Saturday, July 23, 2011

Windmills, Hubcaps, and Geocaching

On my way to buy supplies today I pasted the windmill just like most days that I go somewhere, it's just down the road. It's been there for a long time since the early 80's when we moved to C'ton, I remember it was one of the first land marks on runs for cross country in high school, maybe 1/4 - 1/2 of a mile into the run and if we came back the same road that windmill meant we were almost done. Now I pass by and it sits alone in an empty field, once there were greenhouses and a thriving nursery, maybe they disappeared when the Wal-mart was built adjacent to the field. I'm not sure I left town for college and now have been back for seven months, soon to be eight. It's strange to see things that you took for granted or never noticed but now I think how cool is that? I also see many houses around town that are great examples of southern vernacular architecture also but I do remember all of the old barns around here, I've always been fascinated with them, photographing them, drawing them, and painting them.

 So today I saw a couple by the old windmill pulled off the street and poking around the base. What were they doing, this was odd. I rarely see anyone out of their car and looking at that windmill and thought maybe they were geocaching, either setting up something or there was a cache there. I don't know. Maybe they just liked the rusted windmill that whines and creaks in the wind.

Now, for the hubcaps. I found a 64 Buick Wildcat convertible in the junkyard the other day and got 2 different hubcaps off of the same car. I guess they couldn't find 4 matching but 2 different pairs. I got the best 2 and turns out they were both used for that car, strange, coincidence or not?  And a 70's AMC hubcap. Also some altoids clocks. Thanks!
1964 Buick Wildcat hubcap clock

1964 Buick Wildcat

71-77 AMC Hubcap Clock

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Latest Adventures

Altoids Clock
These are a few things that I have been working on lately for my etsy shop, MetalArtDude's Metal Shop. An Altoids tin clock, a 72 Buick Electra 225 Hubcap Clock, and a Metal Dog, Rusty. Recently the gallery that I have work at in downtown HomeGrown Decatur was featured on the local news about local small downtown shops and such, there is a video on the home page for the gallery. They pass by an Altoids clock and a couple of robots that I made. So what else has been going on? I went to the sauna yesterday for 4 hours and it was free! Well, no the volunteer coordinator at the Newnan Habitat for Humanity Restore joked that at least we got a free sauna yesterday. The warehouse isn't air conditioned and the temps yesterday and today are in the upper 90's. I volunteer at the store and it's a lot of fun plus I like the mission of Habitat for Humanity. If you need any kind of building supplies, furniture, and more check out your local Restore because they do have quality items at reasonable prices, sometimes even brand new in the box items. So now onto the art and clocks.

1972 Buick Electra 225
Rusty the Springer Dog
Rusty is a parts dog, much like my crazy little dog, Pluto.
Pluto and Shaft
So the little parts dog with the big ears, small nose, huge underbite, tiny stub tail, short legs, and a big dog attitude. His best friend is a white German Shepherd, Wolfie. Pluto thinks that he's the main dog and doesn't let Wolfie get the best of him, he's a tough little dog.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Parades, Polkas, and Pizza

1930's Ford
Jesus to the Rescue Firetruck
International Truck
McCormick-Deering Tractor
Farmall Tractor "My Big Pink Tractor"

These are a few pictures from the 4th of July parade in Carrollton, GA. There were tractors (lots of them), a few old cars (needed more old cars), local businesses, tractor trailers, wreckers (more than 3), horses and riders, Veterans, and 2 marching bands. Of which I have to say my alma mater high school band was better. I didn't take any pictures of the big rig wreckers, I thought my Mom was kidding about them when she said that we would see some tow trucks in the parade. The horses, cars, and tractors were cool and the people seemed like they were all having a good time. Someone was throwing out popsicles to the crowds and somehow with my sisters 4 kids we ended up bringing a bunch home with us.
1920's Ford

Early 1960's Chevy Bel Air Police Car
68 GMC Truck with a really big Dog
Later in the evening after a few rounds of bocce in the front yard with my niece and nephews, some frisbee, and then some ice cream, I headed over to the church parking lot to watch the fireworks for Carrollton. The church was nice enough to block off a big area for people to sit and they had lemonade! We got there late but it wasn't crowded, at least not what I had seen for the last 3 years in Decatur, GA, so we had a great view of the fireworks and the lightning show in the sky that evening but no rain for us but just a few miles away my sister was deluged in Lowell.  So hope everyone out there had a good day! And now time for the self promotion part of this broadcast.