Paul Firbank – aka The Rag and Bone Man – is a master of reinvention: a contemporary craftsman and modern-day ‘totter’, he takes aged aircraft engines, scrapped vintage machinery, junked rare car parts and even old golf clubs, turning them into unique, crafted, contemporary classics.

Not only does he transform what most people would see as scrap into heirlooms of outstanding beauty, Paul channels the character and quirks of components into chandeliers, lamps, chests, barstools, tables or even coat hangers. During this time he honed his skills, built up his collection of tools and time-honoured machinery and continued to collect bits of bikes and interesting pieces of scrap from grease shops and scrap yards around the east end of London, hence The Rag and Bone name.

Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud describes him as “the unchallenged king of the scrapheap, ruler of recycling and a gifted craftsman in metal”.

To celebrate Paul’s artistic and independent work, Sol are giving away ten ‘Rag&Bone man’ bottle openers. Inspired from the shape of an early and rare classic British motorcycle conrod wrench, these unique items are presented in a leather pouch inspired by the traditional motorcycle tool roll and are cast from grade 17 refined grey iron from a British foundry. They have been finished using a blend of pure linseed oil and white beeswax to protect their surface.

Read Paul Firbank’s interview here.

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Terms & Conditions: Promotion closes at 23:59 on 31 August 2015. UK mainland only. There are ten prizes of a conrod bottle opener, and the promotion is open to readers of The Independent, and readers of its sister papers the Evening Standard and i. The winner will be the first entry selected at random after the closing date and will be contacted by 2 September 2015. Over 18s only. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Only one online entry per person. Usual promotion rules apply, see For further information, please write to Customer Care, The Independent, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT. Promoter: Heineken.