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About Me

HAND BENT STEEL, PROCESS ART, OLDE TIME STRENGTH

When I tell people that I am a strongman performer, people are interested. When I tell them that all my sculptures are structural grade steel bent without heat or tools, the most popular reaction is disbelief. Very soon after, I’m asked a very reasonable question: “How did [I get] into this medium as an art form?”

In 2015, I saw a guy bend a grade 8 bolt with his bare hands, and thought to myself “I want to learn how to do THAT!” After some research, I enlisted the help of Chris Rider, The Coney Island Strongman, as my coach. Over 2 years, I developed a practice in Olde Time Feats of Strength. One of these feats is called “scrolling,” and involves bending long steel bars without the use of tools or heat to soften the metal. The training was tough, but the result was even more than I bargained for.

Today, scrolling has become my favourite medium for expression, aesthetic appeal, and functionality. From wine racks to abstract art, Mind Over Metal has become a project chock full of hard work, attention to detail, sweat, bruises, and beautiful results. I enjoy taking on commission work, as well as sharing and discussing my collection of finished pieces with the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

COMISSIONS, BOOKINGS, & MORE
What is scrolling?

Scrolling is the art of bending long lengths of construction grade steel into a desired shape. What makes Tony’s work unique is that his process does not require the use of heat to soften the steel, or tools to aid in gaining leverage to achieve the desired bends. All pieces are hand made without these assistive methods, which results in truly one-of-a-kind, original art pieces.

Can I see more pictures of a specific piece?

Pending availability, a 360° view of a sculpture can be provided upon request.

How long do commissions take?

Commission projects are handled in a case-by-case manner. Turn around is dependent on the size of the piece, color and desired mounting (if required). All these details are covered in the consultation.

What is used to color the pieces?

All pieces, unless otherwise specified, are professionally powder coated to provide a near limitless level of customization and rust protection, and also aids in curing the steel into the desired shape with a hardened coating.

Can I see how my sculpture is made?

Time lapse video can be available for commission pieces, at an additional charge.

Where do you ship sculptures?

Mind Over Metal will ship anywhere within Canada and the United States. International shipping may be considered depending on logistics.

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Services

Commission Artwork

This service is best approached with plenty of time, and the ability to discuss your concept. Not everything can be hand bent out of steel or steel wire, but few things are truly impossible. Pricing is set ahead of time, and a deposit is required to begin the work.

Live Art Curations

Nothing will give better context to a handmade sculpture than watching the process unfold in person. For a flat fee, Tony will attend your event and bend a straight length of steel into a beautiful sculpture or wine rack, in person. This process usually takes 1-2 hours, and provides memorable entertainment for you and your guests that will have them talking about your event for weeks and months to come. This service is ideal for drawing more people to your event, or raising more money for a fundraising effort. The fee includes the finished sculpture, and even a choice of single colour powder coat finish.

Strongman Performance

Public speaking is well within Tony’s wheelhouse, and feats of strength are an inspiring way to demonstrate the products of hard work, dedication, and a positive mindset. Performances are kid friendly, but ideal for ages 10 and up.

A strongman show with Tony is approximately 30 minutes in duration, and features a variety of classic olde time feats of strength, as seen in the performances of the world famous strongmen in the circus and fair scene of the early 20th century. With a modern feel, Tony will inspire the audience to stay positive, stay dedicated, and drive home the importance of a positive inner dialogue on the path to success.

Whether the audience is a school group, youth club, or corporate environment, this show is sure to entertain.

Contact Me

Please enjoy the gallery, and feel free to contact me for commission inquiries, general questions and performance bookings!