Abe Megerdichian was a member of America’s Greatest Generation. Born in 1923, he grew up during the Great Depression, served in World War II and entered the work force after his honorable discharge as a machinist for his entire career. If surveys are correct that his generation tends toward conservatism, he fit the pattern. He had great appreciation and respect for what had come before.
Abe worked in the aircraft engine industry, where precision and strict adherence to tried and true design was of maximum importance. In his free time Abe continued to work with metal, making miniature and full size, artistic interpretations of everyday objects. The very nature of Abe’s art was conservative for what he crafted he made from repurposed scrap metal.
Abe’s work colleagues had called him The Tinkerer, a moniker he was happy to accept. He tinkered in his home workshop too. Tinkerers are conservative by nature for they want to maximize and extend the usefulness of everything in a different form. They are experimenters, willing to try a new approach or method and yet another if the first failed.
The subject matter of Abe’s art spanned a wide spectrum: jewelry, industrial and household items, musical instruments, sports and games, vehicles and other categories. In all his art, he employed wit and craftsmanship.
The following photographs show Abe’s art pieces, the subjects of which we could define as antiquated. He would have called them old fashioned, for to him these objects restored precious memories from his past. His art pieces were recreations of some actual items that he had once owned, and which he believed had been designed or made better previously. He had nostalgia for certain goods that were no longer manufactured because they had become obsolete. These antiquated products live on, conserved by Abe’s meticulously crafted art.
Abe himself called these and several other cars “futuristic.” His vision of cars of the future may differ from ours for these have a distinctly 1930s look, when Abe would have been no more than about 16.