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Clever Husband Creates Shiny Motorcycle Sculptures Using Nothing But Old Spoons

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

There’s not a lot you can do with an old, bent piece of silverware, right?

Well, that might be the case for a lot of people, but artist James Rice of Everlasting Spoonful doesn’t see something to throw away — he sees a perfect art supply.

It all started when James’ wife, Jeny, realized she had a whole box of spoons she couldn’t use. Not wanting them to go to waste, Jeny wanted to see if there wasn’t something her creative husband could do with them. “I asked Jim to make something cool for me,” she said.

And the rest is history. After all, if you have a knack for the creative and think outside the box a bit, you can turn even the most mundane of junk into something pretty amazing, like the artist who turned bulky scrap metal into delicate, airy butterfly sculptures.

James immediately knew what he wanted to create with the spoons: motorcycles. He’s always loved cars and motorcycles, and decided to immortalize that love in sculpture. He’s made a few since then, with each one getting more complex and fancy as he learns his way around spoons.

Check out his sculptures below and see what a humble spoon can become with a bit of imagination!

[H/T: Oddity Central]

Meet Jim — and his utensils! Using nothing but spoons, he’s able to craft sleek and shiny motorcycle sculptures that look like they’re made of liquid metal.

Like with any new art form, it took Jim some time to get his creative process down. As you can see, his first sculpture is mostly spoons, but the wheels are made of wheel bearings.

“That was before I went 100 percent spoons,” he says.

With his second sculpture, he created wheels out of spoons, too, by bending the bowls of the spoons into a cylindrical shape. What’s more, he bends and shapes the spoons without using heat, so their original shine isn’t marred.

He also uses the embellished handles to add extra flair to the bikes, like the spokes of this wheel.

Except for the first one, his sculptures are entirely made of spoons. His lifelong love of motorcycles helps him imagine all the parts that he needs to recreate, and this type of sculpture comes naturally to him.

“I could draw,” he says of his artistic habits, “but I really liked taking things apart and putting them back together.”

Jim has also built real bikes, and so these miniature-scale, spoon versions are really just another version of that. He also likes to experiment with different styles.

This one is called “The Wasp” due to its body shape.

His motorcycles also have a fantastical edge to them, like something out of a sci-fi movie or comic book. This one, called “The Bagger,” seems a bit like an insect.

Each time he makes a sculpture, you can see how the style changes subtly. But it seems that Jim has found his favorite material: spoons!

And now that he’s used up all those extra spoons that his wife accidentally ordered, he and Jeny spend their time scouring thrift stores, antique shops, and yard sales for more! Sometimes friends supply him with spare spoons, too.

The sculptures usually measure about 20 inches long, and while they’re not large, their level of detail means they can take him months to complete — and that’s on top of working a full-time job!

But his hard work has paid off, and people all over the world have become fans of his work, which you can see on Facebook and Etsy.  We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

And if you know anyone who loves motorcycles — or just putting old junk to good use — be sure to SHARE Jim’s work with them!