Can you believe this was once a discarded 55 gallon drum?
In Alaska we become resourceful, in almost every area of our daily living. As artists who have to have most of our materials shipped in we are always looking for what we have on hand to use in some of our creations. The 55 gallon drum is made of special alloys that seem to be very receptive to our hammer. We can move the metal a little easier with the hammer. The patina seems to have a little more depth. Just to prepare the drum for use in itself is work. Both ends must be cut off, then the drum is cut so we can encourage it to be flat. Respirators must be worn as we grind to remove any paint residue. It is only then that we have a piece of usable steel to begin our creations. We honor the great humpbacks that come to visit Kachemak Bay. You can imagine how your heart pumps when out kayaking to have one surface near. We love where we live.
Dimensions: 22 inche long
8 inches tall