Today we’d like to introduce you to Eduardo and Alaine Amaral.
Eduardo and Alaine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started in 1997 with a few pieces of equipment, working out of the basement of our home. We both have a degree in Sculpture, and had worked as various jobs as freelance artists, in an art foundry, and teaching art to children. Eduardo had been working at a sign company as their Shop Forman at the time, and he had started making their metal sign brackets on the side- he always worked in steel. After a while, we decided it was time to strike out on our own. Within 6 months, we started renting a small space in the oldest industrial building in Bellingham, an old textile mill right on the Charles River. We have since expanded to include more shop space and dedicated office space, but are still in the same great mill building. We just celebrated our 20 year anniversary!
Over time, we have moved from doing mostly light industrial work, such as brackets, signs etc, into doing very high-end custom work, like fire screens, hand-forged interior railings, and garden pieces like gates and sculpture. We make more standard exterior railings for homes and businesses as well, but all of our work is custom and really high quality.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We’ve had many challenges over the years, and balancing work, family and health is always at the top of the list. We are a really small business (3-5 people) and the cost of doing business is significant, especially with all the required insurance for such a physical job & all the potential liabilities. Also, since ornamental metalwork comes last in construction, we are usually the last ones in. This is usually when people’s budgets are stretched pretty thin, so we really need to be competitive with our pricing.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Amaral Industries – what should we know?
We design & fabricate ornamental ironwork- what people like to call “wrought iron” as well as more modern metalwork. All of our work is custom, from the simplest set of stair railings, to the most ornate decorative pieces. We use some old-school blacksmithing techniques, like hot or cold-forging and hand-rubbed finishes, but also employ modern metalworking techniques. We are not trying to work like a medieval blacksmithing shop!
We are really proud to have been in business for over 20 years, and to have supported our family through this work. We’ve also had some really incredible young people work for us over the years, who are interested in working with their hands and doing things well. Christian LeCour, Eduardo’s “right-hand man” has been with us for 5 years, and has become an incredible craftsman in his own right. Our families have always been deeply supportive as well, which is so important.
We are known for really exceptional craftsmanship, strong design, for always showing up on time, We like to be very straight-forward about how long it will take to complete a project and believe it is very important to be honest about timelines- so many clients have been burned by contractors looking to land the job, only to be made to wait way beyond what they were promised. Quality work takes time, and we are always upfront about that.
- Website: www.amaralindustries.com
- Phone: 508-966-9344
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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