I use very simple fabrication techniques: welding, torch cutting and grinding. My amazement grows as I learn more about metal and machines and how much physical effort goes into forming the complex shapes that I find in the junkyard.
The longer I make things out of scrap, the more important the scrap is to me. I am driven by a desire for more, better scrap. I collect it all the time; I often travel hundreds of miles to go to a good yard. I have accumulated over 100,000 pounds after 10 years of collecting. Once I have organized, categorized, and arranged the scrap, I walk around my own yard just looking and letting the materials inspire me. I try to use the steel conservatively and well. I often find that as I design I have exactly what I need, just the right number of gears or the exact length of chain to solve whatever problem I’m working on. When this happens it makes me feel as if I must be doing the right thing.