Little Monkey Metalworks Team
At the head of it all is a husband & wife team that take great pride in our work. Our passion lies in creating the unusual and the ornate. We love to see our work in metal so it lasts and get a thrill each time we hear ‘Ohhh’ or ‘Ahhh’. We are small company but work hard to keep up with demand for Michael’s creations.
Worker Monkey, Artist
Worker monkey, Michael Perks, is a millwright by trade and an artist by heart. 'Perks' not only brings insane creativity to the process but is always good for a laugh. Perks background includes a Red Seal Millwright ticket from SAIT and working for RCR ski resorts for 28+ years in varying rolls including operations, snowmaking, millwrighting, welding and snow surfaces. He is also an excellent athlete and has represented Canada at the World level in canoeing.
Brain monkey, MBA
Claire is the brain monkey of the operation. A marketing guru by trade, she prefers to be referred to as an avid mountain girl. Claire’s background includes working as the marketing manager for an outdoor brand, various sales roles, and conducting team-building activities. Claire’s current passion is ultra marathons and she often has stories about the latest country she has run across!
Jill Cross – Board Chair, Leighton Art Center; Public Art Consultant, City of Calgary & Calgary Stampede Grounds.
"Working with Michael Perks has been a completely positive experience. His creative outlook, attention to detail, and ability to transform an idea into a spectacular work of art make him a pleasure to work with. Michael’s love of Western Canada and his dedication to his art form allow him to create inspiring sculptures that are appreciated by everyone who has had the opportunity to collect his work. He is extremely professional and respectful of timelines and budgets. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael for any project."
George Brookman – CEO, West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc.
"It is a pleasure for me to give you a few brief words about Michael and the great sculpture that we are so proud of here at West Canadian. It was a pleasure to work with both of you (Claire Perks and Michael Perks). Michael’s ideas and insight about the commission was absolutely accurate. I am also very happy with the way that he accommodated my desire to have something that was more colourful than the original model, and “Prime Meridian” certainly met that requirement.
I must tell you that we have had many different bridal parties come to the building to have their wedding photos taken in front of the sculpture. When I visited the last group they said that they wanted to have the sculpture as the background because it was so bright and cheerful and by turning it they could get different looks into each of the photos.
Anyway, we are very happy with the work that Michael did for us and I am pleased to provide this note of recognition for a job well done."