Regular visitors to the blog will know that we sponsor Yorkshire Sculpture Park. By providing materials to the park and the various programmes they run, we’re supporting them in inspiring more people to think of metal and sculpture, differently.
To kick off the collaboration we partnered with leading metalwork artist, Brian Fell, to host a two-day workshop. Together with his colleague, Owen Cunningham, Brian shared his passion and experience with 15 enthusiastic participants over the course of a weekend.
The workshop group was made up of people with all levels of experience. Using metals in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses – all provided by Metals4U – everyone was encouraged to express themselves by creating pieces from this most versatile of materials.
Brian and Owen were on hand to demonstrate the tools and the techniques they use to ensure everyone learnt something valuable – as well as a few tricks of the trade!
The response from attendees was fantastic and we look forward to the next event.
We’re always looking for ways to support initiatives that have a real impact on the community, that’s why we’re proud to announce our new partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They challenge, inspire and delight 400,000 visitors a year, including 48,000 learning visits. If you want to see metal used in an innovative way, this is the place to go. They’ve won heaps of awards for their beautiful exhibitions set in picturesque Yorkshire – and it’s easy to see why.
Photo courtesy of http://www.ysp.co.uk/
The first project we’ll be supporting will be leading metalwork artist Brian Fell’s workshops this autumn. He’ll be running a two day course at YSP with his colleague Owen Cunningham, presenting metal as a versatile and creative material.
The workshops are designed to meet all levels, attendees will see metals in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses. With sheet steel and steel bars, round and square, there’s plenty of opportunities for participants to gain new skills and grow their creativity.
In his sculptures Brian uses cold forging, where the metal isn’t heated but cut and welded, then shaped with hammers or vices. It makes for beautifully intricate detailing and intriguing shapes. During the course, Brian will share his extensive knowledge on the history of sculpture and techniques in cold and furnace forging. There’ll also be a demonstration of tools, machines and what they can achieve.
Metals4U’s Wetherby branch will be supplying all the metal for these workshops and look forward to seeing the creations that come out of it. To hear more about what’s on at YSP including this workshop, keep your eye on the website: http://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/this-season
With the brakes oiled, the metal polished and the fake beards on, Metallicar – our very first soapbox, was ready to rock and roll at the annual Wicksteed Park Soapbox Derby last Saturday.
Starting from 10.15am at the park in Kettering, Northamptonshire we lined up with the others for cart inspection. We saw everything from a cheese wedge car to those racing for local charities, and even met a Stormtrooper!
The Soapbox Derby runs over an inclined course with a left hand bend at the bottom. It starts at the speed hump outside the old Golf House, next to the campsite and runs down the hill towards the Hexagon Café.
We were 12th in line to race out of 50 cars with Director Fred Rowlands in the driver’s seat. By 2.30pm we were ready and raring for our first run down. With the crowds cheering us on, we gave our cart a big push and watched it speed off down the hill. Fortunately we won’t be making it onto the ‘soapbox fails’ video with a smooth run from start to finish.
When the results came in at the end of a wonderful day, we finished in a very respectable 13.82 seconds – only two seconds off the fastest pace! This put us 20th out of 50 cars, great for our first race. Big congratulations to the winning team ‘Postbox Mario’.
We had a fantastic time at Wicksteed Park and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved! We’re already really excited for our next big race at The Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby on the 25th. Make sure you check back in to see how we get on.
With only a few days to go we’re doing our last bit of fine tuning to get our very first ever entry, Metallicar ready for the Summer’16 Soapbox Challenges. We’re making our debut in two crazy races. The first one is this Saturday 18th June, at Wickstead Park and if we survive it, there’s one the following Saturday 25th at the lively Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby.
The team is hoping to take one of the coveted trophies home for a number of competitive titles ranging from Most Innovative Design, to Best Turned Out Crew and Fastest Single Run Of The Day.
Our car is expertly crafted from our own metals and handmade in the true Soapbox tradition. Powered by nothing but a big sturdy push at the start, gravity and a little prayer. Thank fully one of the rules is that we have a fully working brake to at least two wheels. We’ve designed our car with a minimal, robust yet sleek look, hopefully to protect our driver and gain as much momentum as we can. Though we’ve seen creativity at its best in flying beef burger carts, crazy horses and even Tutankhamun’s cask.
Take a look at our top secret video of the Metals4U team in action! We think we’re on track to do pretty well for our first attempt. In fact, after a few practise runs in Metallicar and we’re pitching our luck at stealing pole position!
Keep an eye out to see how we get on over the next few weeks…and wish us lots and lots of luck.
Since our first physical store opened back in October we’ve had plenty of you come to visit. Our Wetherby branch offering has made it even more convenient for people to find the metal materials they’re looking for, and we love hearing all the positive feedback from both the trade and the public.
Making sure we have a vast range of materials in stock to suit any project, no matter the size and scale, is something we take seriously. To make life even easier for our customers to find what they need, we’ve expanded and grown the range of products available in store.
We’re happy to announce we’ve added big brands like Faithfull tools and Dewalt drill bits to our store. While also expanding on best-selling ranges: Weldability, GYS, Snickers and Dickies workwear.
You can still visit us six days a week in store at: Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, LS22 7DN. Take a sneak peak below at the shop floor hosting our new product ranges, along with some of the custom built stands made especially for the store.
Ever since Charlie Chaplin graced cinema screens in ‘Kid Auto Races at Venice’ in 1914, the Soapbox Derby has been part of American culture. The first official race on record ran in 1934 in Dayton, Ohio. It was originally a competition where young boys built makeshift buggies from scratch to see which could cross the finish line in the fastest time. It played on a fascination with flashy cars and ultra-fast speed records, even if some were fuelled by gravity!
