“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” 

-Carlos Nielbock



Carlos Nielbock, is a modern-day alchemist, known for transforming raw metal into beautiful things with his hands, and has been using that talent to renew the faded beauty of Detroit’s magnificent old buildings for almost 30 years. 

In 1984 he founded C.A.N. Art Handworks, an ornamental architectural metals handcrafting studio on Detroit’s east side and he has worked relentlessly to restore Detroit’s skyline to it's original grandeur as the "Paris of North America" by creating award winning designs.

​Born in Celle, Germany, Nielbock, he has been bending iron since he was 14. His main "forte" is in in reproducing historical, ornamental decorative architectural metalworks. As a skilled 

In addition to being a renowned artist & master craftsman, Carlos is also the inventor of the first and only fully upcycled and high functioning low level wind-turbine made in Detroit, Detroit Windmill. Each windmill is designed and hand fabricated and also serve as a beautiful display of public art.


He is working to build the foundation of his passion for ancient and modern technologies and develop the foundation of a homegrown industry in upcycling and sustainable green energy economies.

Carlos is a UNESCO Detroit City of Design Ambassador and honorary member of American Institute of Architects. He is was also honored with a Gold Medal by the National Ornamental & Misc Metal Association and 6x Blue Ribbon Winner at Detroit's annual Maker's Faire for his Detroit Windmill Project. ​ 



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