SPARKY-----A salmon made from spark plugs recycled from previous repair jobs---on oiled cedar base. 38 in. wide by 20 in. tall.
The Solitaire----Mild steel ground and polished. 24 in. wide by 32 in. tall.
been creating things out of metal since he was a young boy growing up on Lopez
Island.He began welding at the age of
eight.His early years were often spent
in his father’s repair shop, with his twin brother-----taking things apart and
putting them back together again.As a
young man he worked in three different welding shops.He also spent many years driving trucks and
working in the timber industry.
Lopez for awhile, and then returned----to open up his own repair and
fabrication business.In between the
carburetors, transmissions, lawnmowers and car repairs-----RON NORMANstarted working with steel in a
completely different way--------and from his hands came herons and salmon,
eagles and ducks.
“I use an oxy-acetylene torch,
wire-feed welder, grinders, pliers, hammers, and whatever is within reach.Everything is cut free-hand and each piece is
unique, not mass produced.I rarely draw
things out on paper-----I usually just grab a piece of chalk and sketch
something directly on the steel.Then I
fire up my torch and start cutting.Some people prefer the very clean lines from a plasma torch----you can
even computerize a design with it, and then make the same thing over and over
and over again.I, myself, love the raw,
rough, and wild cutting that comes from an acetylene torch------it brings so
much more depth, life, and always some unpredictability to the metal surfaces.”
SPRING FLOWERS on Ron Norman's home property.
CHICKENS-----The Girls, with a proud Rooster. Ron loves his birds.
One of three ponds of RON NORMAN'S home property on Lopez Island---these ponds were built to drain off wetter parts of the property, as well as provide an abundant supply of water for growing food and watering the many ornamental trees and the extensive perennial flower gardens.
SUNSET on Lopez Island.
The photos that you see here are just a sample of some of RON NORMAN’Swork.All of Ron’s work is individually designed and created.Some of these pieces have been sold and are displayed in private collections or in public places.