The clutter reaches to the ceiling, but it is not plain old everyday clutter. No, Bethesda Art Metal Works is a jumble of silver wine buckets, brass samovars, clocks and vases entwined with leaves and cupids, here an antique cash register, there a trumpet, sometimes a copper bathtub. The back room is piled high with silver trays. A brass bed lurks in a corner. Lanterns and trophies and candelabra fill in the crevices. Boris Paskvan is bringing them back to life, restoring and soldering and cleaning them. He re-tins copper pots by hand and guarantees them for ten years, knowing their linings will last a lot longer than if they had been re-tinned electrically. He replaces blades in knives, even reshapes spoons that have done battle with the garbage disposal. he has turned a fire extinguisher into a lamp, replaced brass fixtures on purses and shoes. people bring him silver boats and brass status. he can bring back to life any kind of art metal except iron, chrome or aluminium. There aren't many of him left in this world.
Bethesda Art Works, Works, 4057 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday until 1 p.m. 656-1445.