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Iron Chinchilla

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Iron Chinchilla

Started in 2001, the Iron Chinchilla combines the talents of Patrick Neuwirth and Michael Holloway. By combining our talents we bring together the relationship between art, architecture and design. Our objective is to create original artwork that stirs the imagination and the soul with fluidity of motion, vibrant color, texture and form.

The personality of each piece of furniture created by the Iron Chinchilla begins with the steel. The color, texture and rigidity vary from mill to mill. So with each order placed, although the dimensions of the iron remain the same, the characteristics vary greatly. The "creator" chooses not to see this as a negative, letting the steel dictate how it is going to perform and then pushing it to those limits.

The Iron comes in 20 foot sticks that are cut down to the appropriate lengths. A tape measure is used to adhere to the laws of ergonomics, like the seat height on a chair, but does not play a role in the design. The "creator" prefers to eyeball each cut as the project begins to take shape. This process ensures that each piece of functional art develops not by the dictation of measurements, but by the flow of inspiration and imagination.

Each bend, whether subtle or dramatic, is formed using only a simple vise and an assortment of "cheater bars". From there, the construction of the project relies greatly on the welds. With more than fifteen years of experience in the welding field, great pride is taken in both the look and the strength of each weld no matter how small. Using the welding electrode in much the same way a potter uses clay, several welds are layered one on top of the other when connecting the pieces and forming the structure. A grinder is used to achieve a seamless transition from one curve to the next.

Once the construction is completed, the entire project is brushed down with a cup brush attached to a grinder. Spinning at a rate of 10,000 rpm, it removes much of the scale and slag from the welds and gives the item a more uniformed appearance. A grinder with an abrasive paper disk attached to a rubber backing pad is then used to achieve the burnished look that is becoming a Chinchilla trademark.

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Iron Chinchilla