Justin Gershenson-Gates

My lovely friend Lynn introduced me to the work of Justin Gershenson-Gates; amazing insects, arachnids and pendants made of recycled watch parts.


He states: The grandson of a railroad man, the son of a gearhead, my life has been filled with all things mechanical. As a child, I would take my toys apart in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again. Now, I take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, and rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs.


My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

I think he succeeds at that aim, don’t you?

This pendant is absolute genius. Look at the delicate detail on the hand! It’s perfectly constructed.


Justin Gershenson-Gates


4 Responses to “Justin Gershenson-Gates”

  1. These are wonderful – so inventive and creative! Also I’m heartened by J G-G’s assertion that, ‘As a child, I would take my toys apart […] but was never able to put them back together again’.

    Not just me then…… 😉 -Nx

  2. Wouldn’t mind getting a piece of his work one day. I’m really impressed by the creativity and it must be a lot of fun tinkering and creating with all those parts. He should manage to make the bulbs that serve as the Spiders’ rear torso to light-up, preferably on a larger scale, so it can perform as lamps and wall sconces. People love utilitarian items.

  3. Carrie Filetti Says:

    I sent to this link to my dad as he’s always making things out of old watch parts. He will dig this!

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