Dennis the Dragonfly

To grow his business, Kurt spent time exhibiting at craft shows and wanted a statement piece to attract attention. He decided to sculpt a magnificent dragonfly, and Dennis was born! Here is Dennis who stands 7ft tall including the base and 6ft wide. The base is made from 3mm sheet and angle iron which stand on a 10mm plate of steel. Dennis is mainly constructed from 1.6mm plate and hollow tube, keeping him light but strong.

After taking Dennis to two shows, a customer approached Kurt with an offer to buy. However, the customer wasn’t keen on the weathered look, and wanted the dragonfly to be shiny and silver so that it would stand out on the island on a lake, where it’s now installed. Hot dip galvanizing was the answer and Kurt booked our Corby plant to manage the finish. Premier Galvanizing Corby was the perfect option as the galvanizing baths could accommodate the large size of Dennis. The team at Corby rose to the challenge and treated the dragonfly with a protective galvanized finish that will last for many years to come.

* This project was nominated by V&S Galvanizing for the American Galvanizer's Association International Award. Galvanizing completed by Joseph Ash Galvanizing, a co-subsidiary company of Hill & Smith Holdings Plc. Learn more: https://www.josephash.co.uk/

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