About Sosa Metal Works
Sosa Metal Works is a kustom metal fab shop. For more than 20 years, Christian Sosa, Owner of Sosa Metal Works, has been behind some of the most innovative metalwork designs in the Las Vegas, NV area. Beginning 12 years ago with being the lead metal fabricator at Counts Kustom.
Christian opened his own shop in Septemebr 2012 with his brother, ( Roberto ) and is a master in fabrication and shaping metal. Metal work includes suspension on cars, sheet metal work, and kustom metal peace’s for kustom projects. Christian specialty is fabricating one of kind kustom motorcycles. Many of his clients are even flying and driving in from other states to have him build their bikes! Christians' master fabrication skills bring visions to life. Christian opened his own business because he had more to do than just work for someone else. Christian is independent and a humble fabricator and stands behind his work.
“Everything is handmade,” Sosa says. “There’s nobody else in Vegas that does this type of stuff.”
At only 31, Sosa — Before launching Sosa Metalworks, he worked for almost 12 years at Count’s Kustoms — the local chopper shop made famous by History Channel’s Counting Cars (Sosa appeared a few times on the show) — where he honed his skills as lead fabricator. Sosa’s only quasi-formal training includes high school metal-shop classes, but everything else he knows about restoring and customizing automobiles came from on-the-job experience, plus a healthy combination of curiosity and natural aptitude.
Christian quite: “I do this with my own builds by creating my own style instead of going with what is popular. I and my brother have that in common in that we just do our own thing.
From gleaming, curvaceous handlebars and fenders to entirely customized bikes, Sosa and his small crew (which includes his older brother, who co-owns the shop) can make just about anything out of metal. What sets them apart is that all their work is handmade and each piece is unique, hewn from the raw materials and intimidating-looking tools in Sosa Metalworks.
Sosa points out two machines near the front of his workshop. One is a vintage South Bend precision lathe that dates back to the 1930s used for machining of frames and major components. The other is a mill for drilling holes, like the mounts and risers for handlebars.
“Between these two machines you can pretty much make anything you want,” Sosa says.
Beyond those pieces of equipment and others he’s acquired, including a Pullmax—a surprisingly quiet beast of a device that bends and shapes metal that Sosa calls “probably the most important machine in here”—Sosa has created mechanized tools of his own, including a power hammer made from a sewing-machine motor and a leaf spring, which is used to rough out shapes.
To the uninitiated, the work that Sosa and his crew does might appear to be purely mechanical, the means to a souped-up end. But from initial concept to finished product, Sosa’s approach to metal shaping is much more akin to that of a sculptor than a mechanic. Even the way he works with the metal—creating a wireframe first, then molding the metal around it like clay—is as much an artistic endeavor as it is a feat of engineering.
“The hard part about this stuff is coming up with shapes and making them all work together so it looks like it wasn’t made,” Sosa says. “I don’t want you to notice. I want it to look nice from across the room, and then it pulls you in, makes you want to get closer.”
However, there is that added layer of technical know-how that can’t be ignored. Sosa can’t just be good at making attractive shapes from metal. He has to know how all the parts of his creations work together. A gas tank for a motorcycle has to perform its primary function. The frame of the bike can’t just be a shiny piece of chrome—it has to support the engine and allow the front fork to pivot. Function is as important as form.
“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Sosa says. “You need to know how to weld, how to machine, how to design and engineer stuff. What I struggle with most is the design. The work is hard, but that’s the easiest part for me.”