Chris O’Rourke didn’t always work in metal. Wood was the material he started with as he sat in his maternal grandfather’s garage.
“He would precut pieces of wood for my brother and I, and we would sit there and round the corners by hand with sandpaper,” he said. “Then we'd put them together and stain them and make cool little things. My grandfather is one of the most instrumental men in my life; he got me into working with my hands.”
At 16, his love of cars transitioned him from wood to metal. Working on cars morphed into working on motorcycles. “They’re like hoodless cars; all the work you do to them is on display 24/7,” O’Rourke said. “Getting into the motorcycle aspect of things got me fired up for fabrication.”
“I am still an addict, though, but now I'm addicted to creating beauty and getting that “How did you do this?” reaction—even from my peers in fabrication, the guys I look up to. It’s the fire that burns under me.”