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Aleš Belšak

  • Abel von Rust
  • Furniture maker
  • Destrnik, Slovenia
  • Rising Star
Aleš Belšak Furniture maker
Slovenian, English, German
By appointment only
+386 51425447
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From trash to treasure

  • • Aleš breathes new life into old forgotten items
  • • He believes our ancestors made things to last
  • • His creations stand out for their unique character

Aleš Belšak is a physical education teacher by profession, who started woodworking only a few years ago in his early thirties, while renovating his apartment. He refurbished a couple of antiques he found at home and fell in love with reclaimed wood and the process of re-purposing old objects. In 2020, he started creating as Abel von Rust, a brand name and his alter ego that reflects his urge to create. Aleš is an endless source of creativity and leaves nothing to chance, which the name of his brand clearly depicts: Abel was coined out of his name and surname, rust is a symbol for old things, and von indicates nobility, hence Abel von Rust. His creations from reclaimed wood and old industrial hardware stand out for their unique character and sustainable touch.

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Big Wheel Chandelier

The chandelier consists of old chains and a cast iron wheel that was part of a mechanism for capturing water from a well. The wheel has a diameter of 75 cm and weighs about 25 kg. It is attached to the ceiling with a specially made bracket and is combined with conical chains.

Diameter 75 cm

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Sewing machine book holder

The basis for the book holder is a sewing machine, divided into two parts and put on old walnut bed frames. All components were cleaned and waxed with beeswax.

Length 50 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 25 cm

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Railway Wien coffee table

The coffee table is made in an industrial style. The table top and the frame are made of hand-hewn oak wood, which once formed part of typical houses in Slovenjske Gorice. The structure sits on cast-iron wheels by Railway Wien, hence the name, from an abandoned sawmill in Austria.

Length 116 cm
Width 80 cm
Height 39 cm

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Oak Beam Chandelier

Hand-cleaned, brushed and sanded oak beam from a typical house in Slovenjske Gorice, attached to the ceiling with re-used chains and a specially adapted oak beam. The bulb sockets are in a brass hue combined with a black decorative cord.

Length 140 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 16 cm

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Vito Gearbox Coffee Table

The table is made of various machine spare parts that Aleš found in his workshop. The moving parts in the middle of the table are gears from the car’s gearbox. All parts are sandblasted and powder-coated in matte black. The table top is made of a large cast iron sprocket and glass.

Diameter 80 cm

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