Living Cobblestone

In Woodstock NY they have a great piece of “Art All Around Us”.

A piece of the brickwork has a lizard in it!

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Again, no real reason to do it that way…just to make it look cooler!

And as always for that I thank them.

If you find something that catches you eye, send me a picture. I would love to see it.

Email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com, or use the form below.

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The Vintage Bench Saga continues…

You might remember I featured a piece of vintage yard furniture awhile back.

It has been on the farm of my Grandmother in law for about 60 years, and was in rough shape.

But it was really something special.

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I set about working on repairing it and getting it ready for another 60 years…in my yard. (no farm here unfortunately)

I looked it over and located the problem spots, rust through damage, and lost parts. Then I started the work of bring it back to life.

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The back’s connection to the seat was in rough shape because it was a place for water to collect and cause rust. I took a wire wheel and was able to make short work of the problem. 10,000 RPMs is a powerful thing! I then welded then gaps closed and wire wheeled it again.

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The handle on the left side arm rest had been worn through in a couple of spots. I can only guess how many butter beans you would have to shuck to get to the point where the metal is worn through… but that bench certainly had seen a lot of shucking, of all kinds of vegetables, in its day.

The thought that it had seen enough use to wear through the metal just makes me want to repair it even more.

I welded all the joints and attachments to make it stronger and then added metal feet to the bottom of the legs. I will attach pieces of treated wood to these feet so that the metal does not touch the ground and start the rusting process all over again.

I took it to my powder coater to get it sandblasted to remove all the old paint and rust. Then they baked on a finish in the color my wife selected.

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I think it will hold a special place in the back yard for a long time to come.

Overall, I think the piece turned out great.

 

Now I will have to put some thought into redoing the matching chair…trust me, it will take a lot more work than this one…

But then… that is the fun of it!!

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Drainage Art

As you know I am always on the look out for the “Art All Around Us”.

Well I found another.

And I totally love this one!!!

I found this drain cover in Pittsfield Mass. It features a carving of a fish in the center, and then they continued with the cobblestone surround… just to make it nice. It appeared to be old, but I just don’t know.

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Thanks to the guys and ladies of Pittsfield for their downtown revitalization and having such a beautiful piece of “Art All Around Us”

 

As always, I would like to see what you find around your world.

Email it to me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Eating With Art

Claire and I are always interested in having art all around us. Even in the everyday things we use.

We were gifted a beautiful bowl by my brother and sister in law and I thought I would include it in my “Art All around Us” collection.

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This one was make by Doug Navarra from New York State. It is highlighted with a carved rim. I would think you would agree, it is a piece of art.

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And for that I am thankful to Navarra… and my brother and sister in law.

If you see art for the sake of art, send it to me,  I would love to see it.

You can comment with the form below of by emailing me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

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Anvil Art

I found this homemade anvil on the internet the other day.anvil

I was amazed that the whole thing had been made from a piece of rail road track. Now I have seen a lot of anvils made from rail road track in my travels, but this one is a work of art!

And the stand looks great too.

To all you blacksmiths out there… the gauntlet has been thrown down by this guy…whoever he is.

Table Art

In my “Art All Around Us” hunt I found some in the most unusual place…a table.

Now I don’t mean on the table, I mean the table.

We were eating at the Rx Restaurant and Bar in Wilmington NC and saw a collection of tales which had been made by a craftsman.

The design was interesting. It could have been made of steel and glass…but NO!

They made it cool.

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And for that I am thankful.

So thanks to the folks at the Rx Restaurant and Bar, for the treat, both on the table, and the table itself.

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If you see some art that is there just because someone decided to make it nice, take a photo of it and send it to me.

The world will be a better place when we share the “Art All Around Us”

 

You can comment with the form below, or email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com.

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It is Just a Door!

Well, my quest for the “Art All Around Us” kept me close to home this time.

I was in Wilmington NC. and went by one of two old firehouses (that I know of) and got a quick photo.

This is not a firehouse anymore…I wish it were my house… but the guys who crafted this door (probably about 100 years ago) sure knew the art of their craft.

And if they were around I would love to thank them for making it great.

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I am out there every day looking for the art we just walk by without noticing. Feel free to join the search with me.

 

I’d love to see your finds.

And your comments.

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Or via email at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

 

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