BARN metal fabrication studio suppports bainbridge island rotary club's 75th anniversary
BARN Metal Fabrication Studio (submission by Abby Wyatt)
What was the inspiration for this piece?
The BARN Metal Fabrication Studio designed and built a commemorative medallion in honor of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club’s 75th anniversary. The new sculptural piece is now installed at Waypoint Park.
Tell us about the creation process including any obstacles to overcome or surprises.
The Metal Fabrication team, led by studio lead David Hays, designed and constructed the piece from start to finish over the course of 5 months. Hays created the initial digital blueprint in Fusion 360®. After working through a number of different material options, the team chose to create an aluminum gear, Rotary’s logo, with cast bronze numbers highlighting Rotary’s 75th anniversary.
The aluminum gear itself was machined by Mark McComsey, creating precise lettering and a highly detailed background for the bronze numerals to be mounted.
Foundry team members Mario Oblak and Jeff Oens cast the bronze “75” using 8-inch tall “7” & “5” digits. Each numeral was smoothed and given a gorgeous and long-lasting patina with ferric nitrate. Prior to the finishing process, Bob Mathisrud used TIG welding techniques to fill some casting imperfections on the numbers.
The machined aluminum gear’s enduring shine is due to its clear Cerakote® coating. The medallion is designed to be both eye-catching and durable, with materials and finishes specifically chosen to stand up to permanent display outside.
The finished piece is now installed at Waypoint Park, where it is visible as a reminder of Rotary’s ongoing commitment to the community.
BARN’s Metal Fabrication Studio includes a range of metalworking disciplines that often begin with cutting metal based on a plan or working drawings. Additional shaping, forming, welding, bending, and/or machining may be used to produce a desired part or product. You can learn all these techniques and skills, as well as the technical arts of forging and pouring hot metal within the BARN Metal Fabrication Studio: https://bainbridgebarn.org/studios/metal-fabrication/