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Toronto-based artist Dan Tanenbaum has been making miniature motorcycles exclusively out of vintage watch parts since 2010. He began by collecting classic timepieces and now he spends his days making custom pieces to order. We’ve previously featured other similar artists, but what sets Dan’s work apart is his unique style, sense of photographic humor, and that he just made a neat video showing how he makes his sculptures. It’s really interesting to watch one of his pieces come together. Thanks for sharing, Dan!

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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Rob says:

    That title was very hard to read!

    Not that it’s wrong or anything. The models are very cool!

  2. I came here to complain about the terrible title, then realized it was correct. Um, very cool though.

  3. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Rob and David: Just added a hyphen in your honor!

    1. Thanks, my anal retentiveness appreciates it.

  4. I expected it to be soldered, so seeing the little Superglue bottle is a surprise. I’ve never had much luck with CA holding metal, so I have to wonder how delicate these are.

    1. I thought much the same way while watching the video. It appears the entire thing is held together with glue. If knocked off a shelf, I would expect it to break.