Doug Nicholson Sculpture.

I use metal fabrication, engineering and armorer techniques to create sculpture inspired by the wild bird and insect species of the Peak District. My practice also realizes commissions in unusual making projects, furniture design, large scale public art and theatrical installations.

Little Owl


Red Kite


On request I undertake commissions in bespoke mixed media furniture design and making. My techniques combine machined steel, brass and stainless with lovely examples of oak and upholstery, finished to a standard that will delight.

Ornamental plinth

Swivel bar stools

Garden bench


The workshop provides a design and manufacturing service for building fixtures, railings and security. The commissioning of garden installations and sculptures in Corten steel is a specialism, with an emphasis on close personal consultation towards a great piece of work for the home or garden .

Machined stainless steel detail

Kinetic garden sculpture

Art Deco railings

Special projects & services

Hero's Engine Works undertakes special effects, festival structures and sculpture as well as CNC machining, plasma cutting and light fabrication services.

The transit of Venus orrary

Sunflower gas candelabrum

Me and the work

Following a 30 year career in theater making and pyrotechnics, I developed a new practice designing and making sculpture and unusual furniture. Taken from my original company’s logo, the practice is titled Hero’s Engine Works, with a studio and workshop located in the middle of the Peak District National Park.

I make sculpture inspired by the flora and fauna of the Peak District. Formed in metals using armourer, jeweller and engineering techniques to create one of a kind, charismatic sculpture for indoor and outdoor spaces. Each piece takes over 100 hours of work and study, from the drawing stage to the final patination and lacquer.

New work can be commissioned and the pieces in sales and commissions are available for purchase or unique versions can be commissioned on request.



E. T. 07966 179040

Leyburn, Netherside, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 9JW