April 27, 2013

Tic Top 5 Interview: Ahren Gauthier

Welcome to Tic Top 5 where we ask an artist or specialist the hard hitting questions (not really they're actual quite easy). Todays specialist is U.S. based Ahren Gauthier who is a Molder, Caster, two time guest on the weekly online toy show Toy Break and Super Knowledgable on all things casting. 

Through his company ImprobableCastAhren produces soft tooling and resin castings as well as sculpting, prototyping, painting, 3D print finishing and production for a variety of industries. Being more of a behind the scenes kind of guy we thought it would be a great idea to get Ahren to answer the Tic Top 5 for today:
  1. How did you start in the industry of creating & customizing?
    I have been building models since I was a kid but the first time I ever got paid to do work like this was working for Games Workshop back in the early 2000s.
  2. What was the first toy or item you customized or created?
    Probably one of those build your own robot kits. I used to think I wanted to go into robotics so I spent years monkeying around with them.
  3. What influences you?
    Because a lot of what I do day to day is on the "technical" end of toys, I am constantly (my lady love would probably say incessantly) watching videos, reading tech bulletins about new materials and manufacturing processes.
  4. What are your weapons of choice?These are the things I use almost every single day: Accurate gram scale - I literally could not do my work without one. Wax pen. Epoxy putty. Drill mixer. Nitrile gloves. Electrical tape.

  5. If you could collaborate with anyone (living or dead) who would it be?Matt and Michelle Doughty from Onell Design are #1 with a bullet, Paul Kaiju, Dream Rocket, Mark Nagata, about a million other people. My wish list is loooooong!
If you'd like to get in touch with Ahren here's his links:
Coming back tomorrow to see who's next in the Tic Top 5 hot seat.