Early in the Summer of 2017, Buctel was approached by a long-time client to polish a 24’ x 20’ water-jet cut stainless steel figure, made of up 9 pieces, that would make up the face of the Honorable Martin Luther King Jr. Over the course of 2 weeks, the tribute to the famous Civil Rights leader was completed and shipped off to its final destination, a recreational facility in the South.
In March of 2008, Buctel Metal Finishing was subcontracted to perform the finishing on the stainless steel benches that make up the memorial outside of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Within 2 years, the benches were created, and honored were the 184 mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters, coworkers, flight crew, friends, and patriots aboard hijacked American Airlines Flight 77.
A long-time client, artist, and friend of Buctel Metal runs a gallery in the greater Chicagoland area. The gallery’s antiquarian aesthetic calls for dark browns, bronze, and aged brass. Our initial meeting with the client was to get a clear understanding of the look they wanted to achieve. Once that was done, we relayed the information to our team who knew exactly how to deliver. The water-jet cut perforated bronze panels were delivered to us the next day, bare and hot.