Spirit of Steel is a home-based industry inspired by the character and spirit of metal to create beautiful wall art as well as functional items such as key holders and specialized wall hooks for coats, jewelry, belts, garden and braai tools and many other uses. To compliment the metal work we also carry a range of home and garden décor to enhance your indoor and outdoor living.
My interest in drawing, creating, inventing, designing and building things started from a very young age and throughout my life I have been involved in various forms of artistic expression in a variety of mediums. Pen and ink drawing, oil pastels, air brushing and painting, sign writing, paving designing and photography are just some of the interests I have explored over the years.
My desire to create beautiful artworks from metal started back in the 70’s but only really manifested in 2013 when I was able to semi-retire. The concept of the wall hooks came about because we needed a key holder for our home. We weren’t able to find one that suited our needs so I designed and made the first one. Once I had made the jigs and acquired other necessary equipment it was easy to produce hooks in quantity and they became handy gifts for friends and family. The response was extremely encouraging and so the idea of designing and manufacturing different types of hooks for different purposes was born. We exhibited our product at the Shongweni Farmer’s Market to get feedback from the general public and we haven’t looked back. In fact, some of the designs evolved from the public asking for hooks for specific purposes.
All hooks are made from mild steel. After the laser cutting, bending and rolling process they are then sent for electro plating and powder coating
We are based in Pinetown and we exhibit every Saturday at the Shongweni Farmer’s Market with an online shop opening in the near future which can service orders from anywhere in South Africa. So far we know that our products have gone as far as Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London, Pietermaritzburg, Eshowe, Namibia, UK, Saudi Arabia, India and Germany.
We are in the process of creating a home shop where the products will be on display and people can drop in for a cup of coffee while they browse and place their order.
Although the hooks are designed and manufactured by me, the public have been very helpful in passing on their ideas and suggestions. My wife, Bev, trained at the Durban School of Art and she brings an artistic flair to the softer side of our indoor/outdoor décor range which also includes her beautiful decoupage items which add to our gift range.
We believe the future of Spirit of Steel lies in exposure on our Facebook page and our online shop where the public and traders from all over the country can browse at their leisure and have the convenience of safe online payments.