Curved handrail in stone steps

Here we followed the gentle curves of the stone steps with a conventional post-and-rail system. Protection from the coastal environment is provided with a POR-15 primer and a Rustoleum finish

Curved handrail in stone steps

Wave Art for Barn

Aluminum art for a galvanized barn

The client wanted an ocean wave on his galvanized barn, to bring the sea up to his mountain property.  We started from an enlarged  photograph of a painting, and transposed this via a grid onto a sheet of aluminum.  The individual parts were cut out with a plasma cutter and welded into workable sections, then painted and bolted into place.  Surf’s up!

Aluminum art for a galvanized barn

A touch of the ocean for a mountain retreat


Welcome to Cayucos

Welcome to Cayucos

Metal Signs Welcome You to Cayucos CA

Welcome to Cayucos metal signsThis was a fun one.  The Cayucos Chamber of Commerce had a decrepit wooden sign attached to the telephone poles outside of Cayucos to welcome people to our quaint beachside community.  The picture to the right is the sign on the outskirts of the south side of town – this sign is all stainless steel except for the blue cedar backdrop. The other image is on the north side of U.S. 1 entering Cayucos – it is fabricated from galvanized steel.

We cut the pieces with a plasma cutter and then fit each component with hoops and brackets to enable the shadow effect. Using a plasma cutter for creating metal designs is clean, effective and fast. Our sign clients, including the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce, have all been pleased with our metal signs and designs.

After 15 years, the paint was just recently re-done.  

My friend Alex Rios was the graphic artist, and Linda Brannock blessed us with her painting skills.

Metal Door Designs for Workshops

Entry Doors Metal Art

Metal Shop Door Design – Cayucos CA

Here’s the door to my metal working and welding shop in Cayucos, CA.  

Alex Rios, my compatriot of nearly a decade, designed and fabricated these. We cut the serpents and thunderbolts lengthwise from large diameter 14″ steel pipe. The metal design pieces are welded together and then bolted to the machine shop doors.

The picture you see here was taken 15 years after the decorative metal sculpture design was created and mounted on my shop doors in Cayucos.

Black Stainless Security Gates – Cayucos Residence

Black Stainless

Stainless Steel Security Gates for Cayucos Home

The owner of this home on Pacific Avenue in Cayucos asked us to manufacture and install some security gates. Keyed deadbolt locks provide the security, and the use of stainless steel would require power tools for a forced entry. Stainless steel is the best way to avoid rust streaks and deterioration, but even stainless requires preparation and painting, unless the natural tarnishing is OK.

The owner offered carte blanch on the design.  We opted to replicate the design on the wooden-and-glass entry doors for simplicity, and used 1″x1″ and 1″x2″ tubing to this effect. 

These gates have been in place for over a decade. If you need the security and beauty of custom security gates, give us a call at Beck’s Welding in Cayucos CA 805-995-1005.

New Stairs to the Beach (aka The Pink House)

Cayucos Beach Staircase

Replacing an old staircase from a Cayucos house down to the beach

An on-site stairs fabrication, with my welding shop close by, and all my portable welding gear in full swing. The California Coastal Commission regulations say an owner can’t wholly replace a stairway to the beach, instead the existing one must be repaired or abandoned altogether. [Read more...]

Metal Art for Entry Doors

Entry Doors Metal Art

Unique Metal Art for Cayucos Businesses & Homes

Alex Rios, my compatriot of nearly a decade, designed and fabricated these, cutting the serpents and thunderbolts lengthwise from large diameter pipe. This metal art is on the entry doors to Beck’s Welding shop. [Read more...]

Commissioned Yard Art – Cayucos CA


Giant Tulip Yard Art on East Side of Cayucos

This giant metal sculpture tulip has withstood 15 years of Cayucos seaside weather. The client wanted something big and unique for the front yard. [Read more...]

Spiral Stair

Spiral Stair

Spiral stairs are great for accessing different levels where space for a conventional stair system is dear.  Each stair is carefully designed for accessibility, top and bottom, and durability.  On the beach, where corrosion is such an issue, we opted for galvanized steel, which was then primed and painted.  A crane was used to lift the stair over the house and lower it into place.


Faux Copper Gate


This gate is galvanized, then treated to appear as weathered copper.  The  ”spinning orb” motif was co-designed with my friend Rick Mortimer.   You may see the zinc coming through as a white powdery substance, called “white rust”.  Marine environments are the most corrosive on the planet, but this gate has held its own for over 25 years.