One of the greatest things I enjoy as a professional woodworker and remodeling contractor, are the connections that I have with other artisans and craftsmen. By surrounding myself with other artists, it constantly challenges and expands my creative vision. Among those is a good friend and metal working talent, Andy Parent. Andy’s unique vision for metal work has greatly influenced my own ideas for design.
That’s Andy sitting on the King’s Throne which was under construction at the time. (I made all of the wood components.)
Andy’s metal working business, Iron Ox Inc, is located just down the street a couple blocks from my own shop. With his shop being so close, we see each other on a pretty regular basis, and the conversations we have are very stimulating as the sparks of creativity fly.
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate on some projects with Andy, and we often call on each other to hash out design ideas or to gain a different perspective from a fresh set of eyes.
Andy has a great balance of technical ability for working metal and artistic madness. If you met him personally, within the first few minutes you would understand the artistic madness comment, but this picture of him with Poseidon’s Trident might give you a glimpse.
To get another look at Andy, his nephew has produced this video as part of his college cinematography course: The Moments We Steel by Jared West.
OK, I am unable to embed video here in the blog. It seems like embedding video does not work as easily as it used to so you will have to use the link. (I find this very frustrating.)
Andy has had a positive and energizing effect on myself as an artist and craftsman. You can check out some of his work at his site: Iron Ox.
To stay energized as an artist, make friends with other artists. It really keeps the mojo flowing.
Your friend in the shop,
Todd A. Clippinger
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Andy sent me some pictures so you could see the final installation of the King’s Chairs and some fireplace chairs with ottoman. -Thanks Andy!
Images property of Andy Parent of Iron Ox Design and used with his permission
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com