Unique Recycled Auto Part Chess Set, 'Recycling Challenge'
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Board: 5 cm H x 30 cm W x 30 cm D
Board: 2" H x 11.75" W x 11.75" D
Tallest piece: 8.2 cm H x 3.5 cm W x 2.5 cm D
Tallest piece: 3.2" H x 1.4" W x 1" D
Smallest: 3.2 cm H x 2.5 cm Diam.
Smallest: 1.3" H x 1" Diam.
- Recycled metal
- Features a rustic, rugged finish
- Components may vary slightly in size and form
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“As a child I enjoyed inventing toys, and soon yearned to create a unique style of art. Environmentally enamored, I now transform recycled goods.”
"Hi, I'm Armando Ramírez. All my life, I've lived in a town of artisans, and this has motivated me to create new art. As a child I enjoyed inventing toys, and soon yearned to create a unique style of art. Environmentally enamored, I now transform recycled goods.”
"At first, little by little, I began to craft figures from scraps and discarded mechanical parts – mostly from cars and bicycles. And so I began to create sculptures, soldering the pieces together and giving them shape as I imagined they should look.
"The process involves selecting recycled items that can be used. I separate them and soak them in a cleaning solution to remove any impurities. I solder them together until I achieve my design, then I give it a protective coat of glossy varnish.
"My sculptures are so successful that today I sell only my own works. They are rustic in nature, designed to recycle discarded objects by converting them into art. Thanks to the creativity that God gave me, today I have an enjoyable and better way of life.
“Because I believed and I put my trust in Novica and the people working there, I was able to formalize my craft and give continuity to something that was becoming a dream too difficult to achieve. Great and significant changes came to my life! Novica helped me take the last steps towards consolidating my workshop. Now I can plan projects because I have the financial stability to do so as well as enlarge my workshop so I may offer people in my community safe employment opportunities.
"Most importantly, I can buy the little presents I had long promised my two daughters! The financial solvency and the self-assurance I have gained from knowing that people around the world have accepted my work, has inspired me to learn more about art. I have enrolled in an art school where I can learn more about design and materials, because I know I am capable of discovering new recycling techniques I can share with the world.”
I just purchased and received Armando's Rustic Violin. It is a very beautiful piece, and is a wonderful accent to my music room. His talent is very evident in this work of art. I will definitely keep an eye out for other sculptures by Armando.
I just received ""Rustic Nude"" and I absolutely love it. It's a beautiful piece and I am proud to display it in my home. Thank you!
just recieved chess board i would like to get a teble to match
i would actually like 2 talk 2 this artist becouse i have a special request:could u make a table 2 match the auto part chess set? my husband wont take the board out the box. it is still the same as they shipped it. its hard 2 find a table but the table has 2 b rite,so i would like a 1 of a kind table 2 surprise him.. thank u so much..
I just purchased and received Armando's ""Park Bench Sweetheaerts."" What a wonderful piece of art! It is, of course, even better than the picture, and I know I will enjoy it for many years to come. I purchased it as an anniversary gift for my husband, and I know he will be delighted with it as well. Armando's work is heartfelt and whimsical, exactly the type of thing that appeals to me. I know I will be a repeat customer. Thanks, Armando! :o)
I ordered the ""Rustic Root Canal"" for one sister who is a dentist. I ordered ""Rustic Chef"" for one sister who is a chef. Both are wonderfully done! I liked them and my sisters liked them too! And what an excellent use of things that are usually thrown away. (As a matter of fact, I just ordered ""Rustic Golfer"" for my husband!) Thank you Armando. Now you just need to make a ""Rustic Wife"" for the wives in your audience! (smile)
Just received the ""Rustic Golfer."" I ordered this as a gift for my husband and he really, really likes it! This is the third piece that I've purchased from Armando. And it is as beautifully crafted as the others! PS: I'm still waiting for a ""Rustic Wife"" sculpture - something as feminine and beautiful as the ""Rustic Ballerina"" that I just saw...
Hi, Armando. I have just recieved a rustic warrior chess set as a 21st birthday present from my parents. I love the set and have to applaud your excellent workmanship. Thanks Kieran
The rodeo rider & bull is lovely and made with such attention to detail.
I just resently celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary(iron),and gave my wife ""park bench sweethearts"". We both love it. thanks
Southern Oregon, USA
I bought 'Rustic Architect' for my sister who is an architect. She loved it and has it proudly displayed on her desk at work. I loved it as well and would love you to make a 'Rustic Massage Therapist', I am an LMT and know many others that would love to display your artwork in their homes and offices. I also love the fact that you re-use what would normally be discarded. You have a great gift and your work shows your passion.
