Geoff started working in steel after a commission for a community sculpture trail where he created ‘Edge’, two willow figures supported on a steel armature. Several commissions on and the armature became more appealing than the final willow piece.
It starts with an observational sketch, taking in proportions, movement and features. A series of images are made each being reduced until a line drawing of the essential elements of the animal is completed. A maquette (model) is created to work out any final alterations before the full size sculpture is started.
Geoff uses 12 mm mild steel rods which he bends without heating, cuts to size and welds together. The welds are ground, built up, and finished so they follow the contours of the rods. The sculpture is left to rust naturally or if requested can be galvanised for a cleaner finish.