1057 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3351 | (727) 938-8868
An award winning metal artist and acclaimed craftsman, Nicholas Toth’s authentic hand crafted diving helmets and original copper and brass works of art reflect his dedication to exceptional quality and masterful design.
Nick grew up around his grandfather’s machine shop and the adjacent boat yard, on the banks of the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs, Florida, watching the classic wood hulled sponge boats being built. Anthony Lerios, Nick’s grandfather, was a highly skilled master machinist and engineer, capable of fabricating anything not made of wood that was needed to operate a sponge boat. From the rigging and pulleys, tiller hardware and anchors of the old schooner-sail type of sponge boats that existed before the dominance of diesel power, to the installation of diesel engines.
It is from this diverse background and hands on experience that Nicholas learned his craft. After graduating from the University of Florida, with a degree in Political Science, Nicholas returned back to his grandfather’s machine shop. Working full time as an apprentice under his grandfather’s guidance and tutelage, Nick began learning the old-world techniques of crafting copper and brass diving helmets. Now with over 30 years of experience, Nick is recognized as a Master Artist and Craftsman, paying tribute to the lineage of his background.
“My art is a vehicle that is used to transport the viewer back to a time when the dominant metals were copper and brass. When someone looks at my diving helmet, I want them to experience a sense of elegance in its form, while also feeling a sense of curiosity as to who wore these helmets and why…..the shapes and forms of my other art pieces are directly inspired by elements found in my helmets.”
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