Enter sanderman: James Hetfield has been making tables

Metallica's James Hetfield
Metallica's James Hetfield (Image credit: Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Torrance Daily Breeze - Getty)

While many musicians have been creating music in their home studios during lockdown and sharing their work on social media, Metallica’s James Hetfield (opens in new tab) has been doing something a little bit different.

The vocalist and guitarist has been using his downtime to create tables – and the finished pieces have now been entered into a raffle, with cash raised going to Metallica’s All Within My Hands (opens in new tab) foundation.

Alongside a picture of Hetfield on the foundation’s Instagram, a message reads: “During shelter in place, Metallica’s own James Hetfield has used some of his time at home to hone a new creative outlet.

“He has designed and built a set of handmade end tables, with all the welding and woodwork happening in his own garage. 

“We are raffling them off, and one lucky winner will receive the set, signed and personalised by James!”

Each $10 donation guarantees the buyer one raffle entry, with all the funds raised going towards welding initiatives through the Metallica Scholars Initiative.

The contest will wrap up on June 30 and donations are now being taken.

Last month, a video showing a selection of Hetfield’s classic cars was released by the Petersen Automotive Museum, where the Metallica star had his Reclaimed Rust exhibition. 

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.