Our wedding gift to our niece and new nephew
is finally completed and has arrived in Minnesota!
Elise and Reed wanted a custom coat rack
for their new home.
After seeing their special 'tulip room',
Tom was inspired to incorporate
Holland's beautiful flowers into their custom gift.
Tom and Margaret first met their sweet niece on
their own wedding day in 1982.
Sharing her Uncle's unique sense of humor
and affection for puns,
Elise guessed that their coat rack
was going to be different and, indeed, it is!
Tom started working on the top first.
top of rack and naked lamb
Tom grinding his welds
top with forged steel tulips
Tom felt it was important
that the lamb have a coat, too, especially in Minnesota!
Rick Hege of Shepherd's Flock in Vermont was kind enough
to choose the right wool for this purpose.
Tom sent the steel sheep to Rick who cut the wool to fit the little lamb. http://www.shepherdsflock.com/
Also, thanks for the extra pieces of wool...
I might want to cuddle up to those in my box
by the woodstove this winter.
Tom fluffing the little lamb's wool
lamb with coat on the top with tulips
middle section of rack
RACK of LAMB from AMSTERDAM
Elise and Reed
were married on February 14th, 2015
on a splendidly sunny, minus 26 Fahrenheit degree day in Minnesota. CONGRATULATIONS!
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)