“That is the place the magic occurs,” Emjee “Diesel” Bekker stated as he demonstrated the appliance of hydrographics — an ornamental materials that may be utilized to many surfaces — at his store within the metropolis of Tehachapi.
And there’s lots of magic taking place at Hydrochrome, the enterprise Bekker began about seven years in the past. You may be shocked to be taught of the vary of services he and his workforce of 4 present from the corporate’s store at 325 Industrial Parkway.
Hydrochrome was chosen as Small Enterprise of the Yr as a part of the annual awards program sponsored by the Larger Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and Tehachapi Information. The corporate will obtain its award on the chamber’s awards and set up dinner on Could 21.
Assume paint and physique store morphed into an industrial design studio and also you may be describing Hydrochrome.
It’s true that the corporate makes a speciality of high-end customized finishes. It’s additionally true that Hydrochrome — which Bekker began in his storage — is consistently evolving. Providers additionally embody fabrication and the proprietor’s inventive expertise is clear.
Utilizing Spectra Chrome, a spray-on chrome course of, the Hydrochrome store can add a sturdy shiny end in lots of colours to absolutely anything. Initiatives vary from artwork items to inside design, automotive elements and automotive customization and restoration.
Initiatives have included gold-chromed skates for blader Damon Franklin, gold-chromed trim for Gotham Storage and a shiny dome used as a stage prop for the Grammy Awards.
Maybe you’d wish to have a teddy bear chromed — or a shiny coating on balloon creations — or guitar our bodies, even bathtubs! From useful to whimsical — should you can think about it, Hydrochrome can assist you convey your dream to life.
“We make particular issues for individuals,” Bekker stated.
A number of items of a venture within the store not too long ago had been awaiting a chrome end and can then be shipped to a consumer to be used at a high-end salon in New York Metropolis. A spread of initiatives is on show on the entrance to the store together with automotive elements lined with brightly coloured graphics.
Customized fabrication — together with elements for wind generators — can also be a part of the combination and Bekker stated a 17-foot-tall CNC (pc numerical management) mill will quickly be put in within the store’s fabrication space, enabling much more creativity.
A few of Hydrochrome’s efforts have gone to group service.
Notable examples embody:
• One-of-a-kind chromed tumbleweed artwork donated to an public sale to help the Henrietta Weill Memorial Little one Steering Clinic & Grownup Behavioral Well being.
• A customized helmet created for a younger woman who races little automobiles.
• Automobiles for teenagers to make use of within the Stallion Springs field automotive race.
• A customized paint job for the airplane constructed by highschool college students within the Tehachapi Construct-A-Airplane venture sponsored by the Tehachapi Society of Pilots.
“It’s good to present again,” he stated of those efforts. “It’s all about group.”
Bekker moved along with his household to Lancaster when he was 14 years outdated, then on to Tehachapi the place he graduated from eighth grade and completed highschool.
He needed to be taught English first, then started studying each talent he might. He took up welding, tile work, roofing and framing earlier than he acquired into the paint business and began studying bodywork.
“Then I acquired actually intrigued with it, went to school for it and acquired into fiberglass. I stored engaged on my abilities and at some point I simply stated, you understand, I’m carried out working for any person else,” he stated.
Earlier than he began Hydrochrome, he additionally labored around the globe for about eight years, working massive cranes. He stated he was glad to return residence to work, which lets him use his inventive abilities.
He and his spouse, Sarah, have a 5-year-old daughter, Emma.
“She’s wonderful,” he stated.
Claudia Elliott is a contract journalist and former editor of the Tehachapi Information. She lives in Tehachapi and may be reached by e mail: email@example.com.