I purchased 'Rustic Rock n' Roll' last year as a gift, it was absolutely amazing. I love Armando Ramirez' work.
I am absolutely amazed at the talent and vision that Armando Ramirez exhibits in his work. I just received his Rustic Nativity, and have spent hours looking at each figure and marvelling over how he made them. This is an artist with exceptional talent, creativity, and an ability to ""see"" in recylcled materials the most incredible new inventions. Thank you Mr. Ramirez for sharing your talent with me!
I love my 'Rustic Don Quixote II. I will definitely keep an eye out for other sculptures by Armando. Thanks!
I love my 'Rustic Don Quixote II. I will definitely keep an eye out for other sculptures by Armando. Thanks!
very satisfied customer. just received the ""root canal""...it was gift wrapped nicely with a postcard signed in Spanish. thanks and great work.
Wolverhampton / United Kingdom
I have today received Armando's magnificent 'big rustic motorcycle' and it is truly spectacular. It is perfect, I love it and I can't stop looking at it! Armando - I feel so privileged to have a real piece of your work in my home and I will treasure it always. Thank you so much. Your work is very, very special, and I wish you all the success and recognition your work deserves. My very, very best to you, Susan.
Santa Ana, CA, USA
Querido Armando, Disculpe mi espanol -- no es perfecto. El nacimiento llego hoy, y me gusto muchisimo! Tengo un amigo que tiene un negocio con automovils. Lo compre para un regalo y creo que es perfecto! Tienes imaginacion y abilidad. Muchisimas gracias . . .
The rustic flamingo is wonderful. I've placed it in a small indoor garden and it looks right at home, the perfect addition. Thank you.
I received my order of the Rustic Chess Set, in Excellent shipping response time. Remarkable artwork!, and I absolutely love the pieces! Armando has a very unique talent and I am very pleased with the articulated detail! As a birthday gift, I have already enjoyed my first game, and lost, ha ha. As the pieces are a beauty, it's too bad they couldn't teach me how to play and win. I definitely look forward to seeing more of his work and will do business with him again. Gin
We purchased a wonderful Don Quixote sculpture by this very talented artist and find it whimsical and lovely. Thank you.
I purchased the Rustic Psychotherapist as a gift. I wanted to look at it before giving it to my professor and it is spectacular! I love it and it is packaged wonderfully!!!!!
I bought the Rustic Standard Motorbike as a gift for someone, but I was so impressed with it, I will soon be ordering a motorbike for myself. Mr. Ramirez is ingenious in the way he refashions old auto parts. A very talented man. One caution: these are indeed ""rustic,"" as advertised, and may not appeal to the figurine crowd. But they make very cool gifts for guys, especially guys who don't normally own or display decorative objects. They will display this.
This is a beautiful sculpture which we will always enjoy.
I purchased your architect sculpture as a gift for my nephew who is studying and hopes to become an architect one day...he LOVES it! You have a great talent. many thanks!!!
Not only was the sculpture beautiful and very reasonably priced, the staff went out of their way to expedite the shipping process so it would arrive in time for a very special visitor of mine. It also arrived with a handwritten thank you note and a postcard from where it was crafted. The personalized attention was noted and very much appreciated. Thank you for going above and beyond both in craft and in customer service!
I came across Novica through National Geographic. Now I want to collect Armando's recycled statues. I have given several as gifts that co-ordinate with jobs or hobbies, which makes them all that more impressive. I really like the fact that Armondo is using recylced material. I always enjoy coming coming back to Novica to browse, I hardly ever leave without buying from Armand. His prices are also very reasonable.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
My brother loved the chess I purchased from this artist. Highly recommended.
I cannot begin to thank you for this incredible work of art. My husband has been working in the video industry for over 10 years and I have never seen anything that could honor his chosen profession. I found Novica and Armando Ramirez' work, while searching for a 6th anniversary gift for my husband. I was dismayed to discover that while Armando Ramirez did make a ""Rustic Camera Man"" statuette, it was ""unavailable at this time"". I frantically emailed Novica expressing my desire to commission the work from Mr. Ramirez and received an email the day after that they could provide me with the piece. Thank you Novica and especially Armando, for enabling me to purchase this wonderful piece of artwork. It arrived very quickly and is far more beautiful in person than even on this website. I cannot thank you enough for all the extra efforts and incredibly quick turnaround. This is a piece that will grace our home for years to come and I am so enamored with it that I have begun to look for other ""professions"" that I might give as gifts. Given the unique aspect of both my husband's career and this incredible piece you have truly helped to make my 6th anniversary anything but ordinary. I cannot thank you enough Novica for providing us with this ability to purchase these incredible works of art from all over the world or thank Armando enough for thinking to create this beautiful piece in the first place. Thank you, thank you, thank you~ Armando you are an artistic revelation!
