Saturday, February 13, 2016

Air Force Veteran Creates Motorcycles From Spoons

Jame Rice holding one of his unique creations using discarded silver spoons

Air Force Veteran James Rice, of Tacoma, WA. is one creative dude.  James flattens, bends, twists, and shapes spoons by hand and turns them into art. “Everything on his chopper is spoons; engine, wheels, tires, gas tank. He truly sees how to make the unassuming spoon into something most of us would have never thought of.”

James is a 23 year Air Force veteran, who now works on Joint Base Lewis McChord as a civilian helicopter inspector. Even though he often works around 60 hours a week, he also works on his creations nearly every night.

His Motorcycle Art shimmers in the Washington State Sunshine

James has come up with some very creative ways to bend and shape them, all without heating or hammering, to leave the original  shape of the spoon he started with and form them into motorcycle art. So he’s able to give them the desired shape without spoiling their original beauty.

Another view of this amazing beauty

“I was good in art,” he later revealed. “I could draw, but I really liked taking things apart and putting them back together. I made my own bikes. I restored cars, built motors. In middle school, I built a mini bike. Anything that had a motor in it, I was intrigued.”

Absolutely amazing craftsmanship 

Rice, 51, has a longtime dream of building his own custom motorcycle, but finances have never allowed for it. He started working out ideas for his dream using spoons left from some of his wife's projects. He decided, after building his first spoon motorcycle, every one after would be made completely out of spoons. To date, he has completed six spoon motorcycles, and is currently working on his seventh.

It is all in the details

Now that Rice has used up all the extra spoons lying around the house, he and his wife Jeny Buckley spend their free time looking for more spoons at thrift stores and yard sales. And their friends regularly bring over spare spoons as well. Buckley, who names the models after animals they remind her of, revealed that it now takes Rice months to complete each one.

Attention to detail is a must with Motorcycle Artist Jame Rice

 “The Wasp took him about nine months,” she said. “That’s when he made some custom tools to bend and shape them without hammering. The Owl took about four and a half months. They wouldn’t take as long if that was all he did, but he usually works around 60 hours a week at his regular job.”

The "Bagger"

Rice’s latest creation, named ‘The Bagger’, is 21 inches long and weighs a little over seven pounds. After winning three awards at Washington State Fair’s Fine Art Show, it is now available for sale on Etsy, priced at $3,899.99.

 People from all around the world, have shared his creations. 

 More information including purchasing can be found at the following links:

Everlasting Spoonful on Etsy
Everlasting Spoonful on Facebook