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Hand-Crafted Steel Art and Public Sculpture

“When do you want it?” my father used to ask me each summer, referring to the one week of free time I would be allotted, either at the beginning or end of each summer break. A naval architect and owner of the Vega Marine boat yard in Long Beach, CA, my father was a direct, laconic man who valued hard work above all else. And for most of each summer, he enlisted my help around the shop.

Each year I mastered a new craft in the business, from rough carpentry to finish carpentry, fiber glassing and mold making, mechanical and hydraulics to electrical wiring. Behind all the work was my father’s firm belief that with a sound set of skills, I could make my own future.

And then, one summer, came the feel and finish of metal. The instant I was exposed to welding and machining, I realized where I was comfortable. There was a precision to the work and material that I found nowhere else. And better yet, there was the sense that once the work was done it was indeed done.

Both of my parents emigrated from Germany in 1965. My mother stayed home in Redondo Beach, CA, during my childhood, but equally pushed the value of hard work in an effort to steer my brother and I toward a better life. Case in point: it wasn’t uncommon to find my brother and I combing the yard before dawn, looking for dog droppings by flashlight. No rest for the weary, the neighbors might have said. No work for the lazy was more akin to my parents’ belief…and we were lucky to have parents that instilled such an ethic.

Making my way into the world, I completed a Mechanical Engineering program at California State University, Long Beach. I would continue to learn valuable lessons about steel early in my professional career—working with modern spectacles of art and design as a vintage car restorer with McCluskey Ltd., and mastering the finer points of structural engineering as a structural steel and pressure vessel designer. Finally, I decided to set up shop for myself.

I’m a father now with two boys, five and eight years old, and my beautiful wife, Alma, of more than ten years. I’m a family man first, but as my boys are learning their way around my shop, I’ve developed a newfound respect for the myriad lessons I learned at their age.
The words “When do you want it” don’t refer to summer break anymore. They refer to a deeper hunger, and commitment—to create work that I truly believe in. Work that is deliberate, timeless and perfect. I love my work and have made a personal promise to myself to only create work that honors the skill, craftsmanship, artistry and work ethic that was passed on to me.

From start to finish, Patrick Vogel Creates, Designs, Fabricates, Installs.

 

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5 Reasons to consider Patrick Vogel Designs

 

  • Hand picked for the Boeing Project from over 515 candidates
  • Over seventeen years in business with no litigation or disputes
  • Fully insured contractor
  • Patented Designer: View my Patent Here
  • Owner of 3 Registered Trademarks

A FEW OF OUR CLIENTS

 

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Bill Viola Architecture
  • Gensler Architecture
  • Public Corporation for the Arts, City of Long Beach
  • California Department of Transportation
  • City of Seattle, Washington
  • Paramount Studios
  • City of Avalon, California
  • Howard Hughes Center
  • Meyers, Houghton & Partners (MHP)
  • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Boeing Corporation
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • City of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • US Coast Guard
  • Ware Malcomb
  • Long Beach Fire Department
  • Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

 

“When do you want it?” My father used to ask me each summer, referring to the one week of free time I would be allotted. I could take it at the beginning or end of each summer break. A naval architect and owner of Vega Marine boat yard in Long Beach, California, my father was a direct, iconic man who valued hard work above all else. For most of each summer, he enlisted my help around the shop. – Patrick Vogel

 

Thank you for considering Patrick Vogel Designs for your detailed art project.

Patrick Vogel Designs | Fine art crafted from metal
3180 East Willow Street Signal Hill, CA 90755 | Phone 562.426.9940 | Fax 562.427.5142 | Email info@patrickvogel.com