I cannot begin to thank you for this incredible work of art. My husband has been working in the video industry for over 10 years and I have never seen anything that could honor his chosen profession. I found Novica and Armando Ramirez' work, while searching for a 6th anniversary gift for my husband. I was dismayed to discover that while Armando Ramirez did make a ""Rustic Camera Man"" statuette, it was ""unavailable at this time"". I frantically emailed Novica expressing my desire to commission the work from Mr. Ramirez and received an email the day after that they could provide me with the piece. Thank you Novica and especially Armando, for enabling me to purchase this wonderful piece of artwork. It arrived very quickly and is far more beautiful in person than even on this website. I cannot thank you enough for all the extra efforts and incredibly quick turnaround. This is a piece that will grace our home for years to come and I am so enamored with it that I have begun to look for other ""professions"" that I might give as gifts. Given the unique aspect of both my husband's career and this incredible piece you have truly helped to make my 6th anniversary anything but ordinary. I cannot thank you enough Novica for providing us with this ability to purchase these incredible works of art from all over the world or thank Armando enough for thinking to create this beautiful piece in the first place. Thank you, thank you, thank you~ Armando you are an artistic revalation!
FANTASTIC so wonderful thought I was buying a liitle sculpture but this is a wonderful piece of inventive original art. Thanks, my nephew will love his Christmas present.
I took the 'psychotherapist' to a trade show recently on my table. It generated so much interest and discussion!
Recently bought ""Rustic Film Projector"" for a present. May have to keep it is so fantastic. Quality, imagination and the price for what I received was a true value. Gracias Armando!!!!
I purchased the 'Rustic Galleon' by Armando and loved it as soon as I saw it on the Novica site. It arrived within 4 days of ordering and on opening the package I found the sculpture was truly beautiful and looked even better in reality. It has a timeless quality and whilst obviously a modern piece, it fits in perfectly in my victorian cottage. I look forward to seeing more.
Gave the statue I bought made from Armando to my son for his 27th birthday. My son said ""mom by far this is the most wonderful and unique gift you have ever given me"". Thanks Armando...my heart smiled that day.
Dear Armando: We received your fantastic sculpture ""Will you marry me?"" It is going to be a wedding present for some good friends of ours and we are sure they will love it. It's just perfect for them. We love your sculptures and ideas. You are truly a very talented and creative person. Keep making such incredible things. All the best of luck to you and your family. Elena and Chris.
I received my rustic monster motorcycle today, in record time, carefully gift wrapped, with a happy father's day card from my wife, and packed in a sturdy box. I was thrilled with the creative workmanship and the artistic imagination that Armando used. The sculpture was magnificently welded and glazed with a nice clear protective coating . Thanks again, Frank Giger
Hello Armando, I today received my ""Rustic Friends"" far quicker than I had expected. Its fantastic. As with so many of your sculptures, you have a remarkable gift for portraying your subjects with humour and pathos. I have only just discovered Novica, and I am hooked. This is my first purchase, and I will certainly be back to purchase also some more of your art . Many thanks.
New Bern / North Carolina / USA
I ordered ""Park Bench Sweethearts"" and it arrived quickly. The beautiful piece was an anniversary present. It's high quality and unique beauty are obvious, and my wife and I really appreciate this piece. I have recommended Armando Ramirez to friends.
Hi Armando- I got the Rustic Pony for my husbands' birthday next year, but I was so pleased with it, I gave it to him as soon as it came in the mail. It is a beautiful piece, and so imaginative. I love this website, and plan to order more in the future. Again, wonderful workmanship! Thanks-
Armando, thank you for the three superb statues: The Horned Owl, Majestic Lion,and the Rustic Crucifix. In addition to your artistry, the pleasure of your art is your ingenious use of recycled materials. If I had to choose one, it would be the Rustic Crucifix which is a work I think any artist would be proud to be most well known for. For me, it is the most powerful depiction of Christ, and would not be out of place in a grand scale in any Church or Cathedral.
I ordered Armando's ""Rustic Photographer"" and fell in love with his work. I just had to come back and order more. The pieces are unique, and I love the variety of subjects that Armando captures in his work. I look forward to purchasing many more pieces of art of his in the future!
evansville, IN USA
I just love his art!!! He is so creative and has true talent. Most of his pieces are affordable for those on a budget (like myself), and the fact that they are made of old auto parts makes me feel good about purchasing. The fact that he can create such beauty from what others call trash is what makes his work genius.
