July-August 2012 | THE MAN OF STEEL

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RIGHT AT HOME

THE MAN OF STEEL

Shawn Bell’s mastery of metal is showcased in a state-of-the-art residence in Lewes

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

Shawn Bell of Kommercial Kitchens in Cambridge earned his “sterling” reputation as a metalworker doing high-profile jobs at restaurants and other businesses throughout Maryland. He is so highly regarded for his craftsmanship, in fact, that he’s even been called upon to make command performances at the Bush 43 White House and Biden’s vice-presidential mansion at the observatory, to say nothing of closer-to-home venues such as the Cultured Pearl, Fat Daddy’s, Ember’s Restaurant and Blu Crab House.
 
Recently, the man who founded his business in 1999 decided to ply his prodigious talent closer to home in yet another sense. Bell has decided to rededicate the lion’s share of his company’s energy to residential projects, much to the delight of many homeowners across the Eastern Shore.
 
“It’s certainly been a privilege and honor to have worked for a president and a vice-president of the United States,” Bell admitted, “but I came to miss being there to witness the reactions and responses of the customers I’ve done work for after the jobs were complete. Seeing the satisfaction on their faces is a big part of why I work so hard at what I do, and our new emphasis on residential work will allow me to get back to that.”
 
Whether it’s for an indoor kitchen, an outdoor kitchen or a bathroom, Bell is uniquely skilled at working with metals such as stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper or zinc to create exactly the metallic masterpiece the customer is looking for. All materials that Bell works with are laid out, sheared, bent, welded and polished by hand, making each installation a 100% handcrafted, custom creation that will be utterly unique as compared with all other creations. The result is stunning old-world, one-of-a-kind craftsmanship in 
an age otherwise known for its mass-produced, assembly-line mediocrity.
 
Bell and Kommercial Kitchens are also uniquely well-suited to fabricate exhaust-hood systems, raw bars, wall panels, work tables, plate cabinets, crab-steamer pots (What Eastern Shore resident wouldn’t want that?), single and double overshelves, countertops, pass-thru shelves, wall-mount shelves and practically anything else one can dream up involving Bell’s arsenal of metals.
 
“The fact is, there are a lot of people out there who can install things like stone countertops competently,” Bell advised, “but metalworking is a skill that can take a lifetime of experience to hone and refine, and there are very few in this area who have the expertise to do it right and professionally each and every time. 
 
“Honestly, I’ve never even considered moving beyond metal,” he added. “I’d much rather concentrate on one thing and be the best at it than dilute my craftsmanship by taking on too many diverse specialties. I’ve always believed that it’s better to be the best at one thing than to be merely good at many.”
 
 
KOMMERCIAL KITCHENS, INC. 
410-228-5060    
 


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