heavy light works
Tim’s passion for metal art started at the age of seventeen when he wanted to go to art school but turned to sheet metal work instead. He found himself in an apprenticeship in sheet metal work which he finished early, at the top of his class and earning an overall achievement award. Since then he has had the opportunity to work in many different shops on both coasts of United States. Tim has worked on the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle Center, from new home construction to the City of Langley, Washington streets. Tim’s true passion is found in the creation of neon lighting which is displayed on numerous storefronts in the City of Langley. In 2016, Tim opened the Machine Shop Arcade to provide a family friendly environment where vintage pinball and arcade games can be played with a gallery to showcase his lighting creations.
Brendan McHugh has worked as a full-time blacksmith/ fabricator since 2004. Is a graduate of the Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson, BC. He has appeared on “Forged in Fire” on the history channel. Some of the projects he created on Whidbey Island include public and private art installations in New York, Washington DC and Washington State, as well as residential work across the Pacific Northwest.
Tom, aka Dr. Neon, found his love of neon signs at a young age when traveling on Route 66. Tom spent hours mesmerized by the “magical” glow of the motel, diner and gas station signs. When his family finally settled close to “motel row” where neon was prevalent, he started photographing and studying the art. Tom found himself studying under the masters in creating neon art. As an apprentice, he learned the art of glasswork, engineering, design, metalwork, electrical wiring, sign painting and more. Since completing his apprenticeship, he has worked as a production glassblower, fabricator, and installer before opening his own neon company. Tom has manufactured wholesale neon and restored antique and collectible signs as well as created “period correct” signs for film, television, and stage. He has also trained several apprentices in the neon art field.