Orange County, California
Purchased ""Rustic Sailboat"" sculpture for a friend for X-mas. It's a large sculpture and it's very interesting! I love that it's made of recycled goods and it's so creative. I know my friend is going to like it since it's such an unusual and striking piece. I am sure he'll display it in his office or in his den at home and it will remind him of his days spent sailing around the U.S. and Mexico. Thanks, Armando!
I purchased one of Armando Ramirez's auto part sculptures (steam locomotive) for my husband as a 6th anniversary present. He is fascinated by trains and had recently disclosed a wish to start collecting ""real"" art, as opposed to prints & commercial decorative pieces. When I found out that the traditional material for a 6th anniversary gift is ""Iron"" the metal train sculpture fit the bill perfectly. He was in awe of the details and intricate work put into this piece. Armando is a genius. Thank you very much for the perfect present. We'll be back to purchase more from Novica! ~Patti & Chris Allan, Boston MA
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Oh my gosh! I just received my ""Rustic Psychotherapist"" in the mail today. Besides the beautiful packaging, I was overwhelmed with joy when I held the piece in my hand. It is beautifully crafted and very unique. I'm a therapist and can't wait to take it to my office and show it off to my colleagues. It's exactly what I didn't even know I was looking for! Thanks Armando!
Armando - Gracias por el regalo perfecto! Mi esposo adora la historia del Quijote, y adora trabajar con sus carros. Tan pronto tomo la escultura en sus manos, comenzo a identificar todas las piezas. Usualmente no tengo arte relacionado a automoviles en la sala de nuestro hogar, pero su escultura ya tiene un lugar especial donde todos los que nos visiten podran admirarla.
Just received the Rustic Piano Man. I'm so pleased, I came to the site to submit a review. The piece is well made and it looks even better in person. It was also very well packaged for shipping. Thanks so much. I love this. I'm sure this will be the first one in my collection.
I know this is unusual- submitting a second testimonial on the same art, but after all these months I am still amazed and moved, Armando by your depiction of Christ and I really hope that you get a commission one day to produce another one on a grand scale. Producing a Divine Subject from the most basic of materials into a wondrous work of art is both a political and spiritual statement regardless of religious bias or not. This is really what I meant to say also, and I hope Novica will indulge this second testimonial. Anthony
hello armando, i have ordered several items of your iron sculpture collection and i think they are extremely beautiful in its craftsmanship and detail. however i just wanted to know whether these items need any protective treatment to prevent it from rusting or not. all the best and keep it up.. harsh seksaria
Armando, I just received the rustic guard dog, WOW!!!!! He is the most wonderful work of art I own, I can not believe the loving personality this dog has, You are so very talented and it is a pleasure and honor to have your art in my home. Thank you so much and God bless you! and a special thanks to Novica ! Cindy
I think what you make is beautiful! My husband is a mechanic and to give him a gift made of car parts is priceless! I could never find something liek you make any where else!
I Just received The baseball players sculpture and it was even better than I thought it would be. My wife really loved it (she loves baseball) and will keep it in her desk at work. Nicely finished and a quality piece. Thanks! Rich Sommers
I received a chess set from Armando and it is a great functional piece of art that looks smashing in my home. Now I have to brush up on my game!
This is absolutely brilliant Armando. I bought it for my dentist who has done 13 root canals on me so far. We suggested a cup or a certificate for his endeavours but this is spot on. Thank you and delivery to the UK so quick only two days. Margaret Harrison
I just received the Iron statuette, 'Park Bench Sweethearts' that you made as a gift I purchased for my husband for Valentine's Day. We both loved it! It is so cute Armando. A perfect size too. Not too big and not too small. Many thanks for great workmanship on the statuette. I also loved the way it arrived, wrapped so nicely ready for gift giving! Many thanks, you are quite creative!
I received the gecko key rack made of car parts. Very unique and nicely done. I purchased it for a friend of mine. She has everything to do with geckos and loved it!
Armando is the reason I shop with Novica. My brother gave ""Rustic Drummer"" to my son - and we loved it. So, I gave ""Studio Photographer"" to my brother in law and ""Rustic Rocker"" to my husband. The work is so creative. I couldn't be happier. Thank you!
Thank you for the statuette ""Haircut"". I purchased this piece for my hairdresser who opened his own salon last month and I wanted to give him a gift to celebrate his new venture. He loved the statuette and now has it displayed for all to see. Please, if you can, make a statuette of a cat (I am a cat lover) and also one for a chiropractor. I love all the pieces you have made and am looking forward to many more.
