Miguel Pujol, Repurposed Creations
Feb 25, 2015 02:00PM
By Brandi Barnett
The Clock MakerMarch 2015
Photos by Peter Amend
ENJOY: How did you begin making your clocks?
Miguel: My first clock happened by accident about two and a half years ago. I had painted a cable spool to make it into an end table, but it didn’t turn out as I wanted. The spool was taking room in my garage for a few weeks. I didn’t want to throw it away so I took some time thinking what else I could use it for. That’s when the idea of taking it apart and making a clock from it came to me. As soon as I finished the first clock a friend of mine saw it and wanted to buy it. I then made another clock from the same spool and it sold right away. I was getting a lot of compliments on them, so I knew I had found a unique idea, a niche.
ENJOY: What are your clocks made out of?
Miguel: To date I have made a little over 100 clocks, all out of discarded cable spools. They usually pile up in the back of the companies that use them until they are taken to the city dump. All spools have two round ends connected by slats of wood and held together with metal bars. I recycle the metal, use the slats of wood on the fire pit and use the round ends for my clocks. Nothing is wasted. My “canvas” is very unique. It has been weathered by the rain and the sun. No two clocks ever look the same, even if I try.
ENJOY: Who is your typical customer?
Miguel: My typical customer sees the value of supporting small local businesses, buying American made and are conscious of recycling. At the same time, the clocks come in many different colors and styles, to fit a variety of styles and home decors. I sell most of my clocks through stores like Embellish and Restore in Visalia; Rose Petals and Rust in Exeter; Refined and Designed in Hanford; also directly through Facebook and Instagram @ Repurposed Creations.
ENJOY: Do you offer custom ordering?
Miguel: About 40 percent of my production is custom orders. I enjoy interacting with customers and I put great effort in trying to understand as best as possible what it is they envision. It’s a big responsibility to create a piece that will take a prominent place in someone’s home. It brings much satisfaction when the customer sees the final product and says, “I love it.”
ENJOY: What do you enjoy most about your business?
Miguel: I get to meet and interact with a lot of wonderful people. It’s also a great outlet for my creative juices (I don’t get much of that at my job in the corporate world). Sometimes I can’t wait to come home to start putting together an idea that came to me. But I also enjoy the process of transformation that takes place in an old, beat-up spool. It needs to be washed; it needs the rough edges sanded; nails hammered down; hardware added on the back to be able to be displayed; some type of paint or wood finish to complete it. I think many times as I’m working, it’s the same process that God has to put some of us through. Sometimes we need to be rescued, worked on, refurbished to become beautiful and useful again. I sometimes see some of the clocks I made being displayed with pride in beautiful homes. This gives me hope and courage to let the Master craftsman work in my own life, even if the process sometimes is painful. I want to be a blessing to each of my customers and I strive to create a product that is a conversation element and that brings satisfaction for years to come. •
Find his products at Embellish and Restore in Visalia; Rose Petals and Rust in Exeter; Refined and Designed in Hanford
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