In August 1989, Gaspar Gasparyan, a professional metal sculptor, founded the business and brought on his son, Artur, as a part-time worker and protégé.
He named the company “Gaspar’s Copper Artistry,” as the primary metals he worked with were copper and copper alloys. Six years later, in 1995, he changed the company name to “Gaspar’s Fine Architectural Metal Works” to emphasize his association with architectural work and his use of a wider range of metals.
Some of his first commissions were the fabrication of statues, fountains, lighting fixtures, doors and door handles, range hoods, decorative grills, fireplace screens and mantels, handrails, moldings, architectural signs and letters, tables, planters, ashtrays for hotel lobbies, and many other decorative, ornamental items specified by designers and architects.
As a young man, Gaspar Gasparyan received private training in his native country, Armenia, where the tradition of working with copper and copper alloys has a heritage thousands of years old. He began working in the fine metal industry at the age of 25, beginning with the fabrication of ornamental bed frames, but his dream was finally realized when he began working with architects, sculptors, and designers to make hammered copper statues, “copper repoussé,” ranging in height from two to fifty feet.
In 1980, Gaspar and his family left Armenia and immigrated to the United States. Despite the difficulty of learning a new language, he began working for small companies, and at the same time rented a small garage for creating and building his ideas to present to the outside market. As he worked with experienced architects and designers here, he also developed some new techniques in metal fabrication.
Artur Gasparyan began working for his father at the age of 17 as an apprentice, and in the beginning, Artur had the responsibility of making contacts with new clients. His father trained him to present the projects in a professional and technical manner, and at the same time, Artur continued to help his father with fabrication work at the shop.
While they continue to work together, in the tradition of a family owned and operated business, Mr. Gasparyan has turned over the reigns to his son, Artur. Today, Artur manages every aspect of the business and oversees each project to ensure that workmanship meets his father’s exceedingly high standards of quality and aesthetics. With more than 20 years experience in custom metal fabrication, Artur is more than qualified to lead Gaspar’s to a new level of expansion and technical excellence.