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Published July 18, 2013, 06:05 PM

New street fair vendor showing off creations

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For 38 years, hundreds of crafters have been making their way to downtown Fargo to showcase their works of art.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For 38 years, hundreds of crafters have been making their way to downtown Fargo to showcase their works of art.

There are some new kids on the block this year.

Every year there is something new whether it's food or arts and crafts. The booth that may having you doing a double take this year is this one here, Thomas Ironworks.

Chelle Timmerck, Thomas Ironworks: “Expect to smile when you walk up to the booth because we use things you would never think that would be used in a piece of art.”

Chelle Timmerck works alongside artist Chris Thomas. The Bismarck native has been creating these off the wall pieces for 12 years.

Timmerck: “He really looks at every piece as a piece of art, not just a hobby, not just a craft, but an art.”

Things you would normally see in a junk yard are now being transformed into planters, furniture, and wall art.

Chris Thomas, Thomas Ironworks: “We throw so many good things away now and why not use it if you can.”

The handmade one-of-a-kind pieces, like the fork-skeeto and dragon fries, are made using old forks and fry baskets.

Thomas: “We really like to look at recycling materials. We love to save things from landfills. We make a difference with our tiki torches. They are all using the replaceable tikis so you can just add the fluid, not put anything else in a landfill.”

Thomas is so passionate about his work he even quit his everyday job as a welder to pursue the work full time.

Thomas: “I love doing it. If I can continue, that's all I can ask for.”

While return vendors are always a hit, it's the rookies like Thomas who may draw the most attention.

Jodi Ordahl, Customer: “This is so unique, It's great, she's got tiki torch holders, yea it's fun.”

Thomas' art work ranges in prices from $35 all the way to $600 for a table like this that's made out of an old conveyer belt.

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