Chris Fisher is a maker. An artisan. A visionary.
His materials are mostly refuse and resin, convenient because he owns a local recycling business.
His blue eyes twinkle talking about how the School of the Arts recently bought 20 tons of tumbled glass from him to build an interactive park. Fisher Recycling's most glam products are one-of-a-kind kitchen counters with shiny bits of oyster, conch and recycled glass that are as glossy as a magazine.
As designers are finding out about his wares and snapping them up, Chris’ work is shifting from the straight-up business of recycling to a much more creative phase, using the detritus himself to make something that is greener than your kale smoothie.
A lot of unusual and sentimental items find their way into his resin-y mixes. This is his jam, and his bread and butter. A customer recently brought him musket balls from the Civil War, nails from an antique barn and boulders from the World Trade Center to use in a custom piece. He can grind them down to create slabs used for walkways, backsplashes, hearths and more. When Rewined cuts off the bottoms of recycled wine bottles, Chris gets the tops and recycles those, so none of it goes to a landfill.
What else gets him jazzed up in life? Surfing. "There is nothing better than getting on the same wave and riding next to your 17-year-old son."
Entrepreneurial Superpowers: fixes giant machines himself, learns by doing, dreams up new products constantly, innovates.
So put a big R on his chest for The Recycler, but keep an artist’s tool in his back pocket, because this superman does it all.
Words by: Dee Dee Arthur
Photos by: Karson Photography