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Josh Waldbaum stands in front of a lighting fixture he made from tin cans and knotted rope, and a decorative driftwood mosaic of a marlin. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Maya, a pitbull Josh Waldbaum rescued, rests on a bed Waldbaum made among his other creations. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Pictured is an outdoor table and some chair Malibu resident Josh Waldbaum fashioned from found materials. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Pictured is a dog bed Malibu resident Josh Waldbaum created from discarded materials. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
6:48 pm PDT May 9, 2014

Malibu resident Josh Waldbaum looked down at the Rolex watch clasped to his wrist one day in 2008. Just days before, the item served as a testament to his success as a private fitness trainer, his social status and his worth. It was now worthless to him.

“I had no job, I had nowhere to live and I had about $100 in the bank,” Waldbaum said. “I thought, ‘All this watch does is tell time. I’ll make my own watch.’”