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screwball paperweight

by Fred Conlon
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
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  • the story

Weapon of Mirth Distraction

Is it a paperweight? A work of art? Yes, but at its heart, this curious metal object is actually a groan-inducing, visual joke. Using recycled steel parts, artist Fred Conlon combines a heavyweight screw with a metal ball, suggesting a suitable name for someone with a wacky sense of humor. Perfect for any office pun-slinger, it sits on the desk, innocently inviting passers-by to ask: "What is that thing, anyway?" Handmade in Utah.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
20953
Made from
recycled steel
Measurements
6" L; 20+ ounces
  • the maker
Fred Conlon

Fred Conlon

Raised in Colorado, Fred Conlon lives now in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he makes garden sculptures out of recovered objects. For his helmet sculptures, he uses real recovered World War II helmets. "It is very satisfying to transform something once used in war into a peaceful garden decoration," he says. His work has been featured in Niche Magazine, the Salt Lake Tribune and HGTV. What would he be if he weren't an artist? "Happy...just kidding!" he answers. "I can't imagine doing anything else."

Click here to view a video of how Fred Conlon creates his art! collection

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Screwball Paperweight
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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4.0

Great Gift

By 

from Rahway, NJ

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Office

    Comments about Screwball Paperweight:

    Great gift, father liked it and it is a good conversational piece in his office.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Father
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    4.0

    It's screwy

    By 

    from San Diego, Ca

    About Me Midrange Shopper

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Conversation piece
      • Gifts
      • Office

      Comments about Screwball Paperweight:

      My son loved this. he thought it would be a great thing to have around a workshop or a place of business as a conversation piece.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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      5.0

      This cracked the office up

      By 

      from Tennessee

      About Me High-end Shopper

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Office

        Comments about Screwball Paperweight:

        This got placed front and center in my office to be used as a paperweight for all that annoying incoming snail mail. Admin and mail folks didn't get the hint, so I placed a small "MAIL" label on it until they caught on. Then the fun began as folks tried to figure out what it was. Unique and a good laugh. I'm trying to work up the nerve to buy the same artist's '*-bomb' work to see what office chatter that might create.

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        Q and A

        When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

        399votes, 61 comments

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        Artist Fred Conlon has been creating fantastic art for UncommonGoods for years, so of course we're excited about this quirky new design! Would his latest design make a great gift for your favorite screwball?

        Renee
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        What's the point?

        g
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        $50 for a screw? don't get it.

        Heather
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Overpriced.


        It's a little weird, but I could see someone liking it. How much does it weigh?

        sarah
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        This is strange and expensive - not in a good way.

        Laura
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Funny and on par with your "F-bomb" paperweight, but seriously, who uses paperweights anymore?

        Mari
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I don't really understand it.

        Nikole
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Dumb

        Jennifer
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I love Fred Conlon's work, but this one doesn't interest me.

        k
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Expensive for a gag gift...

        Catherine
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Were this a one-of-a-kind or one of only .. say 50, perhaps the price for art would work; however for a mass produced 'joke'? No way.

        michelle
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        price!

        judith
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        bizaare and expensive. Could be percieved as a weapon if used on work desk

        judy

        overpriced

        Kristin
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Too expensive...

        Jane
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Stupid.

        david
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Fred might want to reconsider his asking price.

        Sarah
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        .....um.... seriously?

        josie

        cute, but in this day and age, a huge waste of time and material.

        Michelle
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Too expensive for a paperweight.

        Lara
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        too expensive for a joke...

        Marcia
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I am still not really sure what it stands for.

        Christine
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Too expensive for me to purchase, but like the idea.

        Cheryl
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This is funky and unique but the price point is way over priced. Remember we are in a recession. Either lower the price or make it '1 of 100' and this would likely sell to a certain group of people.

        renee
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Love it! I already have the "f" bomb! So clever.

        Maisie
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        $50 for a paperweight????

        Lisa
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Awful....bringing ugly back :(

        DCB
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        And how badly will the sharp end of the screw mess up my paperwork, or wooden shelf??...

        Kelli
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        It's got the form, but what's the function? Too much money for something that would only make a slapstick comedian giggle.

        Lizzie
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        That's a lot of money to spend on a "joke". Sorry, just not worth it in my neighbourhood.

        Kathie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute, comical idea, but too pricey.

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        Thanks for the question! The screwball weighs about 2 pounds.

        Emmie
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I would only buy this is if I wanted to display an expensive weapon on my desk at work.

        Dee
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Cute concept, but way too expensive. :( $ :(

        Alison
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        holy expensive batman!

        Ed
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        [add canned laughter here]

        Nina
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Like it but I wouldn't pay even half that

        Megan
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        f bomb is way funny...this one, not so much

        denise
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        WHY??????

        Ms
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        very cute

        Laurie Beth
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Why?

        Breen
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        it's quirky - which keeps it is line with uncommon goods point of view - i find it amusing ... but $50 is steep!!

        jennifer
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        For a casual gift for an officemate, this is way overpriced.

        Chris
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        eh

        David
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Too expensive. How much does it weigh?

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        Thanks for all of the votes and comments! To answer a few of your questions, the screwball weighs about 2 pounds. It is handmade, using recycled materials and it can be used as a paperweight or displayed anywhere you're looking to get a few laughs. To learn more about the artist, Fred Conlon, click on the link in the Artist/Designer section below the Product Story.

        Alana
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        $50 plus s


        Vote: Thumbs down!

        i think paperweights are wasteful

        Samantha
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I just dont get it...$50, too much.

        Sandy
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Just an overpriced piece of future junk!

        Marianne
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Funny. Great gift idea but totally useless for $50.

        Javon
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        This isn't unique enough for UG. Feels like deja vu .. olive pen holder/sculpture.

        Claire
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Stupid, overpriced paperweight.

        Marilyn
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Expensive joke. I like the thought, but not the price at all, not even close to $50.

        Gina
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Way too expensive for a not-very clever idea

        Kathy
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Silly. Price point is too high. Cute idea for a gag gift...

        Stacey
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Made in USA is good! Just see no need and more than I would be willing to pay for something I am not in love with.

        Jan
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Items like this are too common. How many paperweights can one "pun-slinger have?

        Pam

        whoa! expensive for a knick-knack/joke!

        maria

        Donny: "Hey uncle Don, I gotcha you something!"Uncle Don: "Why you wanna give me gift?! Vat's dis ting?"*uncle Don pauses in contemplation*Uncle Don: "AAAHAHA MAMMA MIA ITS-A SCREWTA-BALLAAhhahaAA!"

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