kustom steel is karl saar
I forge, fabricate and carve metal.
I draw inspiration from nature, pop culture,
or simply a found metal part.
Most of my work is representational,
usually figurative or inspired by some other natural element.
I spent a long time working on building my skills and technique
without too much concern about the content.
That pursuit has led me to creating sculpture that looks cast,
but has been produced through welding and grinding.
The difference in working directly in the steel versus clay
is the limits the steel puts on me.
Those limits often become paths to a solution
I wouldn’t have originally intended,
but make the piece far more appealing.