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Haynes says artisans gallery has helped fuel his passion for art

After working in the metal industry for years, Harvey Haynes has turned his expertise into art making metal products for customers around Cumberland County.

Harvey Haynes looks over one of the decorative pieces he made in his Nappan Road shop. Haynes has been working with metal professionally for more than 36 years and his designs can be seen around Cumberland County.

AMHERST – Harvey Haynes has turned what was his profession into an obsession.

After many years working in the metal working industry, Haynes went into business for himself several years ago and started showing his creativity in numerous ways including decorative art, railings, wind chimes and other metal pieces of art.

“It’s amazing what you can do, really,” Haynes said at his Gould Road shop. “People will come to me with a design idea. I’ll put it down on paper or go find the design on the Internet.”

Haynes said he has been working with metal for more than 36 years. He worked with Rexinger for many years making stainless steel milk tanks. He later took over the company and operated it for several years before giving it up for health reasons.

He continued to maintain his passion for metal after his work life ended and began to express his creativity.

“I like a good challenge,” Haynes said. “The first year I was in business was a little slow, but once I got in with the artisans it really picked up. John (Warner), Ted (Evans) and Gil (Collicott) saw my work downtown and suggested I join the gallery. I jumped at the chance.”

Haynes has shown some of his work at the farmer’s market in Pugwash for several years, but has been very busy since becoming part of the Amherst Train Station Artisans’ Gallery last year.

He has also worked with another artist, Doug Lewis, in creating decorative screen doors in which Lewis builds the doors and Haynes does the metal work. The pair have worked together on other projects as well.

Haynes worked with a number of other artists and artisans doing picture frames and other items.

For the most part he uses steel, but has also used aluminum and other types of metal.

He uses a computer to help with the design and a plasma cutter to cut out the image.

Haynes said he can take a black and white image and work with it on the computer to fine tune it before sending it to the plasma cutter. While he admits some images are more troubling than others, the computer program he uses has made things much easier.

“Some projects I can do fairly quickly, but some others take several days or a week,” Haynes said. “Once I have the drawing I have it for future use.”

Besides decorative work, Haynes also does small commercial jobs, including signs for businesses. civic numbers for homes and weathervanes.

He said working with metal can be difficult, but he still continues to enjoy what he’s doing because of the beauty of the finished product and how much people appreciate it.

“It’s a pleasure to do this work,” he said. “I’m going to stay at it as long as I can.”

For more information, contact Haynes at 902-667-8329 or bordertownman@eastlink.ca .

darrell.cole@tc.tc

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Amherst Train Station Artisans

Geographic location: Gould Road, Pugwash

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