Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Give Greyson Taylor a few rolls of duct tape and the possibilities are endless.
At the age of 10 Greyson came across videos showing wallets being made out of duct tape. He promptly grabbed a roll and tried his hand at making one and soon developed different designs and techniques of his own. After numerous requests for new designs by family and friends at school, he developed an ever-expanding line of duct tape products: wallets, braided and flat bracelets, checkbook and tablet covers, koozies, purses, bookmarks, roses, the list goes on.
Being the young entrepreneur he is, Greyson decided to make a business out of his hobby and began peddling his wares on the arts and crafts circuit under the Duct Tape Dude banner. His parents, Allen and Lisa Taylor, help with things such as logistics, travel and material purchase but Greyson makes all the products himself almost entirely of duct tape.
In April, for the first time, Duct Tape Dude will bring his craftsmanship back to the town where Greyson was born through a booth at this year’s Flowertown Festival. There, he will offer a wide variety of products and prices, with a range from 50 cents to $25.
His crafts wear similar to leather or cloth products, but often hold up better in wet conditions. He even makes customize products, though that can take anywhere from15 minutes to a couple of hours depending on complexity.
“While there are thousands of kids making things every day out of duct tape, Greyson has refined his craft and continues to add new products,” Allen Taylor said in an email message. “He also has created duct tape hats, jackolanterns, vases, and clothes. To help draw attention to his booth, he has created a life-size duct tape mannequin of himself and a booth sign made exclusively of duct tape.”
The craftsman even once made a duct tape canoe that was successfully tested in a lake.