Creative Friends & Influences: Metal Worker Andy Parent

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 06-23-2014 12:51 PM 3036 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the greatest things I enjoy as a professional woodworker and remodeling contractor, are the connections that I have with other artisans and craftsmen. By surrounding myself with other artists, it constantly challenges and expands my creative vision. Among those is a good friend and metal working talent, Andy Parent. Andy’s unique vision for metal work has greatly influenced my own ideas for design.

That’s Andy sitting on the King’s Throne which was under construction at the time. (I made all of the wood components.)

Andy’s metal working business, Iron Ox Inc, is located just down the street a couple blocks from my own shop. With his shop being so close, we see each other on a pretty regular basis, and the conversations we have are very stimulating as the sparks of creativity fly.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate on some projects with Andy, and we often call on each other to hash out design ideas or to gain a different perspective from a fresh set of eyes.

Andy has a great balance of technical ability for working metal and artistic madness. If you met him personally, within the first few minutes you would understand the artistic madness comment, but this picture of him with Poseidon’s Trident might give you a glimpse.

To get another look at Andy, his nephew has produced this video as part of his college cinematography course: The Moments We Steel by Jared West.

OK, I am unable to embed video here in the blog. It seems like embedding video does not work as easily as it used to so you will have to use the link. (I find this very frustrating.)

Andy has had a positive and energizing effect on myself as an artist and craftsman. You can check out some of his work at his site: Iron Ox.

To stay energized as an artist, make friends with other artists. It really keeps the mojo flowing.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

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Andy sent me some pictures so you could see the final installation of the King’s Chairs and some fireplace chairs with ottoman. -Thanks Andy!

Images property of Andy Parent of Iron Ox Design and used with his permission

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 01:14 PM

If art is art than artists are artists…no wonder why the two of you hit it off. I love the chair. Sorry I wish I could help you with the video.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 01:32 PM

Napaman – I find the connections I have to other artists to be one of my most valuable treasures.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 01:34 PM

You said a mouthful when you said ‘fresh set of eyes”. A number of times I have called upon my chip carving mentor for those eyes and after talking to him I was like, I knew that why didn’t I see that. LOL! Thanks for sharing!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 01:40 PM

Napaman – I forgot to mention, I did the wood for the King’s throne chair. We did a pair of them as part of a larger set of furniture, all of which I did the wood components.

Roger – I always appreciate the level of of work you do. Just by your success as a woodworker, I would have no doubt you have mentors and other artists that influence you as well, and you understand fully what I shared.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-23-2014 03:42 PM

That trident rocks! Always good to surround yourself with other creative folks, no matter what they do.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 03:50 PM

I remember you mentioning Andy a couple of times before.
It’s nice to have a friend with creative juices, and talent to make it materialize.

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 05:56 PM

Andy’s got a gift, no doubt. Kind of guy I’d like to have a beer and a nice chat with. Looks like a good partnership for you, Todd.

Is there a pic of that finished throne somewhere?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 06-23-2014 05:57 PM

Good writeup…good video.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#9 posted 06-23-2014 06:20 PM

Don – I will have to see if I can get a finished photo of the King’s Throne. He actually made 2 of them for a basement bar area in a big log home in North Dakota.

Sitting in the chair gives a sense of power. Here I am sentencing one of my minions to no TV and lots of woodworking!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 06-24-2014 01:28 AM

Makes a gr8 story Todd. Gr8 stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 12:57 AM

For the last three years i have been trying to hook with a partner in welding, metal work etc. Have one who introduced me to welding. So i took the plunge and to my wife’s dismay i now own a 350-350 A C D C Lincoln and a small Lincoln mig Just got an older plasma cutter all on craigslist now to stir up the creative juices ! Tod you are a lucky man and what a great story.

-- mike so cal

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#12 posted 06-27-2014 03:10 AM

...AAAHHH, he’s pointing at MEEEE! Yes, MASTER, I will do more woodworking, and NO TV! AEIEEE!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 07-09-2014 01:02 PM

I just posted an update to the entry above to share the final images of the furniture design of Andy Parent. Being around Andy is a great inspiration to what I do, and getting to collaborate – KaBAM! The creative sparks really fly!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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