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ELLSWORTH — Create some unique and cool metal art, post it on Instagram, and you never know who will come calling. Ellsworth High School graduate Tom Patsis first took a call from Netflix, who saw his work on social media. Then he took home the top $50,000 prize in “Metal Shop Masters,” which Netflix aired in September of 2021.

Patsis had already carved out an artist’s life after over a decade at professional drag racing’s Don Schumacher Racing in Indianapolis. He’d learned his welding and automotive skills at Hancock County Technical Center and K&B Automotive, and then at the University of Northwestern Ohio Motorsports College.

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Tom Patsis displays a model car he constructed in his Cold Hard Art studio.

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Metal artist Tom Patsis creates unique trophies for drag and motorsports racing.

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