Job #1 is to connect with you, potential customers! I thought I’d start out by letting you know a little bit about me, the Lorenzen behind Lorenzen Customs.
I grew up working with my hands. My dad was a mechanic and a farmer, as was his dad and my mom’s dad, too. Grandpa Lorenzen had a woodshop in his basement and was the first to put tools in my hands. We would make all kinds of little doodads and trinkets and he made amazing furniture. As I grew older, I developed an interest in machines, specifically, engines and cars. My dad repaired tractors as a side job on the farm, and it was common to have a tractor engine torn down or a tractor split in half in our shop. I spent many a winter day handing him tools, holding the light, and learning about the working parts of the machines he was repairing.
It wasn’t until high school that I learned to weld, and I also took a welding class at Iowa State University, where I was preparing to become an agriculture teacher. Once I graduated, I began a career of teaching teenagers, including instruction on how to weld, how to work with wood, and how engines and machines worked.
Life led me to Colorado, and after a twelve-year hiatus from teaching in a shop, I took a job as a metals and welding teacher. At about the same time, I purchased a home that was a fixer-upper. As a result of these two events, I rediscovered my love of design and fabrication. Over the last eight years, I have purchased and renovated three different homes, and most of the projects featured on my website are pieces from those homes.
I’m really excited to jump into this business; it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I love the process of designing as much as I love to fabricate. I love the challenge of creating something that must meet a specific function or fit a certain space. I’m excited to become part of your personal space, and I’ll be honored to build something special for you!