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The Wooden Anvil

Metal Work and Custom Sculpting

Bringing Ideas to Life

I’m Richard Van Heuvelen. For over four decades, metal has been my preferred medium for creative expression. With my metal work, I bring ideas to life and make visions become reality. No matter how big or small, I can help you with your project.

About Richard Van Heuvelen

My journey as a metal sculptor started in 1978 at the young age of 18 years old when I began working with renowned artist Bill Lishman. Soon I was delving into many varied projects with an emphasis in metal sculpture. It was not long before I was left on my own and very quickly developed my own unique skills as well as my own way of doing metal work.

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Metal Work Services

All of my projects are custom-built, catered to my clients’ needs. I have done metal work on a large variety of projects over the years for many different people, companies, non-profits, movies, exhibits, and governmental organizations. From a life-sized giraffe or a 13-meter high iceberg to a baby whooping crane or a small rose, my work is diverse, vibrant, life-filled, and most importantly, unique.

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Metal Work Gallery

Here is some of my metal work from over the years.

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Introducing the Redesigned Wooden Anvil

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Change is in the air at The Wooden Anvil, and we couldn't be more thrilled to unveil our revamped website! Led by the guiding hands of Richard Van Heuvelen, a…
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Client Testimonials

“I do believe that Richard Van Heuvelen is the best metal sculptor artist in the world. The photo just does not do it justice. It is so incredibly anatomically accurate and he is somehow able to capture animation and expression in an inanimate metal object.”

Chris GulliksonClient