Do You Do Custom Work?
Yes, but with one warning. If you have something you really value like an antique or family heirloom, then make a replica. I am as careful as I can be when working, but things do happen. This is more of a warning for items that easily break. There’s a difference between making an old tailgate into a bench or adding a light to great-grandma’s vintage camera. Come by my shop and we can discuss any custom work you want to do.
If I Have Something Can You Turn it Into a Lamp?
Yes. Anything can be turned into a lamp. That’s mostly what I do during my shop’s open hours. If you want to get a better idea of what we can do then come down to Lockjaw Garage and bring down whatever you want to turn into a lamp. I can take a look at it then and there and talk to you about what you want.
Where Do You Get Your Materials?
I’m a huge fan of Craigslist. You find some wild and fun stuff there. I also use eBay for more specific items and can do custom work with something that you supply. The cost is a little lower if you bring something because I won’t need to buy it for you.
How Do You Manufacture Rust?
There’s a chemical called ferrous nitrate that another artist told me about. The process starts with me gently stripping off any paint or repairs made. Once we get down to the original finish, I apply liquid ferrous nitrate directly and use a blowtorch to seal the rust. The result is authentic-looking rust that adds texture and color.
What Are Your Shop Hours?
Lockjaw Garage is open from Monday-Saturday, 5pm-9pm. The best time to catch me working there is Monday-Thursday because I’m usually at events for the rest of the week. If I’m there, then I’m happy to drop whatever I’m doing to give you a tour and introduce you to my work. If you’re coming specifically for a tour or to see me work then give me a call ahead of time. We even have some free flavored water and coffee you can purchase. You’re welcomed to stay and hang out and wander around the shop for as long as you want.