We have the best fans in the entire Automotive Blogosphere, and we received this tip from Ian (Thanks Man!) about an artist who takes Car, Truck, and Motorcycle parts, and creates unusual furniture. Meet Ronen Wasserman, and he is the creator of these unusual, and unusually beautiful pieces of furniture art. You can purchase pieces through his website, but first, let’s discover some of the art he has created.
According to his site, and in Ronan’s own words:
My work is greatly influenced by my background in mechanical engineering. I enjoy giving a “front seat” to the more minor aspects of these automobile parts, making sure every ounce of potential is squeezed from each one. So many resources are invested in creating these parts – I’m convinced that they can be reused, instead of constantly finding new raw material to work with.
The way I see it, every scar, every deformation, only adds to the worldliness and wisdom that I try to infuse into each piece of furniture – the final product.
I buy the raw materials at different junkyards, where already as I “meet” the piece for the first time, I can picture what the rusty, beat-up piece wants to become. From there, the road to the final, unique product is a long one, sometimes taking months. Most of the effort is spent preserving elements from the part’s “previous life” – indentations, trademarks symbols and so on.
It is important to me that I put true, high quality workmanship into the pieces I create, and produce high end, functional pieces, with a sometimes comical twist. Creating each piece sees the fascinating and exciting use of a myriad of techniques, including (but not limited to): cutting, welding, flattening, panel beating, gluing, drilling, lining, painting and protecting. Through this process, I hope to give these parts a new lease on a long and respectable life.
Pricing for these pieces is not known, but Ian indicated in his email that they cost “lots of shekels, literally. But still cool.” Would you want to own something like this to place in your home? See the Ronin Tinman site, and let me know what you think.