Zachariah Van Tongeren's Profile
Recycled tin cans are transformed into handcrafted candleholders and custom “candeliers” throwing dancing patterns of light wherever they are placed. These works of art are functional and aesthetically pleasing products, which are both environmentally and socially responsible.
Peter Van Tongeren was a welder by trade until 1969 when a broken leg created boredom and inspired the marriage of welding and discarded tin cans. The marriage continued for 15 years until the itch to open a Santa Fe Trading post temporarily distracted him. In 1992, two broken legs again created boredom and rekindled his love for artistic welding. Zach Van Tongeren began assisting his father with the business shortly after the accident at the age of 9, learning the trade and becoming proficient, until the age of 17 when he took the craft under his own wing. Zach’s enlisted service in the military in 2001 created anothe...
- Born on June 25
- Joined June 5, 2009
- Zachariah Van Tongeren
- Las Cruces, NM, United States