I’ve explored working with many different materials over the past few decades, but my discovery of the wonders of aluminum as an art medium has now eclipsed what came before.

Sea Dance, a life-sized aluminum loggerhead sea turtle sculpture by David L. AshenbrenerThere is an inherent joy in working with metal sheet, perhaps derived from my childhood experiences working with my father and grandfather in an industrial capacity. Among the many ferrous and non-ferrous metals I have worked, aluminum stands out as a very versatile medium. The sculptural techniques I employ use no machinery. In repoussé, the artwork is hammered into relief from the reverse side. While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, a technique known as chasing is used to refine the design on the front side of the work by sinking the metal.  I also handform copper in a similar manner.

You can see examples in my portfolio…