Michael Poole is best known for his functional sculptural pieces, bike racks, handrails and other architectural works as well as his unique belt buckles. Seven years of experience as an underwater welder, specializing in bridge welding certainly informed his art, and function became a hallmark of his early work. Michael’s style can be chameleon like as his years as a welder and metal fabricator, with experience fabricating pieces designed by architects and other artists, has made it difficult at times to categorize his style. His appreciation for his chosen materials and seeing the hand of the artist in the work leaves his work with exposed welds and a clear view of mechanical connections and mechanisms, each piece having its own story to tell. He works in steel, stainless, aluminum, and copper, as well as incorporating vintage tools and reclaimed wood.