These Animal Sculptures Made Entirely Out Of Cutlery Will Amaze You

This is pretty forkin’ cool.

Artist Gary Hovey welded his first flatware animal sculpture back in 2004.

Gary Hovey / Via hoveyware.com

This gorilla is made of over 1,500 stems of flatware.

1. Gary says that his sculptures are about things that he enjoys, “wildlife, welding, and humor.”

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

 

2. He feels that “different patterns in flatware add texture and interest” to his pieces.

Gary Hovey / Via hoveyware.com

Gary never uses molds, so no two sculptures are alike. Prices range from $50 to $5,000.

3. He can only use only stainless steel flatware because of the welding process.

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

 

Silver melts at a much lower temperature than stainless steel, so it gets destroyed by the high heat.

4. Gary’s dad sends him most of the spoons, knives, and forks from Oklahoma.

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

 

5. He scours flea markets and garage sales, and ships the cutlery to Gary.

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

 

Gary jokes on his website, “Our gratitude and sympathy to the USPS, especially our local mail delivery.”

6. Gary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994.

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

 

7. He says that producing the work is therapeutic for him, though it has become increasingly difficult.

Gary Hovey / Via hoveyware.com

8. The time he spends on each sculpture varies from hours to months, depending on the size and detail.

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

Gary Hovey / hoveyware.com

 

9. But they all have one thing in common: they’re flat-out awesome.

Gary Hovey / Via Facebook: Hoveyware

10. Check out more of Gary’s sculptures and follow him on Facebook.

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