Q&A with Ron Doetzel, owner of Metal Art By Ron

What got you interested in creating things out of metal?
I wanted to give homemade gifts to friends and family.

How long have you been doing this?
I sold my farm in 2011, moved to Webster and didn’t know what I was going to do with my time. A lady at Teepee Creek landfill said to me, “Now that you are retired and making crafts, why don’t you come to our Christmas sale at Bezanson?” Ever since then, I never looked back. I have to thank Diane for the nudge in that direction.

What tools do you use for your creations?
I use a press drill, cut-off saw, grinders and sanders.

Wine bottle holder

Where do you find your inspiration?
I had to find something to do to keep my wild imagination going.

How long does it take you to make a creation?
Length of time to make a creation varies from 2-3 hours to two days.

What items do you enjoy making most?
I like to make shoe horns and anything that challenges my creativity and imagination.

Are your creations mostly decorative or do you make items that are to be used as well?
My creations usually are functional as well as decorative, but most of them are to be used.

How heavy can some of your creations get?
My planters and boot pullers would be the heaviest.

Suppose you are working on something, and it’s not turning out the way you like, can you re-use that metal or do you need to start over?
One of the reasons I really like working with metal is if something is too long, I can just cut it off and start over. With wood, it is not that easy to do that.

Pumpkin ornament

When you are not working with metal, are there other items you try your hand at?
I used to work with wood to make smaller crafts like Welcome Signs.

Do you have a workshop?
Yes, and it is full of inventory, not junk, just waiting for me to create something new out of it.

Where do you sell your finished pieces?
I sell my finished goods at Manning and High Prairie Gun Shows, farmers’ markets, and Christmas sales at Grande Prairie, Webster, Rycroft and Spirit River.

What are your bestsellers?
My bestsellers are shoe horns, flower planters, clocks made from traps, cookbook holders, Banana trees, Wiener sticks, and boot pullers.

What else do you enjoy doing in your down time?
Chase wolves. I am too old to chase women. I still have a trap line, and I spend a lot of time there.