ORLANDO, Fla. -- Every golfer loves to get new clubs, but what do you do with the old ones? Pass them down to a novice in the game? Store them away in your garage? Toss them out with the trash to end up on landfill?
Well Jeff Diamond, a former lamp manufacturer from West Palm Beach, Fla., has a more useful greener idea; he recycles them into works of art.
Diamond came up with the idea while visiting Mexico City where he spotted a welded sphere made of stars. It sparked the creation of a sphere out of old golf clubs that he had left over from his lamp manufacturing business.
He debuted his "golf art" at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. During the Show, Diamond took five orders for $1,000 each and that's when he knew he had a marketable product. Diamond and his designs have been at the PGA Show every year since.
"I'm a firm believer in recycling," said Diamond, Owner Welded Golf Sculptures. "Older clubs shouldn't die … they should be born again to play another round. Through my art, I recycle old memories into a green art form."
The PGA Show in Orlando is just one of the many places you can see
Diamond's handcrafted welded golf creations. He has sold sculptures to a variety of retailers from PGA Superstores, the International Home Furnishings Market in Highpoint NC, Worth Avenue art galleries in Palm Beach to Hooters Restaurants and Walgreens.
"Galleries buy my sculptures because they are artwork, decorators buy them to use as accessories," he said. "Furniture stores and golf-related stores have purchased my sculptures to use as décor for their businesses."
Diamond does commissioned sculptures as well. This year his work can be seen at the 2010 Motor City Golf Classic at the University of Michigan where he's using golf clubs to create a replica of the Ford logo.
Diamond's designs are available in just about every price range, from a $20 item to a one-of-a-kind sculpture for $3,500. He uses the clubs to create umbrella stands, bathroom accessories, mailboxes, table stands, picture and mirror frames, which all make ideal gifts for any golfer.
"People want items that are artful, but they need to be functional too," he said.
Diamond tries to recycle as much of the golf club as possible. When he started making the spheres he only needed he club heads, which left him with a lot of excess shafts. So another product was born, the Augusta Walk-About, which is a walking stick complete with a golf ball on top and a rubber stopper on the bottom. His spheres make unique and memorable prizes for long drive contests and other recognitions.
"Buyers are pleased when they see that I'm recycling the clubs instead of just throwing all that metal away into the dump."
For more information on Jeff Diamond or his Welded Golf Sculptures, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-379-9367.
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