My dear friend, Chase,
I am sending you some pictures of the SR-71 Blackbird to remind you of this wonderful piece of art which you crafted for me so many years ago out of found materials.
I was visiting your art exhibit in the foyer of CIA headquarters where there also happened to be a large scale model of the Blackbird and the U-2.
I commented on what a marvelous feat of engineering the SR-71 was and what beautiful lines it had. Much to my surprise a few weeks later this fantastic model showed up on my doorstep.
Your artistic talent and terrific eye for marrying a variety of materials and colors to achieve an unexpected result is only exceeded by your incredible generosity. You put so much into each piece that I feel they are all a part of you. I will always treasure this gift, but not nearly so much as I cherish our friendship.
I marvel at the new things you are doing. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see your next creation.
Chase Brandon’s been a personal friend and professional colleague for some 35-years and much of the camaraderie we enjoy has involved hunting and fishing. He shares my particular enthusiasm for guns and knows about my former military service in the Army Special Forces. I am very aware of his language skills as a linguistics specialist, and most definitely recognize his talents as a gifted, published writer and a one-time machinist who became an amazing artist specializing in what we both jokingly call his junkanimation motif. This guy can take the most useless looking junk and craft it into truly beautiful works of art and a number of his items have been on display at CIA Headquarters and The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. I was totally surprised, and no pun-intended, blown-away when he presented me a custom-made, completely inert, artistic rendering of a machine gun crafted from an old drill motor, paint sprayer, vacuum cleaner tube and all kinds of other junk parts stored in the most elaborate storage bin system I’ve ever seen in a shop. He made this totally authentic-looking piece as an additional display item on my office wall where I have other memorabilia from my years of military service. That is indeed where it is, and I could not be more proud of it, or more grateful to have such a long-standing friendship and brotherhood with him. It has been wonderful for me to watch his artistry expand and refine over the years. When it comes to creativity, imagination and improvised problem solving, my friend Chase is in a class all by himself.
My husband and I have known Chase for decades, and his amazing creativity has always been apparent to us. I showed him an old metal, serving bowl stand that I inherited from a great-aunt and part of an antique chandelier I found a long time ago at a flea market. I asked him if he could turn it into some kind of lamp for the entry-way of our home. Chase accepted the “challenge” and promptly took my stuff to his place where he added some other old chandelier scraps he had, along with the socket parts from a broken lamp he had squirreled away in his super-cool shop. And voilà he delivered an incredible lighting fixture that is focal point of our entry hall. Everyone who visits wants to know where it came from because they want one just like. As I tell them: there is only one of these, and a one-of-a-kind artist who made it. Chase is not just a great family friend; he’s an incredible kind of guy who can make anything out of anything else.