New Orleans Airlift is housed in the former Met Fab shop, with facilities for carpentry, welding, masonry, mold-making and many other capabilities for artists and builders. Our unique design and fabrication studio is unlike any other in the region.

Headed by our Lead Engineer Christian Repaal, the Atelier accepts jobs from corporate, commercial, artistic, and institutional clients. Christian’s specialty is working with artists and clients to realize their plans and dreams – as a crucial part of Airlift, he directs all of our major builds, and ensures the structural integrity of our Village.

Contact Christian for more information.

Clients include:
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
Contemporary Art Center (CAC)
City of New Orleans
Prospect Biennial
Artists including: Swoon, Jennifer Odem, Christopher Saucedo

Intro to Metalwork

& Mig Welding Class

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Learn basic metalwork, preparing and grinding metal and mig welding with our lead fabricator Christian Repaal. This class is for adults. Initial project: Make a small plant stand, stool or table of your own design.Plant_stands

Intro to Arc Welding Class

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Arc welding, sometimes called stick welding, is a heavy-duty welding process used for large-scale structural projects such as fences and buildings, and is especially useful outdoors. Class will cover basic metalwork knowledge, tool instruction, and welding technique of laying a bead. By the end of the class, you will be able to make functional lightweight welds on your own. Take home a scrap sculpture as you practice your welds! Beginners are welcome. If you have taken the mig welding class, this is a different approach with new material.

fence welding

Instructor Bio: Melissa Stryker has 20 years experience welding for various art and industrial purposes including film industry, ran the welding shop at Burning Man, and was Chief of Welding for the huge fence surrounding the Music Box Village.

Each session has six two-hour classes – Cost: $600, materials fee $50



Client: FAIT NOLA plant design studio. We transformed this truck into a mobile display and solarium using reclaimed cypress & other specialty wood.

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Client: Van Wyck & Van Wyck / Solomon Group / Conwill Family
Location: Sugar Mill

Peter Pan debutante ball with custom pirate ship, walkways, and alligator pond.

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Previous Projects

fabricated by Christian Repaal

floodmarker-old-composite_wide-c6271d980ae138b13544334239e22be016d15436.jpgChristopher Saucedo sculpture

henrot-1-1024x683.jpgCamille Henrot sculpture

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ccc4c1cb45e8ceb1e2b23106531028a5.jpgOne of many Swoon installations



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