Metal can be cut, bent, welded, bolted, folded,stacked,sanded, shaped. It can make incredible sculptures, weapons, or just simple brackets. Made from Earth’s minerals, steel is a prime building material of our twenty first century and was a discovery Rome turned into swords to conquer the ancient world.

Thom’s shop is full of  heavy steel automobiles from the fifties and sixties, stripped down, in various stages of renovation.Paint and body tools are resting in the shop where they were used last,collecting dust on the hood of a Chevy Pickup or the roof of a Ford mustang. 

Hanging on wire lines in the shop’s paint booth are a deteched hood and car door, suspended from a cable running from one side of the room to the other. The painter can walk around them, unobstructed, wearing his respirator and plastic paint coveralls over an old pair of pants, careful to keep the spray gun moving, not creating runs and catching all the nooks and crannies.

When the final coats of paint are done,my nephew Weston’s  El Camino will be a beauty.

Collectors want their gems to sparkle.

When you put lots of time, thought, and energy into a project you want it to be worth doing.

 

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