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UK guy welds metal scraps into wood burners designed as pop culture characters

Before the advent of electric heating, wood burners helped families heat their homes during the cold season by, well, burning wood. Nowadays, though, wood burners are experiencing a resurgence, thanks to backyard bonfires (read: garden waste burning), and outdoor cooking. Because of this, a metal worker from Preston, United Kingdom named Danny Lyons thought of a very creative way to expand their family business from metal fabrication and welding to handcrafted wood burners.

In an interview with POP!, Lyons explained that their family business was established 15 years ago. Aside from the usual fabrication of gates, railings, and structural steel, Lyons is also into upcycling things. For years now, he’s been making useful pieces of art made from scraps and spare parts, which are hand-welded by him. This love of scrap hand-welding has encouraged him to create the Trash Metal Fabrications, which has been in operation for more than five years now.

Most of his recycled art was inspired by well-known characters like the Despicable Me Minions, R2D2, Darth Vader, and the Witch-king of Angmar. Here are some other examples of his steel art:

Photo credit: Instagram.com/trash_metal_fabrications
Photo credit: Instagram.com/trash_metal_fabrications
Photo credit: Instagram.com/trash_metal_fabrications
Photo credit: Instagram.com/trash_metal_fabrications

Combining his interest of science fiction with his hand-welding expertise, Lyons was able to assemble every piece into a fiery work of art. He sells these products online from £100 (Php 6,200) to £2000 (Php 124,600), depending on the size and quality of items.

Based on his Instagram account, he has already created hundreds of these handcrafted wood burners. But Lyons does have his own personal favourites.

“My favourite build up to now was the Dalek, just because it was the biggest and most complex to make. I really like the TIE Fighter as well though.”



Lyons’ metal artworks also happen to be his main source of income while he continues to manage their family business.


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