19 November 2009

The "C" Word

I'm not going to mention the "C" word, but that time of year IS creeping up on us again.

"Hmmm, what to get for presents?" I hear you say... well we have a couple of solutions for you!

Firstly, our inaugural "Ferrous Fiesta" will be running for the first week of December. We will have all sorts of specials and deals on a selection of our Gallery and Workshop items. Pop in to 54 Ballantyne Rd Wanaka to view for yourself, or check us out online

Secondly, we have listed some other items for sale on Trade Me. Click on the following links to be taken directly to the auctions via the magic of technology!

Funky Fashionable Belt Buckles:

Flower Design (pictured left)
Triangle Design
Blob Design


Handbag Style Magazine Racks

available in two colour finishes.


Business Card Holder

Business & Rack Card Holder

11 November 2009

Passion for Fashion

Not one to miss an opportunity, our Prue this year coordinated a "top fashion team" to present the more wearable side of some of Metalworks' creations at the recent Passion for Fashion event, held in conjunction with Wanakafest.

Showcasing our handmade belt buckles, handbag style magazine racks, various fire tools and accessories, plus an appearance by the D-Fa prototype dog, the three "metalworkers" strutted their stuff to industrial music on the Lake Wanaka Centre catwalk.
All items displayed during the evening are now available from our Gallery space at 54 Ballantyne Rd Wanaka or by mail/email order from metalworks@xtra.co.nz

Sorry - models (pictured above) not for sale. Look out for us again next year!

10 August 2009

Mid Winter Treats

Well, it's fire season for sure, so below we have a small selection of some of our products which can help you get through winter!

One of the best things about Winter is a warm open fire in the evening - especially if it is snowing outside!

One of the worst things about winter is lugging your firewood to feed the open fire! Well, tis the season to turn your wood-woes into wood-wows!

Flash up your fireplace with one of our copper wood bins - sturdy and practical and tidy and the copper adds a further touch of warmth, even when your fire is not going.

We can make these to custom size, so come and talk to us about what you require.


We have blogged about them before, but if you have an open fire (or a gas cooktop - not endorsing it but it has been done!) then a marshmallow toasting fork is really the best compliment - and a great way to keep those sugar levels up from a hard day on the slopes!

We only have a few of these left in stock (rather a popular time of year for these items!) but if you have a design in mind, or want us to make you one of our standard designs then come on in and see us. We can craft you a single poker right through to an intricate fireside set with poker, tongs, brush stand etc.

The photo below show a log rack with a pair of tongs and a poker.

Winter means long, dark evenings, and is quite often the time of year we notice (or at least use more) of our lighting.
Could you do with a bit of a makeover for your lights? Lamps to shades to custom chandeliers, if you can think it, we will try to reproduce it in metal!
Below is detail from a custom chandelier, the lightbulb fits inside the leaf pattern.

08 July 2009

Doggy Update - The Pack Has Arrived

As promised - some photos of the newly expanded
D-Fa Doggie Family

Standing to attention for D-Fa leader of the pack, Mark.

Keeping watch next to one of Ernie's sculptures
A fine looking pack!

03 July 2009

Precision Workmanship

Not to blow our own trumpet, but here is a big "tooot!" to Metalwork's own Ernie Maluschnig.

For the third year in a row, Ernie has won the "Riverhead Gold Cup" for precision smallbore rifle shooting.

With the following winning scores from a possible 200.20...
2007 198.7
2008 194.6
2009 198.12

...you can certainly see why Metalworks Wanaka is known for our precision workmanship!

Congratulations Ernie!

29 June 2009

It's A Dog's Life

Things have been moving and shaking here at the Metalworks workshop recently!
Our prototype dog (pictured below) has been a busy, busy boy. His full time occupation as a top model for d-fa dog equipment recently saw him cavorting in the good ole US of A, showing off the latest in d-fa developments.

Upon his return to New Zealand soil, he has been featured in the line ads of the Upper Clutha Messenger - "Spot The Dog" (if you could through all the fog recently!)

Now he would like to announce an expansion to his brood! Coming soon, Metalworks will house several new doggequins, which will help our prototype in representing the d-fa line. Stay tuned for an update on these fresh new faces - we will bring you pictures as they come to hand!

18 June 2009

Stainless Steel Menu Stand

Metalworks and DB Breweries have been collaborating on a joint venture recently. Ernie's brief was to design a functional menu stand distinctive enough to reflect several different brands.
The results: Monteiths, Tui, and Heineken branded stands in Stainless Steel or Rustic Style with our latest stand going to the newly opened Goode Brothers Bar in Botany Town Centre, Auckland.

The picture show a sample of one of the basic stands, prior to branding. Comes with "Flip Top Lid" (just like the Reach Toothbrush!) to easily fit the menu behind the glass and sturdy castors for easy relocation of the stand.

New Rack Card

As I heard someone say the other day, "a recession is the best time to market your business". Well we must be ahead of our time (this week!) as we have just launched our new rack card.

Available now for viewing in several local businesses, and also available from our workshop/gallery here at 54 Ballantyne Road, it gives an overview of just some of the services we offer - from art, to structural, to lighting, to aviation.
We quite often get asked "Metalworks, so what do you do?" Well now you know!

19 May 2009

The Mega Brazier

Just in time for the Arts Trail at the recent Festival of Colour, the boys at Metalworks created and unveiled what is now being dubbed the "Mega Brazier". This was tested (and tested well!) on the final day of the Festival, when Metalworks opened it's workshop to the public, showcasing recent works from our team plus sculpture by Ernie Maluschnig from our Gallery.

The brazier was alight throughout the day and once teamed up with our hand-forged marshmallow toasting forks, cranked out the most delicious toasted marshmallows...a fine and unexpected treat in the crisp and chilly autumn weather!

The Mega Brazier is now available for sale (as are our toasting forks), and currently on display outside our premises if you would like a closer look.

08 May 2009

Metalworks Teams Up With Trade Me

Metalworks are proud to now be part of the Trade Me community, with our first "internet" sale occuring last month.

From time to time we will be loading up some of our popular or more unique items for sale to the New Zealand (or indeed the International!) market. So log on and select us as a favourite seller so you are kept in touch with any new listing that occur.

We will also be blogging our new Trade Me listings so you can also keep informed that way.


Handcrafted Designer "Handbag" Magazine Rack
Go to Trade Me Auction (auction now closed)

Hand Forged Marshmallow Toasting Forks
Go To Trade Me Auction (auction now closed)

Unique Handcrafted
Metal Flower/Leaf
Chandelier (1 of a pair)
Go To Trade Me Auction
(auction now closed)

Happy Trading!