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wrench desk caddy and pliers pencil cup

by Fred Conlon
Handmade
Recycled
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  • the story

Office Hardware

Get desk accessories that get the job done. This rough and tough desk caddy and pencil cup are handmade by artist Fred Conlon from reclaimed tools and metals. The pencil cup consists of a metal cup affixed on a tripod made of pliers in a very raw and gritty manner. The desk caddy combines wrenches, rusted metal and a large nut and bolt to create a business card or sticky note holder and scotch tape dispenser. Conlon applies his raw and rugged welding style to these inventive and interesting pieces that will definitely toughen up your desk area. Handmade in Utah. Sold separately.

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

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
16025
Made from
recycled steel
Measurements
pencil cup: 6" H;
desk caddy: 4" H x 7" W x 3" D
Notes
Due to the recycled nature of the pencil cups, we are unable to offer a choice, but the color can vary and be either gray (as shown), red or white. Note paper not included.
  • 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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WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP
 
3.7

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (39)
  • Attractive (38)
  • Unique (28)
  • Bright (5)
  • Fun (3)

Cons

  • Low quality (4)
  • Gaudy (3)

Best Uses

  • Office (33)
  • Gifts (13)
  • Desk (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (22), Practical (21), Stylish (19), Midrange shopper (18), High-end shopper (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (19)

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5.0

Perfect "1 of a kind gift"

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from Latrobe, Pa

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Bright
  • Durable
  • Unique
  • Unique and oh-so-cute

Cons

    Best Uses

    • GarageWorkshop
    • Gifts

    Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

    If you scout around for that perfect "unique" gift for the handyman in your life. You will not be disappointed with this catalog!The unusual business card holder/pencil holder that I purchased for my husband has been the envy of the neighborhood guys who frequent his "man cave"!I especially liked the note about the history of it's creator. Ordinary nuts, bolts, wrenches etc,that have seen better days and have been retired to the junk yard have been turned into a "1 of a kind" conversation piece!! BRILLIANT !! Thank youUNCOMMON GOODS for bringing such unique items to your customers!! Kathy [@]

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    5.0

    awesome desk accessory

    By 

    from pa

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gifts

      Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

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      5.0

      Great gift idea

      By 

      from austin, texas

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Had to buy individually

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Office

      Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

      I bought this with the other items similar as a gift set for my boss who is hard to buy for and loves tools. He loved them all!
      I would suggest getting them all together for impact. You should offer them at a price break if you buy them all.

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      5.0

      Great gift set

      By 

      from austin, texas

      About Me Midrange Shopper

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Needs more function

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Office

      Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

      I bought this as a gift for my boss, who has everything and loves tools. He loved it!

      Service and delivery comments:

      I received my items quickly and well wrapped.

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      4.0

      Unique Gift for Handy-Business Man

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      from Kodiak, AK

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Office

      Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

      I bought these as Christmas gifts for my step-father-in-law who is an architect but also quite the handyman. They were perfect! Very unique gifts and he absolutely loved them. My only complaint is that they were a tiny bit expensive for what you get, but all in all, worth it

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      5.0

      Unique gift

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      from FL

      About Me Midrange Shopper

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Office

        Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

        The gift was well received! Sometimes it is difficult to find 'that' gift for the mechanic-business owner in my family. This was a great combination of uniqueness and function.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Well packaged and quick delivery.

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        5.0

        Great, Unique Gift

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        from NYC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gifts
          • Office

          Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

          Bought the wrench desk caddy. Loved the styling and color (steel gray like the picture), as did the gift recipient! Added bonus that the wrench said "Pittsburgh" - which is where the recipient lives. Pencil cup slightly smaller than expected, but certainly gets its job done! Definitely a conversation piece.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Incredibly fast delivery - especially for the holidays. Purchase arrived in excellent condition.

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          5.0

          Pliers Pencil Cup - Rock On!

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          from Bend OR

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Office
            • Outdoors

            Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

            Industrial design meets everyday practicality.

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            4.0

            unique gift for handyman

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            from Lexington, KY

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Unique

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Office

            Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

            I ordered this a gift for a guy who has a desk job but is a handyman as well. This is perfect for him and different than anything else I have ever given him.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Shipped same day that I ordered it and arrived within two days (without paying extra). During the holiday seasons, it doesn't get any better than that!

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            1.0

            "Overpriced for quality of product"

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            from CA

            About Me Budget Shopper

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Low Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about WRENCH DESK CADDY AND PLIERS PENCIL CUP:

                Bought this product as a gift and when I saw it I was embarrassed to give as gift, will be returning. Is smaller than I thought and looks very middle-school metal shopish....

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