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We are a New England studio creating custom metalwork for commercial, public, and residential applications.  Vexed Metal is dedicated to providing quality forged and fabricated work ranging from architectural railings and furniture to home goods and jewelry.

We can repair almost anything, except broken hearts

We work with clients to design a wide range of custom metalwork

We specialize in custom and site-specific metal work.


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Our principal metalsmith, April Franklin has over 25 years of experience with metal and construction methods. From working on maintaining large scale outdoor pieces to producing one of a kind interior architectural pieces and following her own passion for pattern welded steel, April has a wealth of experience with a wide range of materials. She has taught at the Penland School of Crafts in N.C., Peters Valley School of Crafts in Layton, NJ and the SMFA@Tufts in Boston, MA.

Our Principal Fabricator, Brian Dowling has over 15 years of metal working experience. He holds a degree in sculpture from Maryland Institute, College of Art. With experience in metal fabrication, foundry processes, metal finishing, large scale sculpture fabrication, transportation and installation, his clients include professional artists, commercial clients such as restaurants and stores, furniture makers and lighting manufacturers. Brian was the Studio Manager and Associate Director of the Steel Yard in Providence Rhode Island for 7 years, where he also taught classes in sculpture and introduction to metal working. He also has an active artistic studio practice with a focus in stone carving.

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