Hello, Great work. I have a 21 yo son who plays paintball. Can you try doing a rustic art Paintballer? He plays all over the US, his college team and is currently on an Ecuador paintball team. He lives and breathes paintball like you do your artistic work. It would be a nice gift for me to give him for all his efforts. I bought your Rustic Baseball players the other day for my 15 yo son who does baseball. Great work and Thank You! Bob Fort Myers, FL
I ordered the Rustic Warriors chess set for a Christmas present. It is absolutely fantastic, I LOVE it. The craftmanship is amazing, and if you are looking for something that is different, then Armando really delivers. I would highly recommend his work. How I am going to wait until Christmas I don't know, I am so excited about it. Thank you -
Thank you so much for a great statue!!! (""will you marry me"") we are going to have 6 years anniversary soon and this this sculpture is just perfect because my husband made a proposal on a bench like that:)))
Mr Ramirez, yesterday I received the order I placed on line. What a wonderful suprise it was to see you had giftwraped it already. This will be a birthday gift for my boyfriend. This is a man you is very difficult to shop for. I can't wait to see his face when he openes his gift. Thank you so much
My husband loves to watch old movies. I saw the Rustic Film Projector on your website, and decided to purchase it for Father's Day. My husband LOVED IT!!!!!! He immediately checked out the various parts that Armando used to construct the sculpture. I was very pleased with the quality and the speedy delivery. Thanks NOVICA and Armando - great work!!!!
Loved it. Husband thought it was fantastic
Hello, I recently purchased the work entitled psychotherapist. I was pleasantly surprised to see how big it was. Not only are these creations clever they make excellent use of recycled materials. Thank you for your talents and advocacy for the environment.
Purchased: Rustic Gallop horse sculpture. I started collecting recycled metal pieces earlier this year, and this is the best of the bunch. It's superbly crafted, and I proudly display it in the center of my mantel. One of my best purchases.
I purchased 123003 Iron statuette, 'Rustic Sweethearts' for our 6th Anniversary since the theme is iron. I ran across Armando's pieces and I just loved them. Rustic Sweethearts was delivered yesterday wrapped in a cute little package and an awesome bow with a nice note. I loved Iron statuette and it was worth the wait! I plan on purchasing more pieces!
I received the ""Rustic Root Canal"" and my dentist LOVED it so much and so do I. It is a very impressive piece of artwork with great weight and balance and because I ordered the deluxe gift wrapping I had to go on faith that it would be as beautiful as the picture and it truly exceeds anything I ever expected. Thank you so much, Armando. You are a wonderful artistan and I am so glad I am following you as I want to see the new things you create. You are an amazing young man and I wish you all the success in the world. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it very, very much.
I ordered 3different sculptures dentist, chiropractors and therapist they are magnificent. I can't wait to give them to my friends. They are very well made and so creative Thank you so much Joyce Simon
I gave my hairdresser the statue of the Rustic Hairdresser. She loves it! Its a very unique gift and it always sits on her shelf for everybody to see. Armando is very talented.
Thanks to Armando Ramirez and Novica I just gave my husband one of the best Christmas gifts ever. We are so impressed with our beautiful new sculpture. It looks even more amazing in real life than it did in the picture. It is superb quality, very sturdy and large, and gorgeous. I can't believe the price was so affordable for this kind of quality and beauty. We're so proud of our new sculpture, I want to show it to everybody!
I've purchased several items from Armando Ramirez including Motohorse and Heroic Don Quixote. His imagination and skill result in some amazing artwork. I haven't seen anything that comes even close elsewhere. Thank you! A. Kuhn
As soon as I saw the Park Bench Sweethearts sculpture, I knew I had to buy it for my husband. It's darling. I don't know how you managed to capture such an intimate moment using metal car and bicycle parts, Armando, but you did. These two seem almost as if they were in motion a moment earlier and we've caught them mid-kiss. They remind us of ourselves, holding hands and sneaking a smooch when we think no one's looking. We love this little piece.
Absolutely tremendous customer care. Product came safely and beautifully wrapped. Completely satisfied with the purchase and the artist (Armando Ramirez). Will most certainly buy again. Very appreciative of the hand written post card that accompanied the order.
I have ordered this amazing art piece for my husband as a wedding anniversary gift. He is a machinist and loves all things metal. When it arrived, he was delighted as a kid. Item came gift wrapped, with a card from Novica, Mexico office and a card with a message from me. The Bull head statue is simply amazing. We have it proudly displayed in the sitting room of our home. Highly Recommend!
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