Men of Steel
Matt Risinger, Bob Howell, Luke Thomas Gaffney, and Josh Turner design and fabricate architectural metalwork at Risinger & Co., a custom home-building outfit in Austin.
Austin is home to a lot of excellent architects and builders. Risinger & Co. is one of those builders, and they’re carving out a specialty in custom architectural metalwork. Read their story and their advice for getting started with steel in issue #270 of Fine Homebuilding. And view the slideshow below to meet the team and see some of their work.
Matt Risinger is the CEO & Chief Builder at Risinger & Co. and is building a team that can make just about anything out of steel. Photo by Joan Brooke.
Bob Howell is a project Manager at Risinger & Co. and is responsible for engineering the details and processes for much of the company's architectural metalwork.
Luke Thomas Gaffney is the welding foreman at Risinger & Co. He trained with Lincoln Electric and cut his teeth welding pipelines.
This lift-and-slide patio door is one of the most impressive fabrications from Risinger & Co. The large expanse of glass offers a view to the steel pergola outside—also custom built by the team.
The homeowners' desire to use a custom piece of glass with the Ferrari logo in their garage doors inspired the team to fabricate custom steel entry doors for this house.
This wood-capped balustrade was fabricated on site by the Risinger & Co. team.
A steel balustrade offers the necessary protection for this balcony without obstructive the view of the living room below.
Window shading is critical in the hot Texas sun. Matt’s crew made custom awnings and porch roofs for this house from simple bar stock and tube steel.
Made from big sheets of steel, these planters are a simple project that would be a perfect way for a novice welder to practice.
Josh Turner had no welding experience when Matt hired him as a laborer for one of the company’s two steel crews. Today he’s one of the lead welders, tackling projects like this steel fence.
Steel is a great material for creating a modern, industrial look, which was the goal for this exterior stair leading to an apartment above a garage.