Photos by Hillary Ehlen
Metal artist Brock Davis started welding in high school and is now making his dreams of bringing his artistic side to life a reality.
Born and raised in Dickinson, North Dakota, Davis had spent much of his professional career welding out in the oil fields before moving his family to Fargo in 2015. Despite having a welding job in a new city, creating art was always in the back of his mind. Davis started his full-time company, Davis Designs, less than a year ago in February 2017.
“When we moved to Fargo, the job that I was at wasn’t really going anywhere for me, so I took the plunge because I said, ‘What’s it gonna hurt?’” said Davis. “It was getting a little overwhelming trying to have a job and do creative projects on the side and still find time for family. I just had to commit to it to see where it would go.”
His list of skills and abilities is hard to pinpoint because he’ll tell you that he can “really do anything with metal.” It might be furniture pieces, lighting, signage, benches, home décor, commission projects and anything in between, but what he really loves to create is sculptures of all sizes and shapes. Being able to express himself through his artwork was what he’s wanted to do all along, and that’s exactly why he took the steps to pursue Davis Designs full-time.
“I pretty much just see these creations in my head and try to bring them to life. I don’t know how it happens really, but this is how I express myself,” said Davis. “And I always want to bring other people’s ideas to life. I can really do anything with metal. It’s hard to describe the business as, ‘Well, we just do sculptures,’ because it’s more than that. It’s brackets, lights and the manufacturing side of it… anything metal, basically.”
Equipped with a specialty CNC Plasma Table and plenty of welding gear, Davis currently makes everything out of his garage in South Fargo. But he knows that the near future will require him to find a bigger shop space to make his art larger than life.
Aside from doing commissioned work, you can find Davis’ pieces at The Red Silo in Downtown Fargo and through Dakota Timber, but he also sells through his website. As far as the future goes for Davis, his business is new, thriving and he’s “up for anything.”
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- “Anything involving metal.”
- Custom metal-work/commission pieces
- Furniture legs and pieces
- Sculptures and art
- Fire pits/fire rings
- Light fixtures