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Bismarck Man Makes Art With Recycled Items

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Many people dream of being their own boss.

Some are just afraid of the risk of being self employed.

Ben Smith has the story about a man who took that risk to make a living doing what he loves.

 Chris Thomas can make something out of nothing.

 "There's nothing better than getting a new pile of junk you haven't used before and turning it into something."

He uses materials from used gas tanks, old forks, and even garden tools--he uses his skills "If it's iron I can weld to it." to turn useless junk into art.

"When you watch people come up and look at things, they are always smiling, and you know, that is a good feeling."

 Thomas used to work for excavating companies such as Bobcat.

But his love of art led him in a different direction NATA in his craft.

"Decided one day I would try to do it full time and that was two years ago and I have been able to make it this far."

Now he is his own boss-- but it's not easy.

"Now I'm doing everything now emailing, accounting, there is a lot more to do."

He finds himself working 60 hours a week making enough to pay the bills

 But someone with his skills could be making three times more than that up in the oil patch.

For him its about doing what he loves.

"This is much more enjoyable, not everything comes down to money."

And that mentality has left this scrappy artist with no regrets.

"It's a lot of work but I wouldn't trade it right now anyway I wouldn't go back to any job I have had before."

"If you really love it you really got to try it."

You can find Chris's work at art shows in Bismarck, Minot and other areas.

His products range from 25 to 700 dollars.

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