Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mason sculpture in its element

Well, here it is. Lots of nerves and help later, it's in place. Whew...

Mason sculpture Installed

OK, weatherman, you're the only job-holder allowed to be wrong 100% of the time and remain employed. You're saying it will be sunny and cool tomorrow, and you best be right...

Cuz I'm looking to install the long-awaited Mason sculpture. It looks great... wrapped in plastic in the shop, but it's time to settle in its new home and unveil it for the first time since the finishers completed it.

Ants in my pants?! Yes...

Proposal is a "NO"

Dammit, another negative on a sculpture proposal. What's going here?!
One deadline has been extended, so it's time to submit other ideas that didn't make the original proposal.

On positive note:  I was a close runner-up...again. Better than nothing though, cuz that goes on the resume. 'Loser' does not.


Time sure does fly. Where did the year go?!

This weekend is the big blacksmith conference in Troy OH, hosted by Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil. Super fun, educational, and a necessity if you need a tool - of any kind - especially if you don't know the name of it. Place is fee-nom-in-all!

Also, taking a load of historic wrought iron down to sell ($2/lb.). For you local folks, it's from the bridge in Maple Rapids that washed out in the flooding this spring. All proceeds benefit the historic metal conference at LCC (held each spring). If you want some before it goes, better let me know ASAP.


"...cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.” – Ray Lewis

This hit me between the eyes this morning. I've a had a blessed year, with four months still left, and I attribute being a bit pissed off as a prime contributor. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was sick of what-ifs, maybes, and regrets. It's hard to compete from the sidelines. Now, I'm in the arena kicking ass and having fun...

Scrapfest Sculpture Walking Tour

Hey friends, please help me support Old Town Lansing with this project. They deserve it!

Besides, they used a picture of my team's piece from 2012. That should be all the motivation you need! Do it, NOW!

Black Iron Days

Time for smoke, hot metal, and anvil music. Come up (or down, or over) to Grayling this weekend for some old fashioned fun. Lots of talent on display...


Saturday, August 17, 2013

WLNS - Article for Potter Park Zoo Project

More publicity, this time my creation is THE photo for the article... I feel a bit like a new papa.


Potter Park Zoo dedication

Here are some pictures of the sculpture dedication at Potter Park Zoo today. Notice that beautiful big cat getting attention!

Potter Park Zoo News - Fox 47

New proposal

uh-oh, another proposal came out - make that one submitted and THREE more to go. No rest for creative genius...


Not only do I make pretty things, I make useful things.
And I'm not talking only about my kids.

City of St. Johns proposal

St. Johns proposal submitted. Two more to go. Contract with Mason finally ready to be signed so work can start. Busy, busy. Gotta love it though!

Fire Pit Grill for the Family

Project from last weekend... My family is heading to a cabin (yes, without me - waaaaa) and needed cooking gear. Here's the adjustable, portable grill. Also made up/spruced up a variety of campfire tools too.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sphere - Job 1317

The other commission, a sphere, for my bestest client - Deborah Cholewicki Grove Gallery Co-op. Stop by and check out her work, it's awesome...

Garden dragonfly

Here's a dragonfly piece for my friend and supporter Kim Byerly...

Finished commissions

OK, after a week of family vacation and changes at the day job, finished up two commissions and have the column for the Mason job laying on the shop floor. Here we go...

City of Mason

OK, after a week of family vacation and changes at the day job, finished up two commissions and have the column for the Mason job laying on the shop floor. Here we go...


As promised, here's a quick pic of the decorative trellis. I'll get an installation pic in the future.

June 30th, 2013

Made up a decorative trellis for a client. Delivered it and we're waiting for her reaction once she's feeling better. I think she's going to like it, but I'm biased. Pics soon.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

City of Mason Sculpture

It's Official: the City of Mason has approved me to commence work on their monumental sculpture. A short deadline means time to buckle down and kick some metal ass...   http://mason.mi.us/

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Well, another fun weekend in Old Town Lansing!

