Artistic Fabrications

Camp Steel are used to getting lots of enquiries for large fabrications so it was altogether different for us to be asked to fabricate some picture frames to hold thin jesmonite cast panels for a local artist!

The team at Camp Steel’s fabrication unit worked closely with artist Suzi Osborn to create the frames for her unique work, liaising on colour and finish and how to attach a split batten fixing to wall mount the work as well as supplying photographs as the job progressed so the artist could decide whether she wanted extra welds on the frames and how it would affect the piece overall.

Suzi usually makes floor based sculpture and this was the first time she had made wall mounted relief work. After finishing her latest piece of art Suzi got in touch with Kieran and Martyn to express her satisfaction with the work commenting “I just wanted to say many thanks for all your hard work fabricating the framework., I'm really happy with how it's turned out.”

Camp Steel Fabrication Manager Kieran Baker was delighted to have received pictures of the frames in situ at the Medicine Bakery as part of the Forward : New Art From Birmingham Exhibition in association with the IKON Gallery where they can be seen until March 24th. He commented “We don’t often get to see the end product of orders we fabricate and lots of our work ends up covered by bricks so it was a welcome change to see our products put to such creative use and look so fantastic.”

Photo credit : Stuart Whipps


Modified 12 April 2018 by Lisa Martin


Our steel ends up in all sorts of places and often we don’t know what it is being used for when we sell it. So when a customer came to Camp Steel asking for some box section, a few metres of flat and some bits and bobs from the offcut rack, nobody batted an eyelid.

Branch Manager, Nick Brown, was therefore thrilled - not to mention amused - to receive pictures of ‘Kart Capone’ whose chassis was built with our steel! The mobster style machine achieved a very creditable 7th place in the Red Bull Soapbox race earlier this year, an international event in which amateur drivers race home-made soapbox vehicles. Each machine is fuelled by sheer courage, the force of gravity - and possibly a certain drink!

The wacky cart took three days to build and at one point reached speeds of 30mph as it careered down the 500  metre track. Disaster struck just seconds after crossing the finishing line when it collided with a hay bale and whilst the body was smashed the sturdy, well built chassis held firm. We understand the Coleshill based team will be repairing the vehicle and taking to the race track again at some point in the future - we wish them good luck in their fun endeavours!

Click here to watch the teams madcap antics! Red Bull Soapbox Race, July 2015