Arab artisan David Hammock is now nationally recognized for his incredible detailed and entertaining metalworks. Hammock was commissioned to work on two large-scale pieces for the Full Throttle Bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, prior to the Sturgis Biker Rally this summer.
Hammock is the owner of Hammock Ironworks in Arab.
After growing up as a tin welder and fabricator, he started making detailed custom railings; however, he now combines his rare talent with an even keener artistic eye and creates truly awe-inspiring art, according to the Mountain Valley Arts Council.
Submitting a quick application on his lunch break to Full Throttle Bar’s media account, Hammock received a call within 10 minutes from the owner of the bar, Michael Ballard, to create a few iconic metalwork pieces. After telling Ballard, “I'll think about it”, Hammock’s son asked if he realized he had just told the owner of a famous saloon asking him to do some once-in-a-lifetime work, “he would think about it.”
Hammock later called back and accepted the position which took him out to South Dakota throughout this past June and July.
Working within a tight deadline to finish before the August Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Hammock and two other metal workers, Will Reddington of Apple Valley, California, and Dan McCauley, of Eureka, California, completed two large scale metal renderings of the late Indian Larry and Jesse Rooke.
Hammock said the most challenging part apart from the “sheer size and scale” was that they were “just given a picture and created the pieces out of spare parts from the scrapyard on site.” Jesse Rooke stands 30 feet tall with the motorcycle 30 feet long. Indian Larry stands on his bike at a staggering 45 feet tall and 35 feet long. These sculptures are a beacon to any biker who comes to Sturgis.
"We are proud to have David Hammock and his metalworks in Marshall County public areas such as parks, homes, and yards," the Arts Council said in a statement.
Hammock created the unique Mountain Valley Arts Council’s (MVAC) iron sign outside the gallery at 300 Gunter Avenue in Guntersvile. He is also donating his valuable time to help create a display for the new MVAC quilts exhibit opening at the Marshall County Courthouse.
"Hammock continues to bring extraordinary art to us all," the Arts Council said.