About Me: My name is Bill Roberts, I live and work in Central Florida. I own/operate Custom Design
Metal Arts in Ocala. I've been doing decorative metalwork for 25 years. Starting this
metalsmithing journey in 1984 as a jeweler and caster. Producing one of a kind pieces using
the lost wax casting process.
With a jewelers eye for detail, and finding myself drawn
to other metals, in 1989. I began my apprenticeship, with Klahm and Sons, an internationally
renown ornamental metalsmithing firm that specialized in architectural metalwork, of the
highest quality. I was introduced to larger scale ornamental metalwork.
Then the seed was
planted that motivated me to learn the forge and fabrication approach to metalwork.
experience has allowed me to broaden my artistic horizons to include not only fine jewelry in
gold and sterling but also what I like to refer to as "house jewelry". That being Entry gates,
railings, doors, lighting, furniture, sculpture and much more of mixed metals. Including
aluminum, steels (stainless -mild & damascus), brass, bronze and copper. Of late, the majority
of my work has fallen in the architectural ornamental metal category. I specialize in hand
forged or custom cast, one of a kind and limited edition designs. I enjoy working with original
designs of my own as well as collaborating with clients.
I ALSO teach many different classes
and workshops. After doing decorative metal work for 25 years and the only thing I enjoy as
much as DOING IT.......is teaching it to someone with the desire to learn. With all the
processes that I've used.....I can structure a class to achieve just about anyone's goals in
Hometown: Newton, NJ
Current City: Ocala, FL
Current Zip: 34479
Country: United States
Occupation: Ornamental metalsmith
Companies: Custom Design Metal Arts
Interests and Hobbies: anything creative. Music, metal work, hot glass, kayaking, water sports