2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Wood-Like Art Made From Metal
One of his specialties is creating a perfectly natural looking block of wood with a stainless steel axe embedded on one end. Sullivan made the first one for his grandpa, who passed away in 2015. He posted a photo of the log on his Facebook page as a memorial, and since then it has taken on a life of its own. The British welder set up an Etsy account so people across the U.K. and other countries can now buy various items priced from $120 to about $340.
A craftsman since he became interested in welding at age 13, Sullivan has a long history of clever projects to his name. “Some of the things I work on are all stainless, and now I’m looking into building animals.”
Sullivan says one of the keys to a clean finished product is working slowly and never cutting corners. If he makes a mistake in the middle of a pass, he starts over and doesn’t attempt to fix it. Most of his smaller projects he gets done in 3 days and some of the larger ones require 3 weeks.
“My day job welding stainless earns a living, and the things I build at home are for fun. The exciting thing is watching whatever I’m working on growing before my eyes. Welding still fascinates me as much today as it did when I was 13 and just an observer. I don’t think I’ll ever stop unless I get arthritis and my hands won’t work anymore.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Malcolm Sullivan (email@example.com).
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