Phil Webb is a man of incredible talent. He turns Crosby products into works of art. Phil spent ten years as a helicopter engineer in the Royal Navy. Moving on from there, he found himself learning how to weld in the pharmaceutical industry. About five years ago, Phil was in need of a hobby. He turned
his garage into a small workshop and started making things out of stainless steel nuts. Phil began to make candle holders, flowers, and various artistic pieces.
Two years after starting his hobby, Phil was approached for a position as a fabricator welder for a company called Negearth Lights. Negearth Lights supplies lighting rigs for the music industry. All scrap metal or foreign rigging equipment went to Phil for disposal. Any shackles that didn’t have a certificate got thrown away. That’s where he got an idea; “One day, after getting fed up with scrapping perfectly good, but unusable, shackles, I decided to take some home and make something with them.” He had, previously, made a two-and-a-half-foot tall flower out of stainless steel nuts, and thought it was an obvious thing to make out of shackles. His Crosby shackle flower stands at four-foot-nine-inches high and weighs in at forty-four pounds. Phil uses a Crosby six-and-half-ton shackle for the body of his decorative owls.
Currently, in the works, Phil has a seven-foot-tall saguaro cactus that will become a garden piece for a college. Using Crosby products, he has made a coat hook rack, coat stand, decorative owls, and decorative flowers. We are impressed and happy Phil has found such a unique way to use Crosby shackles. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. You can check out his work at StuffNThings Webb on Facebook and Instagram.