MODERN DAY ALCHEMY
BALTIMORE WROUGHT IRON WELDING AND FABRICATING
We have driven past it many times and always wondered what goes on inside, so we decided to check it out. Welcome to Baltimore Wrought Iron Welding and Fabricating, a magical place where mere metal comes to life in unexpected ways.
Chris Papizzo, the owner of Baltimore Wrought Iron Welding and Fabricating learned the trade from his father, also a metal worker. By the age of 6, he had begun fabricating. His metal working skills and a passion for welding and fabrication grew with him into adulthood, where he had many jobs working for others. But when Chris was laid off from a job, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and open his own metal working business. Shortly after that, his employer called him back to work - but it was too late – Chris had begun working for himself and was loving it.
For the past 16 years Chris has been fabricating, repairing and crafting from metal at his shop in Baltimore, Ontario. Housed in what was originally an auto repair shop for Model T Fords, he gave us a brief tour and showed us where the original earthen pits for mechanics were dug under the floorboards of the shop. Today those pits are safely covered over with giant metal plates – fitting for a metal working shop. Chris keeps his shop immaculately clean and well organized with various sized wrenches and clamps and hammers hanging from the sides of his large metal work table. Pulleys and hooks and assorted tools hang from the walls. A metal lathe stands against a side wall. A large anvil stands to the side. In short, the shop is something most guys would dream of.
Speaking with us, Chris explained that he can repair just about anything made of metal. He has just about seen it all. While we were there he was repairing an antique wrought iron fountain which had fallen apart from too many years outside. But he can just as easily repair the frame or other metal pieces off a riding lawn mower or ATV. As he told us, just about anything in metal that you can dream up, he can create – whether it is a custom plant stand or wrought iron fencing or a windmill or a bistro table. He does it all.
He showed us two very heavy and wonderfully unique steel “treasure chests”, lined in red velvet, that he recently made for his grandchildren. Chris said that he loves when people come to him with a custom request to make something they have not been able to find anywhere else. Being able to turn someone’s vision into a reality can be both challenging and immensely satisfying.
I greatly admired a kinetic art rooftop windmill that Chris has mounted to the roof the shop. He showed us another windmill he created that he asked us not to photograph. He has been honing and refining it for 6 years, but feels that it is not quite right yet, so he did not want it showcased. As a gifted artist, Chris is also a perfectionist.
Talking with Chris, who is both friendly and helpful, it is evident that he is passionate about what he does, and dedicated to his unique craft, using his remarkable skills to repair and fabricate wrought iron and other metal objects. Baltimore Wrought Iron Welding and Fabricating is home to a modern day alchemist....
BALTIMORE WROUGHT IRON WELDING & FABRICATING
4890 COUNTY RD 45,
TEL: (905) 373-0652