Screwball Paperweight

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Fred Conlon


Fred Conlon created by

Fred Conlon

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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.

Fred Conlon

created by

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."

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Made in the USA

Made from
recycled steel
6" L; 20+ ounces
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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Screwball Paperweight has been discontinued. Once it sells out, it will no longer be available.

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