Magma Metalworks
Custom Residential & Commercial Metalwork

All Hands

Erica Moody

Erica Moody - Founder/Principal

Prior to metal fabrication, Erica studied film and photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She moved to Boston in 1992 in search of a career that could continue developing her desire to create. Exposure to Boston's historic architecture and befriending local talented craftsmen inspired a new intrigue for learning the high craft of a building trade, and in 1994 began an apprenticeship at a custom metal shop in the South End. She continued to work as a professional metal craftsman for seven years and in 2001 she decided to open her own studio in Boston, and founded Magma Metalworks. The business has continued to grow had occupied a 3000 s.f. workshop on the north shore of Boston employing several assistants, but is now run with her husband Paul, out of an antique barn in Midcoast Maine. Erica also has taught several semesters at WIT, teaching Model Making techniques in the Industrial Design Department, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, teaching metalworking. She also teaches annual workshops at the Woodenboat School in Maine, and at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. A collection of her personal work can be seen at Magma’s sister site and at a growing number of stockists. See more at

Laurie Carman

Paul Simonoff - Assistant Craftsman

Ericas husband Paul is an electrical wizard and master problem solver. He left his desk job in 2014 to work with Erica in all Magma’s endeavors, including collaborating on designs for the in-house line of metalwares seen at His background is in vintage/tube electronics repair and reproduction, vintage motorcycle and furniture restoration, fellow Captain, and musician.

Laurie Carman

Stella - Shop Dog and HR

Quality control, HR, and napping specialist. And of course, guard dog.

Here is a running list of previous assistants that have assisted with the projects on these pages, thank you!

Marley Tomic-Beard, Kevin Steinberg, Ben Waller, Adam Kology, Kevin OConnell, Laurie Carman, Ethan Martin, and David Fricke.