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reclaimed tool bowl

by Tammy Roy
Handmade
Recycled
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  • the story

Salvage-Yard Centerpiece

An industrial work of art, this reclaimed tool bowl features discarded screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches and whatever else artist Tammy Roy can get her hands on.

The discarded pieces are collected by the artist herself from various steel manufacturers before she arranges them and then welds them all together.

"I am literally inside of their dumpsters picking through and separating pieces that inspire me," Tammy says. "I never know what I'm going to come across, and as a result, I never know what it will ultimately transform into."

Perfectly pieced together, this salvage-yard centerpiece proves that beauty and inspiration can be found in the most surprising of places. Handmade in Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
18199
Made from
recycled steel
Measurements
Approx. 19" dia. x 3.5" H
Notes
not recommended for food.
  • the maker

Tammy Roy

Tammy Roy hails from Stratford, Wisconsin, a town of 1,523 people. "My parents were, and still are, workaholics who owned several small businesses including a repair shop, school bus company, gas station, car wash and the list goes on," Tammy says. "Needless to say, my brother and I were forced into slave labor at a very young age and worked in the family businesses."

Tammy has a background in graphic design, but has always been interested in creating things out of metal, especially reclaimed metal. Tammy says it stems from her mom's "hobby" of rummaging through industrial dumpsters and scrap yards for interesting pieces.

"I've learned a lot from my mom, who is the ultimate dumpster diver and also a recycle-based artist," Tammy says. "And unlike most mothers and daughters, you won't see us in the malls, but instead pulling scraps of steel from salvage yards"

After a few welding lessons from her dad, Tammy started her own line of bowls and home accessories made from recycled materials.

"My favorite finds come from mountains of twisted and mangled steel at the local scrap yard. I never know what I'm going to come across, and as a result, I never know what it will ultimately transform into. But the process is completely intoxicating and I can't imagine doing anything else."

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL
 
3.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Unique (10)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large rooms (4)
  • Living room (4)
  • Gifts (3)
  • Kitchen (3)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High-end shopper (9), Midrange shopper (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (10), No (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Reviewed by 16 customers

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1.0

Very Disappointing - Not What I Expected

By 

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Midrange Shopper

Pros

  • Conversation piece
  • Unique

Cons

  • Dirty
  • Not as pictured
  • Too costly
  • Too large

Best Uses

    Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

    I was given this "bowl" as a gift, and while it's definitely a unique conversation piece, my fiancee and I were very disappointed. We'd admired this bowl for years on the website and finally registered for it as a wedding gift. When it arrived, just taking it out of the packaging made our hands black and dirty with grease. The piece was filthy, much larger than the dimensions online, and it was built around a center element that is raised off the ground/table more than 2 inches, making the bowl very unsteady. We were so disappointed that we're returning it. It was not the beautiful, clean, silver-ish work of art that we hoped for. Instead, it was grimy, oversized, wobbly and made up of some nice looking tools with a lot of other ugly, rusty, dirty items.

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    5.0

    Just What I Imagined! I love It!

    By 

    from Nebraska

    About Me High-end Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Liked by everyone
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

        I'm really enjoying it. It's a conversation piece.

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        5.0

        Fantastic art object!

        By 

        from Chicago

        About Me High-end Shopper

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gifts
          • Kitchen
          • Living Room

          Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

          The artist did a fantastic job of mixing objects, making it a lot of fun to look at as new items seem to "pop out" that you don't notice at first. Mine has the head of a socket wrench that still turns, a long antique key, industrial shears, etc. This is incredibly well done (it's very clear that the person making it has an eye vs. just welding together whatever happened to be at hand). Per some of the other reviews, yes, this is expensive. However, having received the bowl, I can say that for the amount of work that went into it and for how well it was done I think this is actually a steal.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          great gift

          By 

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Unique

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Gifts
          • Living Room
          • Office

          Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

          This was given as a gift and was well received.The recipient wanted to send some old tools he found in his garage as a thank you to the artist. [...]

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          Reclaimed Tool Bowl

          By 

          from Tacoma, WA

          About Me High-end Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts

            Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

            I purchased this as a gift for a "gear head" friend. While it was what I thought it would be, after receiving the item I think the price was a bit too high.[...]

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By 

            from Iowa City, Iowa

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Living Room
              • Office

              Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

              This product is unique in many ways. The tools that were used and the size of the bowl. You keep looking at it and notice old/new materials that are connected in this bowl. Very durable and worth the cost!

              Service and delivery comments:

              I had to call several times to know if I was going to get this item before Christmas. I had no idea that this was coming from the artist and not the company. Overall, did get it in time and the wait was worth it!!!!!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              3.0

              [...]

              By 

              from Texas

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Kitchen
                • Office

                Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

                Great piece [...]

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                 
                2.0

                Less a bowl. More of a wall hanging.

                By 

                from West Palm Beach Florida

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique

                Cons

                • Delicate

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

                  This product is very unique, but too large and impractical to use as a "bowl" [...] Because it was described as a bowl, I expected to be able to use it. It really is better suited to a table centerpiece or wall hanging, in which case a hanger of some king should be included.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  surprised by the size

                  By 

                  from San Antonio

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Rooms

                    Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

                    It is larger than I expected. It could be used as a centerpiece on a table, or maybe a magazine/mail holder.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    I would recommend these unique products.

                    By 

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me High-end Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Clean

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Rooms

                    Comments about RECLAIMED TOOL BOWL:

                    Kudos to the artist! This is an original idea and makes one think "Why didn't I think of that?" This unique item is a gift for my husband who will love the originality of the bowl.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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