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SWEETS!!!

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Urban Hobo is about “artful edibles” ….simple great goodness delivered in cool packaging. Great gifts at great prices for yourself or for someone special.

We are happy to speak with you regarding our cookies and caramels and customize your order for corporate gifts, events or something for yourself!

Our goal is to provide cool gifts that are handmade and unique and not pricey.

Be sure to check out our website http://www.urbanhobo.com.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Shawn O’Hara-Smith
Urban Hobo
shawn@urban-hobo.com
480-929-4008

 

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Tools…Juan’s Perspective

One of the things that gives our art work a unique character are the tools we use. These aren’t just any run-of-the-mill hardware store tools. These tools have a history. A soul. Many of them belonged to our parents and grandparents. We don’t simply enjoy using them because of their family history. It goes much deeper than that, because we each grew up using these very same tools. And, each of them has provenance. Each of these tools were used in a professional trade.

Here are a few examples of the tools we currently employ in our tin work. The two dollies were used by my Grandpa Smith in his Radiator/Body Shop in the 1920’s, ‘30’s and ‘40’s. Back when cars were made from actual steel. If you needed to shape a new body part or re-shape a damaged one, you would place the appropriate dolly behind the piece of steel and pound on the other side with a hammer, until the desired shape was achieved. These dollies are made from solid blocks of steel. After they were retired to my Grandfather’s personal workshop, I used them for many “important” projects when I was a kid. I even used them to pound out a few dents in friend’s cars.

One of the ball peen hammers belonged to my Grandpa Swinford. He used it in his carpentry business and I used it when I first learned to hammer nails (it was a lot lighter than a claw hammer and I hit the wood as often as I hit the nail, so it really didn’t matter if it was the right tool or not).

The other ball peen hammer belonged to Shawn’s Mother, Phyllis. She used it in her Art Gallery. Shawn spent a lot of time working in the gallery and used it to hang pictures.

Each of these tools were originally used professionally, for years, in artful endeavors. Over time they developed scars and wear and characters all their own. These very tools were used by our parents and grandparents to teach us skills and pass along a little bit of their knowledge. We are carrying on that tradition by using them in our own artful endeavors. Used together, they shape our tin work and give each piece a unique appearance and a little bit of history all their own.

 

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Urban Hobo is Live!

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It’s here! Finally….it’s here!!!! Our website is up and running. Although its a little crude and I’m still trying to figure things out, we have something out there with a new logo and ready to hit this next next adventure full force.

Urban Hobo is about “artful edibles” ….simple great goodness delivered in cool packaging AND funky eclectic art handmade for a gift, yourself or seasonal items.

When we first decided to enter into this new adventure, I had no idea what to expect. I did not wish to look back one day and say…”What if?” OR “I wished I would’ve trusted my instincts and had the courage to start something on my own..” SO….we are starting out very small and see where this takes us. Juan and I encourage you to visit our website www.urban-hobo.com. Please check often as we will have new updates on our baked goods and eclectic stuff!. Especially when we approach the holidays we will have some great items for you to peruse,

I am happy to speak with you regarding our cookies and caramels and customize your order for corporate gifts, events or something for yourself!

The crosses and ornaments (available soon) are one of a kind. No two are made exactly alike. Once it’s sold…there will not be another one exactly the same. I make them by hand and also make the charms that hang by hand.

Most of the eclectic art we make comes from recycled materials, simple pop art designs and lots of glue, nails, paint, screws…anything that we might come across.

Our goal is to provide cool gifts that are handmade and unique and not pricey.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Aloha…Bienvenida…Bienvenue…Benvenuti…Willkommen…Welcome!

 

One of my costumes for halloween as a child was being a hobo!Welcome to our new blog…Urban Hobo! I am so excited (along with Juan) to get this part of our adventure started. We are so excited about this new path we are taking. We’ve recently made the decision to relocate to Texas and for me it is coming home. No not exactly the same…as so much has changed in the last twenty something years here…but a familiarity of small town feel in a much bigger and more populated city!

Our goal is still to blog about “right-sizing” your life and living a simpler lifestyle (I know nothing has changed about me using a favorite word of the day). However, we really wish to embrace both local and throughout the southwest great “Mom & Pop” places you should check out. Still love many of the “box stores” out there, however, you can find some of the neatest gifts, clothing, eateries  and other cool products and services from “Mom & Pop” than you could in a large corporate retail/restaurant site.

This will also be the place where we will showcase some of the “artful edibles” and unique gift items we have AND…where we might be in the Southwest at a local art/fair/market event. We would LOVE to meet you!

If you have something unique you would like to share, I would welcome you to email me so we could share on future posts.

Juan and I are excited to be here on this new path….We’re so thankful you will be here to enjoy the ride.

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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