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Kevin Hewitt (@chophueycustoms)

Welcome to this week's #benchmarkspotlight (formerly the #weldershowcase) - we had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin from @chophueycustoms and talk a little shop.
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Name:  Kevin Hewitt

Business Name:  Chop Huey Customs 

Location: Simi Valley, California 

Socials: IG: @chophueycustoms  FB: ChopHueyCustoms

Specialties:  Steel and Wood Fabrication

Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
My name is Kevin Hewitt. I was once a pro skater that ended up with a horrible crash that almost ended my life. For this reason I started welding all together. A new outlook on life . I’ve always been in a trade working with steel or wood. I’ve been fabricating custom bikes since 2017.
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
What keeps me motivated is the constant change in styles.. being able to build bicycles that resemble what my life dream has been - custom choppers.
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
My favorite shop tool by far has to be my millermatic 211 welder . Oh and my hydraulic tube bender.
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
I’ve had a few best projects to work on , the two best would be (Dirk Diggler) my chopper . Or the (blue rose) these two bikes paved the way for future builds.
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
Where I’d like to see myself down the road... would be building bikes full time.
What BA product is your favorite and why?
My favorite tool from benchmark would have to be the flap disc, they last longer than any other disc I’ve ever used.
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
The one person I’d would love to work with would be Robert Belyea of HB Cruisers
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Just take your time.
What are your future plans for your shop?
As far as future plans, I’d like to expand and sell bikes in shops all over the world.
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
Thank you very much for this opportunity to spotlight my company. Much appreciated!


A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Kevin! Sorry to hear about your skating accident and glad you're still around to make these awesome custom bikes.
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