This idea originated 2010 with a junk propane tank on my property, which my wife told me I had to either get rid of or do something with.   A lot of energy had been used to form the thick steel into this shape and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste.

 

The curved forms stimulated my imagination and I considered possible ways to carefully dissect the tank and reassemble the pieces into a seat, as we needed a bench for our garden.


I was intrigued by the design challenge and ecological statement involved in taking this ubiquitous, utilitarian container out of the waste stream and transforming it into an object more sensuous in form and sophisticated in function.

After making sure the tank was purged of any remaining gas I began by cutting off the ends and mounting them on my work table. 

Although I had never done this before, and was unsure my plan would even work, I had a friend take an amateur video of the fabrication process just in case.  (Double click on the frame to the left to view - it’s 3-1/2 minutes long.)

Since I still had left over tank material after making the first two seats (material pictured at left) I thought I would just keep going and see how much of the tank I could use up in this way.

With the first bench complete I looked at the remaining tank material (pictured on left) and realized I could easily make another bench.  The result was this love seat.

This chair is the fourth piece I made from the original tank, using the pieces pictured at right.


By the time I was done making these four seats I had reused 99% of the tank.  The scraps in this crate were all that remained of the large tank at the top of this page.


Inspired by this process I located more salvage tanks and began to create additional designs, never imagining that within a few years I would be granted a series of design patents for my work, along with winning some prestigious awards.

Next I welded in a seat and back rest from the central cylindrical portion.

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