Abraham Megerdichian (1923-1983) was a trained machinist living and working in Massachusetts. In his 30’s Abraham began machining his interpretations of everyday objects from scrap blocks of aluminum, brass, copper and stainless steel. His earliest items were utilitarian, domestic, full size and ranged from salt and pepper shakers and soap dishes to knives and tools. He even made a lawn sprinkler. As Abraham’s technical proficiency increased his pieces became more intricate, smaller, and often included many small parts. Among these items created to please and amuse were jewelry, doll house furniture, a cash register, a miniature vacuum cleaner, a tool box with individual tools, toy trucks, cars and a train set. During his working life Mr. Megerdichian created over 400 objects, a number of which will be exhibited for the first time in Connecticut at the New Britain Industrial Museum.
“Industrial Folk Art” is art created by skilled machinists, engineers and others who work with their hands in a production environment fabricating parts and tools and the objects of our lives. Using scrap materials at hand, some of these workers are driven to use skills acquired on the job to create objects having nothing to do with their job. Objects that are created for the pure enjoyment of creating them.
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