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From Mind to Metal: the book by Randy Johnson about the automotive art of Randy Grubb, published June 2017

From Mind to Metal book cover

 From Mind to Metal is the definitive book on the life and work of automotive artist Randy Grubb, who sold his first giant hot rod, the Tank Car, to Jay Leno. Grubb followed that up with a string of hits — the Indy Special, the B-702, Piss’d Off Pete, the DecoLiner, the DecoPods, the Decoson, Bob “Rocket Man” Maddox’s Pulse Jet Lakester, Tim “Frogman” Cotterill’s Rocket 3, and the Falconer Dodici: all have been appreciated internationally by gear heads, lovers of Art Deco and the Streamline styles, as well as by traditional American and European coach builders.

Aaron Robinson, executive editor of Car and Driver, wrote the foreword for the book, offering humor-injected insights into Grubb’s motivations for creating his extreme hot rods. Carolyn Pavia-Rauchman, copy chief of Car and Driver, signed on as editor.

Author Randy Johnson has documented Grubb’s sculpture since 2012, often visiting Randy’s Grants Pass, Oregon, garage several times a week. He produced the YouTube video series, Randy Grubb’s Garage, and was able to get the inside story on Grubb by accompanying him on two road trips in the extraordinary, Flash-Gordonesque DecoLiner. In researching the book, he interviewed Grubb numerous times, as well as the builder’s family, and many of his friends and collaborators.

The book is available through Randy Grubb's website: www.randygrubb.com


Samples of writing and editing

All design, photography, and graphics featured in the stories below are by Randy Johnson except the Moon photo by NASA, Bob Stewart with Mercury by Shannon Fain,
jewelry and India pictures courtesy of Fire Mountain Gems, and cover photos for University In Transition

Randy Grubb Semi Rod
Piss'd Off Pete by Randy Grubb
Story, photos, and design by Randy Johnson
For Bob Drake Reproductions
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Pacific NorthWest Scrap Rod
Story, photos, and design by Randy Johnson
Ol' Skool Rodz, No. 57, May 2013
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Streamlined Moonrunner
Story, photos, and design by Randy Johnson
For Bob Drake Reproductions
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Mel Taormino: Tradition is Everything
Story & photos by Randy Johnson & Shannon Fain
For Bob Drake Reproductions Catalog 26


Anatomy of a Car Nut: Bob "Lil Axle" Stewart
Story and design by Randy Johnson
For Bob Drake Reproductions
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Hot Wheels
Story and photos by Randy Johnson
For Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Bead & Button Magazine

The Beadmobile
Story and photos by Randy Johnson
For Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
BeadFest Magazine

University In Transition
By Lynn Shostack
Published by Ohio University Libraries
Edited by Randy Johnson

Visions of the Flying Artist
By Medora Nankervis
Edited and designed by Randy Johnson

What's Erupting
Newsletter for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Edited by Randy Johnson


The Silver Treasure of Rajasthan
Feature story for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
by Randy Johnson
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Evans Creek Vineyard: Grape Expectations
Special feature for the Rogue River Press, 11-9-11

First UFO Mystery Solved
By Randy Johnson

Story concept by Randy Johnson and Shannon Fain


Create Sparkling Jewelry with Perfect Color Schemes

Fire Mountain Gems
Story, graphics, and design by Randy Johnson

To request writing samples
Contact: Randy Johnson, 822 Forest Lake Drive, Lakeland, FL 33809 info@johnsonartworks.com (541) 660-2097

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