|A discarded metal cone takes on a new life as an over-sized bell.|
Ray Hammar, owner of Blue Collar Artwork is a fun guy who likes to play with metal. Turning discarded ‘junk’ into interesting pieces that nurseries and homeowners are clamoring for takes ingenuity, guts and a good dose of charisma, all of which Ray seems to have in abundance. That’s not to say Ray isn’t artistic – but he sets himself apart as being very down to earth and up for a challenge regardless of how much work or time might be involved. I recently caught up with him at one of my favorite funky nurseries; Dragonfly Farms Nursery near Kingston, WA. I had suggested Ray meet the nursery owner Heidi Kaster………..by the time I arrived Heidi had scrambled into the back of Ray’s old pickup truck and declared “I want all of it!” Sadly that load was for another local nursery but you can be sure Heidi will be getting some great pieces very soon.