Raised amidst gorgeous terrain in Northern California’s coastal town of Point Reyes, Josh Taylor was exposed to mountain biking at an early age. He could often be found biking scenic Bolinas Ridge and the Point Reyes National Seashore, gathering inspiration from the surrounding abundance of natural beauty. While pursuing his daily hobby, Josh began modifying and fabricating bike parts in his teenage years, which led in turn to studying machining and welding in college.
Before long, Josh was tapped by a local furniture designer to make photorealistic 3D CAD models of furniture, fixtures, and lighting. This position opened his eyes to textures, finishes, and many fabrication techniques. It also brought him all around the United States and Europe to furniture shows, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China to tour factories and audit samples.
After a number of years gaining experience in multiple facets of design, drawing, and production, Josh decided to bring all of these skills together to build a company of his own. Together with his longtime friend Ethan Turner, that became a reality in 2004 as Turner & Taylor Metal Works, Inc.
Ethan embarked on his journey in Ornamental Metal and General Building at the early age of 12. After school and on weekends, his stepfather Dan Argraves would teach him blacksmithing, welding, and general metal fabrication techniques. When not tinkering with metal, young Ethan would also do woodwork, cabinetmaking, and assorted fine carpentry alongside his father, esteemed luthier Rick Turner. Between Rick’s guidance and stints with Guerilla Construction, Ethan learned all aspects of custom home building, from foundation to finish carpentry.
Formal studies in advanced welding, lathe and milling operations, and machine shop practices would follow at the College Of Marin. With his new collection of freshly honed skills, Ethan stepped into the professional trade, balancing work with custom home builder Telford Construction with independent carpentry and welding contracts. His continued explorations led to a career at IronHorse Ironworks, where he ventured further into the finer points of metal design and fabrication, blacksmithing, as well as project management. Many staircases, guardrails, handrails, light fixtures, garden gates, driveway gates, architectural hardware, numerous custom tools for his craft later, the rest became history, joining forces with Josh to form Turner & Taylor Metal Works.