I really like the key hook thingie, the clock is quite nice too. I took a picture of a piece a guy made in Tofino… sigh, Tofino… that I should post. It was a big, beautiful shining sun made out of bike chains and the like – he actually had to abuse everything quite excessively to try and get it to develop the rust shades he wanted.
I’m probably biased, but I always like artsy things made out of mechanical things, especially if those mechanical bits are no longer useful but led a good, long life. It’s like a tribute to all their usefulness and good work… Maybe rather shinto of me, but I think those gears and chains are happy in their new useful life
If you want to measure possible sales without getting into your own website, you might try to get in touch with “I Made It Market.” They had a bike-themed art show during the 2010 Bike Fest. It was held at Leslie Park in Lawrenceville.
The photo barely does the rust textures justice. Since he rents bikes out for riding on the beach, the salt and sand does them in and he has a lot of turnover – so he uses it to create beautiful things. He also leads awesome private kayaking trips that will go places the public groups can’t go (he’s got friends in the area on various islands).
Marc said they had to work very, very hard to get the chains to rust that much, apparently the precautions manufacturers take to prevent rust are seriously effective.
BTW, the article says his shop is “very organized”… Think visual opposite of Kraynick’s. Just as awesome in terms of volume and variety and owner awesomeness, but literally every iota has a place, and every place an iota, in visibly labeled, lined up fashion. Extremely satisfying to the inner OCD in me, just as Kraynick’s is satisfying to my inner chaosophile (yes I know it’s organized… somehow…).