Well, another fun weekend in Old Town Lansing! Festivals of the Moon and Sun were nice, as usual. Both the weather and the attendance was great.

Disappointed with results in ScrapFest judging, however I'm happy for Andy and his second place. We'll see about next year...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mobile ScrapFest 2013

Here's coverage of the mobile display for ScrapFest. My friend Barb narrates while the camera gets shots of the pieces - including our fish ladder.


Dace K-13 Metal Art in scrapfest Video

In case you missed it (which I did)...

[hey, that's me in the image below, which is about all you see of me in the video]

St Johns requests RFP - A new opportunity for our next sculpture.

St. Johns is one of the communities chosen for the next round of public sculptures. I hope my current success streak continues, it would suck not to get the hometown prize....


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New public sculpture for City of Mason

Yippee! Awaiting contact from the City of Mason, but this is too exciting to hold in. I've been selected by committee to create a public sculpture for them.

If you're curious you can watch the recommendation yourself on city council replay (http://www.mason.mi.us/3videostation.htm ~ Click on meeting June, 17th, 2013 then forward to 45:43min. mark).

Or, in short, it was an easy, unanimous decision. woo-hoo!

Final Journey on the road

Final Journey sculpture is on wheels today, tomorrow, and Thurday then back to Old Town with the others. 


#torchgrindwin #scrapfest2013 #oldtownscrapfest


Scrapfest this Friday and Saturday!

Get out there and support us artists. Taking scrap and turning into art is hard work. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it! ;)
June 21 at 6:00pm
Old Town
  • Dace N Koenigsknecht
  • Andrew D. Sandstedt
  • Jen Estill
  • Laura Heiler Wallis
  • Julie Boardwine Gill
  • Robin Robinson Kennedy
  • Kris Hartwick
Invite Friends · You're going

Monday, June 17, 2013

Exciting Announcement??? Watch and see!

I have reason to believe that an exciting announcement will be coming forth soon. What could it be faithful fans?!?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Final Journey - Scrapfest 2013

ScrapFest entry unveiled... Final Journey. Salmon swimming up a fish ladder. Lots of detail that you need to see to appreciate. Next weekend in Old Town Lansing.

Job well done "Iron in the Blood" team Dace K-13 Metal Art, Jeff Seeyle, and David K-13

Snow Leopard Installed

From sketch to completion. Another job well done... installation in the sensory garden inside potter park zoo tomorrow. 
Isn't she pretty?! Snow Leopard installed in its new home


Snow Leopard Completed

From sketch to completion. Another job well done... installation in the sensory garden inside potter park zoo tomorrow.  Visit the snow leopard at Potter Park Zoo.

Future home of the snow leopard

Future home of the snow leopard. Beautiful location.

Scrapfest teaser

Scrapfest teaser... What is it? An amphitheater for Barbie? A wall of rusty junk? Hmmmmm

Update! Whatta week

Whew. Whatta week! The end is in sight.

Scrapfest piece is nearly complete, and definitely a few notches above previous years.

Snow Leopard is drying and awaiting a Friday install. After countless hours, this piece is looking fantastic.

More updates (with pics) later in the week... Thanks fans.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Finally, thought this week would never end (desk job is M-Th). On vacation next week so now the real work begins...

Potter Park Zoo piece (Snow Leopard) is getting ready for installation next week - fingers crossed. Need to finish it up and clear coat it, so the stars should align any minute now ?!?!?

At the same time ScrapFest is happening. Thankfully the team is progressing nicely without me right now. It's due next Friday AM.

If anyone needs me before then, you'll find me in my shop under all the dust and debris of artistic genius...

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Happy Customer

Doreen Gallagher Baker
Dace K-My new bottle trees . Made by my good friend Dace Koenigsknecht. .... Dace K-13 Metal Art.

