If you have ever wondered about how metal artist do their thing, take a sec and watch Chris's video, it's really cool!
Where to find Metalogical:
Hi, my name is Chris. I make metal products by hand. My wife helps out with the business side of things, design, and occasionally some metalwork. We have a two year-old daughter who does her best to make sure we don’t work too much! I have always had in interest in metalwork, but I didn’t get totally hooked until I discovered blacksmithing and the heat of the forge. I put a great deal of care into each piece I create to ensure only the highest quality work is sent out to my customers.
easygoing, honest, introvert, quirky, idealistic
2. What five words best describe your work?
useful, simple, fun, durable, affordable
3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
It may not meet a strict definition of art form, but building custom motorcycles is what originally got me into metalwork. I used to work on my first motorcycle a little. Then when I bought another bike, a vintage motorcycle, it had some problems, so I thought I might as well tear it down and build something unique. I have one right now that I am finishing up. The cool thing about trying to build motorcyles is that you can potentially get into all areas of metalwork.
I've had a lot of bad jobs, but the hardest job I ever had was working for my father-in-law's lawn service business. I ended up working for him off and on while I was getting started in metalwork. I ran the mowers, which were the walk behind commercial type. Sometimes, we'd put in over 12 hours in a day with just a few short breaks. That's a lot of walking. There were times, especially during heat waves, where I thought I might just lie down and die. I don't think I'll ever have a harder job than that, so no matter how hot it gets forging in the shop, I can think about that job and it puts things in perspective. I also learned a lot about running a small business from my father-in-law.
It's my full-time career. I'm still working on making a full-time living at it, but I pursue it full-time. I'd have to say my favorite part is the freedom that comes with working for yourself.
6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
Make sure you keep creating. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut and feel like things aren't going exactly how I planned. I'll stop working on whatever I'm doing right then, and do something totally unrelated, that still requires some creativity. I'll work on a motorcycle project, for example, or fix some tool that I've been meaning to get to for a long time. It kind of presses the reset button for me and often leads to other ideas. Oh yeah, and if you are going to be working from home and selling on the internet, don't forget to brush your teeth!
I like selling online because I barely even have to leave the house . Well, except to go to the mailbox and run errands. I'm going to try to get more involved locally, though. The only trouble with running an internet craft business from home is that when you get busy, you really never leave the house. I'm trying to incorporate some things that will get me out there in the world a bit more.
9. Favorite artist?
There are so many genres and mediums that could be called art that I would have a tough time choosing just one.
Hmm … I think I need the top five format for this question. Just kidding – I'll go with staying up too late and watching streaming movies on Netlfix in bed.
~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
Chris has generously offered one winner their choice of ANYTHING (pick one item) from his Etsy Shop!
- Go to Chris's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative! Tell us how you would use it, why it appeals to you, what you find unique about it....that sort of thing).
You may enter only once (but keep reading for the loophole on that). The contest is open until 4pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.
IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).
Bonus Entries- **You can earn an extra entry for each of the following: Follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook. Both links are on the right-hand sidebar. Just make sure you note that you did these in your comment below (no need to leave multiple comments, you'll get an entry for each thing you do, just put it all into one comment)!**
Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your responses...so make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.
~~ Last Week's Winner: Melissa (the one who's email begins with 'wolverina' ~~