Adoption

I was in the back yard the other evening and noticed one of my first folded dogs.

Yep the granddaddy of them all. He was just sitting there enjoying the sun…

I really enjoyed designing and making those guys. They were little dogs made from one piece of steel, folded down the back.

I made a bunch of those guys. Me and the 5 members of “Rusty and the Crew” were great studio partners for a couple of years.

Some of the first ones I made, as I was experimenting with their design, have lived in front of my studio for several years now… There used to be about 8 of them out there, just hanging out, talking to each other… chilling in the sun and cold alike.

Well, some of the local neighbors have… “apparently”…taken a few of them.

I don’t look at it as stealing,

I look at like, adopting a pet from the pound.

Apparently, they cared enough to love them,  take them home, and love them!

I’d like to think they have gone to good homes.  I believe they did…

 

They cared enough to get the very best!

 

I hope nothing of yours has been “adopted” by someone else… but if they have I would love to hear your story.

Use the form below and let me know how it went…

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Original Schlenkerla Rauchbier Bamberg’s famous smoke/ beacon beer!!

While in Germany this past summer, we saw many new and interesting things.

Like Bamberg.

Bamberg is a city we “found” on our last trip. Now be aware, Bamberg is place that a lot of people have found in the past …and on that day, we found it. So don’t think it was a big secret… it was just new to us.

But Bamberg is a beautiful old city, with two cathedrals lots of buildings several centuries old, and a whitewater river running through it.

All that was a huge attraction for us, but what really got our attention was when our host told us about the famous

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Bamberg’s, world famous…… smoke beer.

 

 

And to add interest to the idea, it was also infused, somehow, with a bacon flavor!

We found a redneck’s dream in Germany!!!   Smoke and bacon in a beer!!

I had to try it. We went to an Italian restaurant (we had been eating German food for 2 weeks by then and were looking for something different) and found it on the menu.  But I learned, every restaurant has it on their menu because it is the famous local beer. (For that matter, every city seemed to have its own specialty beer… and wine.)

But back to the smoke beer.

To make it even better, did I say, it is supposed to even have a beacon infused flavor!

Well I tried it… not that big of a deal….

But it was interesting to try something new…and isn’t that what traveling is all about.

I’d love to hear your comments about this or other situations where you tried new things.

Send me and email or just use the form below.

“Art All Around Us” The Bored Angel…

I am always looking for interesting art. you know, the kind that has something to say. When you pair that quest with my “Art All Around Us” quest I often find rather “interesting” things that I am not sure a lot of people see.

Last summer we were in Bamberg, Germany. And they have a great cathedral (like most of the cities did). As I walked around inside I took time to look at the details in the craftsmanship.

There is great wood work, great design work… and great stone carving.

That is where I found this little guy; I call him “the bored angel”.

It must have been interesting to be a stone carver along time ago. You are making interesting and important things. You are revered as a master craftsman. You have a steady job building big buildings… but you start seeing the same thing over and over again.

So you bust out every now and again and do something different.

I am not sure that is what he was doing with this piece… but I found it interesting and wanted to give credit to the unknown craftsman who made it.  and did you notice that this is probably the oldest looking cherub you have ever seen?  Or that he is leaning on a Skull!

I am not sure how many people see and appreciate this little fat cherub. (or old man?)

Anyway, I noticed, and I want to thank that medieval stone carver for his work. He didn’t have to make it that interesting…

but he did.

And for that I say thank you.

Just remember, there is “Art All Around Us”. We just have to look up and notice it.

As always, keep sending those photos of the “art” you find. I love seeing them.

“Art All Around Us” Window Shutter Holders

If you keep your eyes open you will see little pieces of art, art that wasere made just because it would be fun to do, and beautiful to see. Many things do not need to be ornamental, but dedication to the craft made it that way.

Here is an example; Shutter holders.

Many,

ok, almost all,

of the house we saw in Germany had shutters and therefore had shutter retainers. They are simple little devices to hold the shutters open.

They didn’t need to be made interesting, but they were.

We saw several styles, all based on a head design. they were cast metal and mounted with a cam type base so they would lock the piece upright when needed.

So I celebrate the shutter retainer makers of Germany for their idea of making these little gadgets interesting and fun.

If you see anything like these little pieces of art, I would love to have you share them with me.

Share your thoughts and finds with the form below,

Or email them to me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

“Art All Around Us” The Wooden Bike

Here is something I have never seen before…and I have seen a lot of things.

A wooden bike. It was in a shop in the Black Forest area of Germany.

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It is ridable and beautiful all at the same time.

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So, I thought it deserved a spot in the “Art All Around Us” archives.

It is a little more expensive than the $90 bike you may find in your local big box store, but it sure looks great

And for that I say thank you to the creator of the wooden bike. You didn’t have to create something so beautiful… but you did.

I would love to hear your comments or see examples of the All Around You.

You can contact me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

Or use the form below.

 

Remember, there is art all around us, we just need to look up and appreciate it.

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“Art All Around Us” The Pretzel King

While traveling in Germany I noticed there were a number of ways to advertise a business. Today we would just put up a sign that says, “Pretzels for Sale” or something like that.

Well, a long time ago, in Germany, they didn’t seem to do that.

As proof, I found this “sign” on a wall.

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They could have made a boring, written sign…but No!  They made it interesting and beautiful.  And for that, I celebrate them.

I thought, this guy was a real artist. And artist in stone carving… and apparently in pretzel making. He may have even been a pretzel king.

So I appreciated his work in stone carving…

just wished I could have tried his pretzels!

 

If you find some old guys interesting sign…I would love to see it too!

Contact me with the form below,

Or email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com

And remember, Art is truly all around us,  we just need to look up from our cell phones and see it!

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Mending a Broken Heart

 

The Bee Gees had a song, long ago, about mending a broken heart. They never really had an answer on how to do it…but it was a start.

Which leads me to the piece I have been working on for the last couple of weeks.

I was asked to create a piece of art for our local arts council’s Cre8 Gala. (http://jaxarts.com/annual-art-gala)

It is a fund-raising party supporting and celebrating all the wonderful opportunities our Arts Council makes available for the children (and adults) of Onslow county.

Artist were asked to create a piece of art on an 8” x 8” canvas (provided by the council) and donate it to the Cre8 Gala.

Well, as you know, I am an outside the box thinker and a metal artist… so mine is a little different from some of the others.

I have been experimenting with moving pieces lately and wanted to create something with movement for my 8×8.

After a little thought, why not come up with a cure for a broken heart. (Remember the Bee Gees reference from the first paragraph?)

That is right… I know how to fix a broken heart. And you can own this remedy for a small donation at the Cre8 Gala.

I want to make a short movie of the piece in action… but that will come later.

So for now, here it is.

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I call it “How to Mend A Broken Heart”

but you can call it yours, if you are at the Gala on September 14.

Tickets and more info are available at http://jaxarts.com/annual-art-gala

If you have any questions, would like to know more about the Gala, or just want to comment on the blog;

Feel free to contact me with the form below,

or at email steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com.