At its peak in the 1960s there were upward of 20,000 kids in 250 clubs across America taking part. It wasn’t long before the phenomenon took the world by storm. The Akron All American Soap Box Derby plays host to more than 550 youngsters each year from all over the US as well as Canada, Germany, Japan and New Zealand.
In the UK the Red Bull Soapbox Race takes the crown, with more than 100 races around the world since the very first was held in Brussels back in 2000. Homemade Soapboxes range from gorgeous classic car replicas to Red Bull cans, burritos and Pac-Man themed contraptions. As well as being wildly competitive it’s also hugely entertaining. Take a look at our video of the best Soapbox crashes over the years:
Here at Metals4U we’re all huge fans of the Soapbox Derby, and the way customers use our products to create the fantastic vehicles taking part. We’re getting creative and making our very own cart to be entered in the Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby on Saturday the 25th June. Keep your eyes on our blog to track our progress and be sure to come out and see us put the pedal to the metal on the day!
Our competition winners join Stephen for a tournament to remember.
It’s not every day you get to play darts against a former world champion, but for five lucky Stephen Bunting fans we made it happen! On the 28th February we welcomed Stephen and our lucky competition winners at the Wetherby Metals 4 U branch to throw some darts and have some fun!
After a spot of lunch and a meet and greet with the man himself, Ryan Matthews, Adam Naylor and his son Tai, Gary Williams and his son Lewis, got to ask Stephen any burning questions they had before putting him through his paces with an exciting afternoon of darts.
First up was Ryan Matthews, who started off slow but brought it back hitting an impressive 180! Next up it was Adam Naylor, it was a close call but the MC’s word was final with Stephen announced as the winner. Closely followed by Lewis Williams, definitely a champion in the making with a sneaky 180 straight in. Stephen was hanging his head in shame after a 2-0 defeat, well done Lewis!
Next we had Tai Naylor who got us all biting our nails holding Stephen to the closest match yet. Finally Gary Williams wrapped up the competition, but unfortunately didn’t have the same luck as 9 year old Lewis and walked away with a loss after hitting 141 vs Stephen’s 180.
With some group photos taken, Stephen signed some dart boards for our youngest winners and gave out some booby prizes too! Definietly an afternoon to remember, many thanks to all involved for making it so enjoyable!
The World Darts Championship is over and we couldn’t be prouder of Stephen ‘The Bullet’ Bunting. He played a great first round with a 3-0 win over German player Jyhan Artut. And although he was knocked out in the second round, his opponent- the very experienced Raymond Van Barneveld reportedly said “he hit so many 180’s, I think I’m the lucky one tonight!”
In fact, he hit 15 180’s and topped the leader board with the most amount of maximums. It was only some huge checkouts from Van Barneveld that outshined his fantastic performance. He’s come away positive after an amazing experience, ready for the year ahead.
We thought we would kick off the New Year in style, and launch a competition for some lucky Stephen Bunting fans to come down to Metals4U Wetherby and play darts against the man himself. It will all happen on Thursday 28th January at midday.
All you have to do is copy family guy Stephen’s lead and shoot a short video of you doing the ‘Surfin’ Bird’ dance. Tweet it to us @Metals4U or post it on our Facebook page and we will pick our five favourite entries to win – competition ends 12pm Thursday 21st January & winners announced Friday 22ndJanuary.
Check out Peter… I mean Stephen’s video below:
T&C’s * All winners must be available on 28/01/2016 and be able to provide their own transport to Metals4U located in Wetherby * Subject to conditions, the competitions winners are entitled to a plus 1 guest * All competition rules and regulations are at the discretion of Metals4U and are subject to change at any time *
There’s excitement in the air here at Metals4U! The William Hill World Darts Championship is finally here and everyone’s rooting for our new sponsorship Stephen Bunting in his upcoming match. The nail biting darts competition will start on the 17th December, with the winner being announced 3rd January. The action starts at Alexandra Palace, London and will be airing on the Sky Sports Darts channel.
It seems we’re not the only ones backing Stephen to top the charts in the competition this year. St. Helen’s legend, comedian Johnny Vegas was on hand to give him a pep talk to show his support and we couldn’t agree more:
“If I see you a year from now and you’re not holding a trophy, we’re going to fall out. None of that ‘oh it wasn’t my day’- make it your day. I know what you’re capable of.”
Here at Metals4U, apart from metal of course, there’s nothing we love more than a day at the darts. So when we were looking for someone to sponsor it was clear to us who to target! We’re very happy to announce our new partnership with up and coming darts player Stephen Bunting.
A family guy from Liverpool, this English darts player is one to watch. He’s quickly grown into a tour favourite and is described by some as a rising star. Nick named ‘The Bullet’ he always hits his target and has the trophies to prove it!
Winner of the British Teenage Open and the World Youth Masters at the age of just 15, he’s now competing in tournaments worldwide against some of the best in the business. Most recently he’s added World Masters Winner 2012, England Open Winner 2013, Mariflex Open Winner 2013 and UK Open Qualifier Winner 2014 to his extensive list of achievements in the darts world.
We couldn’t wait to get him in the Metals4U store and give him a taste of who we are and what we stand for. A great day for all involved. We also had a special surprise for Stephen, we introduced him to his Metals 4 U doppelganger Shane! Take a look at the photo we snapped of the two stood side by side!
He’s very well respected in the world of darts and by those here at Metal’s4U. Many have tipped him to win the World Championship in the next few years and we’re proud to say we will be there to support him all the way!