My name is Patrick Hayes, and I was born and raised a California boy, but in January of 2014 relocated to Tennessee. I am a graduate from CSUF, with a BA in Business Entrepreneurship, and am happily married to my best friend.
I've always been the creative type, however, I have not always been focused on one outlet for my creativity. I've been a touring musician, photographer, amateur cook, painter, cocktail aficionado, budding entrepreneur and often refer to myself as a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none. Regardless, I am determined, hardworking, sometimes impulsive, and above all else; passionate.
So, how did I end up creating art from 100 year old houses?
Well, I have always had a fascination with urban decay and imagining the way society was 60, 80, 100+ years ago. I remember, when I was in high school, discovering a photographer by the name of Rob Dobi and his site--New England Ruins--and wanting to do what he did; explore and document old buildings that had been abandoned and left for the elements to do what they pleased. I made it my life's mission to be an adventurer, an explorer of all things old.
Granted, growing up in California, there was not too much abandoned to explore. So after moving to Tennessee in January of 2014 I began seeking out older abandoned structures to explore, and despite a few run-ins with the authorities for "trespassing," have found a way to--legally--preserve the past through my work.
I still get excited every time I get the opportunity to explore and salvage from a new-old home or building. I literally feel like a kid at Christmas not knowing what I will find in a closet or basement. And although at times it can be eerie, being in a place that once had so much life, it is comforting at the same time knowing that the lives of the homes I explore and salvage from don't end in a dumpster, the legacy is carried on through my work.
I am self-taught, although I will say that I owe a lot of creativity and passion for learning to my Grandfathers, my learning comes mostly YouTube and the internet. I began building out of necessity. Being a starving artist and student, I did not have an excess of funds to spend on furniture, so instead of getting lost in, and spending all my money at Ikea, I built it myself. Whether it was a coffee table, or a desk I could find a way to make it rather than buy it, and what started out as a hobby has since grown into a full-time journey.
To this day, I still don't know what I want to be when I "grow up," but what I do know, is that I love to create, and I am thankful for everyday when I get to wake-up, explore, make things with my hands, and share my story, as well as the stories of others.
It is important to know that although now, more than ever, "reclaimed" wood furniture is becoming the quite the trend.
My work and 1767 is about more than just reclaiming wood, it's about preserving a legacy.