People have asked “What was your inspiration for your art?” I say BEER!
What started out as a passion to Home Brew my own beer has now tapped into my creative metalworking side. After doing metal garden art for the last 12 yrs., I was looking to create something totally new.
I began to age my beer in bourbon barrels. When the process was finished, I couldn’t just throw the barrel away. I figured I could design creative functional items that would meld together artistic metal and the oak staves from the barrels.
As my creative side was thinking about what to design, I happened to find a supplier of these awesome, Edison Style bulbs and fabric corded sockets. What great ambiance these bulbs create. I knew I wanted to incorporate them in my designs.
I like to use the oak from the barrels to soften the look of the metal parts. I sand down the rough edges of the oak leaving the character of the barrel intact inside and out. Then I add grinding and buff marks to the metal to create an aged, worn look.