The Black Lab Story
The convergence of art and skilled craftsmanship
Black Lab Steel’s founder and master artist, B.F. Andersen grew up admiring art in just about any form he spotted it. However, it was a love of animation that motivated him to hone and refine his craft of drawing and sketching as a child. Unfortunately, by the time Andersen was entering college to study art in the early 2000’s, the animation industry was rapidly shifting from hand-drawn to 2D computer-generated.
While unsure of how he was going to proceed, Andersen was offered an opportunity to learn the ropes within the construction industry. He quickly found that he had a natural ability to build, and enjoyed working hard to achieve stellar visual results.
But, it would be over a decade later, and multiple journeys & struggles into different aspects of both art and construction before Black Lab Steel would be born.
Andersen found himself in the unique position of being both an artist, and a skilled builder. He refined his unique “art+build” skillset while leading production at a luxury custom wall art company in Southern California.
The culmination of these experiences eventually led to Black Lab Steel. Handcrafted, hand-welded, and never mass-produced.
art+build – it’s what’s Black Lab Steel was built upon.