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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Art – Have you ever seen a metal fish with scales?  Well, as I strolled past SHOCK-N-AWE at the Spring Best of the Northwest 2013 show, I was sure the salmon on the wall was real!  Steve Nowicki, Owner and “welderguy” at Shock-N-Awe has a number of tricks up his sleeves when it comes to working metal.  Making realistic scales on silver and copper salmon wall sculptures is just one of them.

Steve lives and works on Whidbey Island.  He’s happy to report that his shop is about 50 feet from home. He smiles broadly as he explains how he can stay out there all day, dreaming and working on new designs. His moto is “Dream out loud.”  I guess in his studio he can make all the noise he wants.  

His art pieces range from garden trellises to welcome signs, crabs and a variety of beautiful salmon.  Steve has a wide selection of vases with long Pussy Willow branch-like structures coming up from the base.  Little buds grow along the branches like they were buds ready to burst forth with fuzz, yet you know it is not real.  The primary pieces are elegant and would be an eye catching central point in any room.

Steve’s variety of metal sculptures and art can be viewed on his website at  You can drop him a line at  or give him a call at 360-914-7336.

It would be worth your while to take a look at all of his beautiful art.  Order a crab or salmon for your wall, or a center piece for your dining room table.

Thanks so much, Steve, for taking time to show us around your shop.  I really appreciate the time you spent talking with me.

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