Tradie Justin Lampe turns his hand to metal art sculptures
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Tradie Justin Lampe turns his hand to metal art sculptures

The Praying Jack is named after Mr Lampe’s late father, a farmer from Coonamble. After Justin Lampe’s fencing business folded more than a year ago, the self-taught artist turned to metal art to make a living and looked to his family for inspiration. Mr Lampe is now finding success with The Praying Jack, a tribute to his late father’s perseverance through dry times. Work dried up due to the drought, and Mr Lampe was forced to let four full-time workers go and put the business on the backburner. He and his family were quickly running out of options to stay afloat. But after fully transitioning his fencing business into a metal art workshop, he’s found a new use for his treasure trove of tools and discovered an outlet to tell stories of the big dry. And it was on a quiet afternoon in his workshop in the central west New South Wales town of Molong where he drew up a design for what is now his signature piece. Named after his late father, the Praying Jack silhouette rests on the ground with a parched rain gauge between its palms. "I try to use my family because it’s something I […]

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