Welder Keith makes bespoke gifts out of scrap metal

Keith Lynn has set up his own business, K L Metal Art, making bespoke gifts.
Keith Lynn has set up his own business, K L Metal Art, making bespoke gifts.

A South Tyneside welder is using his skills to create unique models and bespoke gifts made out of metal.

Keith Lynn unearthed his creative talent following the restoration of a VW Beetle for his wife Dawn.

Keith makes gifts such as this guitar to customers' specifications.

Keith makes gifts such as this guitar to customers' specifications.

With tools left over he set about using scrap and waste metal to create a robot dog and motorbikes.

With positive feedback from friends and family he was soon being asked if he could make items as gifts.

Now, he is hoping to turn his hobby into a business, launching K L Metals after leaving work to concentrate on building up his portfolio.

Mr Lynn, a former welder and fabricator from Eyemouth Court, Simonside, South Shields, said: “I have been a welder for 24 years, it was only a few years ago when I started to be creative with it.

The response to my work has been unbelievable

Keith Lynn

“I have had lots of people ask if I can make certain things like a Tardis from Doctor Who, things they wanted to give as a gift.

“I have had a few stalls at craft fairs and more recently I was at the Commercial vehicle rally at the Bents Park and the response from people to my work has been unbelievable.”

The models are made from 99% waste metal which has earned Mr Lynn the title of Eco Create’s shop of the year.

The website promotes handmade and vintage creations within the UK.

Dr Who's Taredis is one of the items Keith has been asked to make for a customer.

Dr Who's Taredis is one of the items Keith has been asked to make for a customer.

Mr Lynn added: “I have had a lot of support from businesses as without their waste metals I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.”

Mr Lynn, who works from home, has been helped by: Halfords in South Shields; Sports Recycler; A-S Cycles; Darke Cycles; Pedal Inn; Barker’s Bikes; Mark’s Motorcycles; AOK Motorcycles; The Bike Project in York.

A collection of his work is available to view on his website and Facebook page including animals, musical instruments and name signs.

“At the moment I’m working from home, but hopefully in the future I will be able to have a unit where I will be able to display my work.”

This model of a bicycle is made out of old bike chains.

This model of a bicycle is made out of old bike chains.

For information on K L Metals, to inquire about the creation of a unique custom-made gift, or to see what is available for sale now, visit his website HERE www.klmetalart.co.uk/ or Facebook page HERE.