Tom is now on his favorite slack key website Taropatch.net. His user name is, appropriately, Ku i keleawe, which is Hawaiian for 'metalsmith'. I like to sit in his lap while he plays because the guitar sounds better close up. He created TIKI MAN and HULA SISTAH after returning from Aloha Music Camp on the Big Island last February.
With degrees in graphic and industrial design and certified as a Journeyman Boilermaker/Welder following a three-year apprenticeship at Chevron El Segundo Refinery, Tom has experience in metal fabrication, pipe welding and project management. He has also worked for a paperboard packaging design firm and an exhibit design firm in Seattle. Children's playground equipment design, surfboard/sailboard design, product illustration and building construction experience have also influenced his current work.
Tom creates custom metal work and art pieces for homes and gardens. His art is often functional, utilizing various types of recyled metals. Many of his pieces are also whimsical and, recently, he has incorporated musical elements into some of his artwork. Tom enjoys collaborating with other artists to incorporate ceramic and fused glass into his art.
When asked about his work, Tom responds with a quote from Norman Maclean's novella A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT..."All good things come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy".
I am very lucky to be able to observe his creative process every day.
BOB (and now JUNIOR)