How Watch-Part Motorcycles Are Made

Craft & Design
How Watch-Part Motorcycles Are Made

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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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12 thoughts on “How Watch-Part Motorcycles Are Made

  1. Rob says:

    That title was very hard to read!

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

  2. David Jerkins says:

    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. David Jerkins says:

      Thanks, my anal retentiveness appreciates it.

  4. balloondoggle says:

    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. David Jerkins says:

      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.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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