GILSGARDEN

Re-use of Misdirected Flatware

East Haddam, Connecticut · 31 Sales

GILSGARDEN

Re-use of Misdirected Flatware

East Haddam, Connecticut 31 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   All of my items are made from recycled stainless flatware (forks,spoons,knives). I select pieces for each creation and cut them, shape them and weld them into the items you see on this page. No two are exactly alike. Each creation has it's own character. Enjoy your browsing and know that when you buy one of these creations that they are solidly welded and will last for generations. Thank You.

Announcement

All of my items are made from recycled stainless flatware (forks,spoons,knives). I select pieces for each creation and cut them, shape them and weld them into the items you see on this page. No two are exactly alike. Each creation has it's own character. Enjoy your browsing and know that when you buy one of these creations that they are solidly welded and will last for generations. Thank You.

John Gilchrist

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Shelly Buchanan

Shelly Buchanan on Dec 24, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This was a perfect gift for a gardener friend who admired a similar one I have. Loved it! Fast, fast shipping! Will order again.

Anonymous on Jul 5, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Exactly as promised....... Perfect!!! Thanks!

Anonymous on Mar 2, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE this guy! So well made and creative!

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Re-use of Misdirected Flatware

I started welding together some thrown out stainless flatware for my family and friends. The first was a dragonfly from butter knives, then came hummingbirds, daisies, roses and my sister's request for Don Quixote. People said I should sell my stuff, so I started buying used flatware from flea markets and tag sales. I picked out pieces that were high quality, attractive and not too badly marred. I've recycled stainless flatware from makers such as ONEIDA, WM. A. ROGERS, LENOX, Reed & Barton, Mikasa, WALLACE, Hampton and Towle just to name a few. I imagine a project then go through my collection of flatware to find just the right combination to create my art. Some things take days, and some hours, to complete. If I have a set of flatware that works for a certain project, then I can make more than one of something ... Like dragonflies or praying mantises. Roses are a little tougher, because they take 3 different size spoons and four of each size. A praying mantis takes six forks for the legs alone. I spend a lot of time sorting though flatware, but I love getting to a finished product and everyone seems to love them. I do special requests too, like frogs and turtles. At first I wasn't painting and my wife suggested that I needed some color, so I started painting a few pieces. All of my pieces are TIG welded with stainless steel rod for a very strong bond. These items will last outdoors for a long long time. Enjoy browsing my shop. You can see more of the projects I'm working on at http://www.facebook.com/ForkArt. Thanks.

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  • John

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've been welding for over 30 years now, specializing in stainless steel and just within the last year got inspiration from tossed out flatware and my daughter's love of dragonflies and created a dragonfly for her from a few butter knives.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 6, 2012
Welcome to GILSGARDEN/Re-use of Misdirected Flatware ... I take cast out flatware, stare at it for a few hours, then turn it into something completely different ... Sometimes I use the imaginations of others ... thus Don Quixote, gheckos, bunnies and a Teddy Bear ... Taking spoon bending to a whole new level.
I use only stainless steel flatware and handpick all of it for suitability for my projects ... looking for unique designs and quality in each piece. I do not buy new, only used or discarded flatware, therefore there may be evidence of wear and tear. Every item I make is unique in its' own way and wire brushed for a uniform finish and clearcoated or painted.

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Payment
I accept PayPal as my standard payment method. If you are unable to use PayPal and would like to arrange an additional payment method, please contact me.
Shipping
All items are shipped by US Postal Service unless otherwise noted. Larger pieces (over 10 lbs) will most likely be shipped by UPS and I'll be happy to let you know which carrier will be used at the time of purchase. I'll always provide a tracking number when available and ship within 2-3 days of your order. I send shipping notices to your etsy account through the etsy contact system. If you don't often check the email address associated with your etsy account, please leave a better contact method in the "notes to seller" section of the order screen so that I can send you tracking info.
Refunds and Exchanges
If, for any reason, you were not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you can return it to me within 7 days of reception, in undamaged condition, and I will refund its price to you upon reception. I do not refund shipping cost though unless it arrived damaged..

If you have any problem with the transaction, please contact me so the problem can be resolved
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom items are always available upon request. They may take a little longer to create. Pictures and drawings are a big help for any special requests.

Also, remember my sculptures are made from spoons, forks and knives and are not meant for children ... there will be sharp edges and points, though I do try to dull some of them down.