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Artist House Tour: John Haley forges badass metal work in his Lakewood studio

John Haley's metal shop studio in Lakewood, CO
John Haley's metal shop studio in Lakewood, CO
John Haley III

Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

John Haley III is one interesting cat. His art-nouveau-inspired metalwork can be found in artsy homes all around the world. It can also be purchased at johnhaleyiii.blogspot.com or at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this weekend. You can see what we're talking about on the next few pages as we show his work displayed artfully throughout his midcentury-modern home in Lakewood. Read more to find out what inspires this fascinating metalworker.

See also: Artist House Tour: Featuring Mark and Kristen Sink

Fabulous metalwork by John Haley III.
Fabulous metalwork by John Haley III.
John Haley III

Westword: What's in your artist toolbox?

Haley: Pencils, paper, hammers, a power hammer, an anvil, a forge... Tons of other assorted devices. I also use a photocopy machine for a lot of my drawings and designs.

Haley displays his beautiful work at home.
Haley displays his beautiful work at home.
John Haley III
Haley's creative dining area in Lakewood.
Haley's creative dining area in Lakewood.
John Haley III
Haley's backyard skate ramp
Haley's backyard skate ramp
John Haley III
Skate ramp styling.
Skate ramp styling.
John Haley III

What's your neighborhood?

Morse Park neighborhood, near Colfax and Wadsworth in Lakewood.

What's your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

It's very quiet, especially considering how close it is to two major streets, which are highways.

Haley displays his metalwork at home.
Haley displays his metalwork at home.
John Haley III
Gorgeous metalwork against Haley's brightly colored interior wall.
Gorgeous metalwork against Haley's brightly colored interior wall.
John Haley III

Best local resource?

Thompson's Hobbies and Crafts. They have great art supplies, and I love the fact their signs are handmade and that they don't take credit cards.

Do you rent or own your home?

Rent.

What's the square footage?

It is 1,400; the studio is around 400.

Continue reading for more of Haley's house.

 

Eclectic ceiling canopy in Haley's home.
Eclectic ceiling canopy in Haley's home.
John Haley III
Artist lair.
Artist lair.
John Haley III

Do you create art at home?

Yes, I moved my studio into the garage in 2000. It can get pretty cramped when I've got a large project, but it's really ideal for generating my sculptures and furniture pieces.

Define your home's style?

Midcentury modern crossed with art nouveau.

Creative styling by Haley III.
Creative styling by Haley III.
John Haley III

What are you favorite artistic touches?

The openings in the opposing walls in the kitchen, which allow one to see entirely through the house, front to back.

Haley's favorite open space between his kitchen and living room.
Haley's favorite open space between his kitchen and living room.
John Haley III

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Haley forging in his garage studio.
Haley forging in his garage studio.
John Haley III

What inspires you about your home?

Simple architecture and solid construction.

What is your favorite piece of art?

Probably Chet Zar's "Gnashing of Teeth," or any of my paintings by Jesse Peper.

Art by Chet Zar, "Gnashing of Teeth," framed by Haley III.
Art by Chet Zar, "Gnashing of Teeth," framed by Haley III.
John Haley III
Art by Jesse Peper.
Art by Jesse Peper.
John Haley III

Have you had any design challenges?

Getting my organic pieces to fit with a very inorganic house is a challenge, but I think things coalesce pretty well. I like the juxtaposition.

What are your guests' reactions?

Some seem a little nervous, but people really like it for the most part. Most guests are my friends or clients, so they know what my work and tastes are like.

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Scrap steel used by Haley III for his metalwork.
Scrap steel used by Haley III for his metalwork.
John Haley III

Have you repurposed any materials in your home?

Just scrap steel. Ninety percent of the steel I use is scrap. The price of steel has more than doubled since I started, but it's still super-cheap for art material.

What's your favorite DIY project?

Probably the kitchen. My Dad and I redid it a few years ago, and it turned out really nice.

Did you indulge in any of your rooms?

That seems like a trick question. Most rooms incorporate a lot of my work, so that's pretty indulgent.

Haley displays his work throughout his Lakewood home.
Haley displays his work throughout his Lakewood home.
John Haley III

Best design advice?

Less is more, and study the Golden Ratio.

What's your favorite time of day to create?

Late morning to mid-afternoon for ironwork, evenings for drawing. Those hours are definitely reduced in the winter, though forging in the summer is brutal!

Creative materials in Haley's metal shop.
Creative materials in Haley's metal shop.
John Haley III

Do you have any creative organization tips?

No, but I could certainly use some.

Any challenges designing your studio? ?

I put in some effort in to lessen the sound of the power hammer escaping from the shop with moderate success. I'm just lucky to have neighbors who aren't bothered by the noise. I rarely run the power hammer outside of business hours.

What is your favorite studio feature?

The proximity to the house. Having 24-hour access to a blacksmith shop a few meters from the house is excellent. The power hammer is definitely a favorite feature inside the studio. It's nearly 100 years old and still works beautifully

When Jeanne isn't doing House Tours, she is blogging on how to create bohemian style with both vintage and recycled materials.



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