows a subtle metallic sparkle.
These can be powder coated most colors.
This machine was first fully realized in 3D. Once the design was evaluated and approved, production of the Make parts began. This included water jetting plate, CNC milling, CNC turning, forming, and sending some parts for outside processing. All hardware was ordered and coordination with the customer for a few unique parts he was supplying. Assembly of all mechanical components was completed and the machine was picked up by the customer. It is currently out for UL and FDA testing.
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