Love it, another happy customer. Doesn't get much better than that...Thanks Doreen


Scrapfest Video

YES!!! Another goal - make it into a ScrapFest video - CHECK! Awesome...
Thanks to Old Town Lansing, Such Video, and my friend Brittney Hoszkiw for everything!


Scrapfest update

Come on down to Old Town Lansing June 22-23 to see the true value of scrap metal.

2014 Old Town ScrapFest - We're In! Team: Iron in the Blood

My dad and I will be joined this year by Jeff Seelye, who finally relented to my constant nagging to get involved. Now he better bring his A-game or else... :)


Scrapfest 2013

Oh, and don't forget that Old Town Lansing's ScrapFest starts this Saturday with our hour in the scrapyard. Clear the calendar... and the shop floor - ScrapFest is here!

City of Mason Project

The sculpture proposals for the City of Mason have been whittled down and recommendations submitted to City Council. They are supposed to take the issue up at their mid-June meeting. The wait continues.

One down, one to go, three on the horizon...


Yippee. Sold two spheres last weekend at Crooked Tree Nursery. Hopefully this gets the ball rolling (haha - sphere... ball...). I kill myself.

DeWitt Project update

Bummer. I came in second for the gateway sculpture project in DeWitt Township. Really happy to be a finalist.

The Township Manager said the two of us were even and the decision was very difficult. The committee felt I had the most integrated overall design, and they were impressed with my presentation. He called me to tell me this because a letter just wouldn't do. Can't ask for more than that!

DeWitt Township Project

Friday was the deadline for final proposals to DeWitt Township. Whew, that was a lot of work and I don't even have the job. Decision next month...
In the meantime, work on the Potter Park sculpture will commence. Need to move it along before ScrapFest starts June 1.

Blacksmith Demonstration at Crooked Tree Nursery

To celebrate Mother's Day and gardening we did a Blacksmith Demonstration at our preferred landscaping company. Dace made a day lily for the gentleman in the picture.  We have items for sale at the nursery. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

River Respite

Dace K-13 Metal Art sculpture "River Respite" was installed downtown Tecumseh yesterday. Take a look some time.

Midwest Sculpture Initiative

Visit Dace K-13 Metal Art website for more information

Lions Club for Potter Park Project

Visited my first Lions Club (http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/lansinghost/index.php) luncheon yesterday for a contract signing regarding their Sensory Garden project. Got to meet the other artists creating sculptures for the garden. What a great project to be part of.

Dace K-13 Metal Art
More good news: "River Respite" was selected for a one year exhibition in Tecumseh. Hey! Delivery in a couple of weeks, so this weekend means time spiffing it up!
River Respite - Available for purchase or lease

Scrapfest 2013

OH BOY!! It's almost time for ScrapFest in Old Town Lansing... LOVE IT!
Download the Scrapfest 2013 Artist Entry Packet! http://www.oldtownscrapfest.com/

Under the "how to apply" tab you will find the application link. We cannot wait to see what you guys come up with.

We wouldn't oppose a sculpture of the beautiful OTCA interns ;)

Potter Park Project

Ever wonder what a metal sculptor, that can sketch but not draw, does when such skills are required? After tracing onto plywood, here I'm cutting out the legs of a leopard for an upcoming sculpture commission.

Potter Park Project

Dace K-13 Metal Art

Falling in Love

Darn! Received notification today that this piece was not accepted into the show. I think it's great, so I'll be watching what they did accept...

Falling in Love

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Article

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Finalist Twice

Can you say finalist?!?! Twice?!?!?!?! Yeah, that's right! Waiting for notification on one decision, and the other called for an interview next week. Rock on, this art stuff is fun...

Dace K-13 Metal Art Idea Book

Hey fans, check out my new publication. It's a do-it-yourself, selected portfolio that (hopefully) shows off a little of what we do... Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome. Thanks for all your support!!

Dace K-13 Metal Art Idea Book

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013