Monday, September 28, 2009

A variation on a theme, another 1948 Harley Davidson FL Chopper

This is the 5th Year of the Chopper bike, a sleek Panhead chopper I call "Top Chef." This was originally going to be what "Jungle Jockey" became, but as I did the front forks and sat them to the frame I decided to go a different direction. It's got a laid back look with the bigger rake and swept back handlebars. I think the carriage bolts work well for the heads, and the slash cut exhaust looks killer!

Bid on "Top Chef" now!

Bike 89 shot by Izthistaken

Bike 89 shot by Izthistaken

Bike 89 "Top Chef"

Bike 89  "Top Chef"

Friday, September 25, 2009

One take on a '48 panhead

"Jungle Jockey" is a chopper based on a 1948 Harley Davidson FL, it's a panhead powered bike with ape hangers and a jockey shifter. I'm pretty stoked with how the exhaust turned out too!

Bike 90 shit by Izthistaken

Bike 90 shit by Izthistaken

Bike 90 "Jungle Jockey"

More pictures here!

Monday, September 21, 2009

1933 Ford Hot Rod "Fear Factor"

My buddy Kenny and I went on the Hot Rod Power Tour this year, and one of the sponsors was Factory Five Racing. The car that really jumped out at me was their '33 Hot Rod, a ride with the classic look of an old school Ford, but with the chassis of a track star. I've been meaning to do this piece for a while, and when November's issue of HOT ROD showed up and the '33 was on the cover, it was the kick in the butt I needed!

1933 Ford Hot Rod "Fear Factor"

1933 Fear Factor shot by Izthistaken

1933 Fear Factor shot by Izthistaken

1933 Fear Factor shot by Izthistaken

Oh,'s got a removable hard top too!

1933 Fear Factor shot by Izthistaken

1933 Fear Factor shot by Izthistaken

The big block:

1933 Ford Hot Rod "Fear Factor"

The Monster can for size perspective:

1933 Fear Factor 13

Click here to see this car listed in my online store.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This One is All Locked Up

At the end of last week I was getting the itch to make a hot rod, so I scratched it.

I've had this old Masterlock laying around forever. I've tried to make it fit in various projects, and it just never quite felt right. It finally found it's home as the radiator for Lockdown.

These pics were taken by Matt, check out more of his work!

Lockdown shot by Izthistaken

Lockdown shot by Izthistaken

Lockdown shot by Izthistaken

Lockdown shot by Izthistaken

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Strength & Beauty", a metal bra for a cause!

A couple of months ago, our friend(and cancer survivor) Catie Hormel asked my wife if I could make an "art bra" for the Bras for a Cause benefit. Darla obviously thought this was a great idea, and she was certain I'd come up with something terrific...I wasn't quite as positive. Actually, I was pretty skeptical at the start of the project. But I couldn't be happier with the end result! The event was Saturday night, and through a silent auction "Strength & Beauty" raised $400 for Gilda's Club Metro Detroit.

Bras for a Cause

Bra for a Cause

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Buckle Up!

Tattooed Metal. The torch is my gun, rod is my ink, steel is my skin. Tig welded designs on 304 stainless. Every part of the buckle is formed by me.

Knuckle Sandwich

Baseball Buckle

Raised Clenched Fist

"3/8" Belt Buckle

Old English "D"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hot New Shots

My good friend and photographer Matt Trombley came over and got some dope pictures of my last few projects this weekend. You can click on the pics to go to where they are hosted on my Flickr gallery, and there you can enlarge them to their original high resolution.

The second Year of the Chopper bike:

Bike 84 shot by Izthistaken (2)

The '73 Honda Cafe Racer:

Bike 85 shot by Izthistaken

And Alien Robot with Robot Dog:

Alien Robot and Robot Dog shot by Izthistaken

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Dog Pound

I was out in the shop on Wednesday and didn't feel like getting involved in a long project, so I decided to build some metal mutts. Each one is different, and I try to give them each their own personality. Naming them is harder than welding them together!

The Gang

Lil' Pip Squeak (3)


Champ (1)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1973 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

This is bike #85, a commissioned piece based on a '73 Honda cafe racer. With bikes like this, or the Yamaha chopper, this Harley , and this Triumph chopper , it's always tricky to set up the exhaust so that both sides are even and symmetrical.

Bike 85 1973 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Bike 85 1973 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Bike 85 1973 Honda CB450 Cafe Racer