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Hand made dipper
Hand made dipper
mailbox man
Large colorful man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Doorknob weathervane
Doorknob weathervane
Barrel birdhouse
Barrel birdhouse
John Henry whirligig
John Henry railroad whirligig
Rocket ship
Rocket ship
Horseshoe plant stand
Horseshoe stand
Antique folk art bank
Antique folk art bank
lamp
Shell lamp with flamingo
Clothespin planter
Planter from can, clothespins
Found object sculpture
Found object sculpture
Plastic bag art
Chicken, hats, pillow, and rugs crocheted from plastic bags
Twig swing
Rustic miniature
twig swing
whirligig
Airplane whirligig
Spike shoes
Home made spike aerator shoes: planks, nails, metal, and leather
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Hand made dipperThis is a very nice, old "make-do" dipper, made from a tin sign which still has the remnants of stamped letters. It is attached to a hand carved wood handle through a slit in the end and held by a nail through both handle and metal. The dipper has slits cut so liquid could drain out. This primitive piece was probably made in the early 1900's. It came from the upper Midwest, is in very good, old used condition, and is about 14" long with a width of 7" to the clam shell shaped metal. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TOKH.   Hand made dipper ... Side and back views ... Another side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup of the back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Antique folk art bankThis is a wonderful "make do" bank, made from a heavy metal can. It is painted in a deep burnt orange, black, and white with a beautiful, crazed surface. It says "Our Kitty" and "R.S. & B.C. 11-1-37", with lovely decoration on the lid also. A small coin slot was cut in the top, only large enough for pennies or dimes. The bottom of the can was carefully cut open about halfway - enough that it could be pried open to remove the contents and then pressed closed again. Dated 1937, the bank is in good used condition. It has one small dent, and some tiny chips in the paint where the lighter orange can label shows through. At one time it was splattered with tiny specks of white paint, mainly on the bottom and back of the bank. It stands 6 1/4" high by 3 3/4" in diameter. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: TOKK.   360º video (8.1Mb) ... See a slideshow of several views [316k] ... Antique folk art bank ... Two more views ... From above ... Side and back views ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

mailbox manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Doorknob weathervaneThis whimsical metal weathervane arrow was hand made on a doorknob base. It is 24" long by 5" high, the point is 2" wide. It was most likely made in the 1940's or 50's. It has weathered green paint over remnants of red, and is in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AWTT.   One side ... The other side, upside down ... Closeup of point ... Closeup of tail.

Barrel birdhouseThis is a fun and funky apartment house for birds. It is made from an old oak barrel and is decorated with pine cross pieces on top and little pine porches. There are about 12 individual compartments and hand cut openings for the birds. It has been used. The barrel is 16" in diameter, and the height to the top of cross pieces 20 1/2". They are 18" long. This birdhouse was probably made about the 1930's or 40's, but it is very difficult to tell age because of weathering. There is a little loss to the porches and tips of some cross pieces; the overall condition is very good and sturdy. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ARCW.   Barrel birdhouse ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... Closeup.

John Henry whirligigThis is a whirligig of John Henry working on the railroad. It was made by Ed Smith of Conover, NC. The carved, jointed figure goes up and down, hammering on the track as the blades turn. There is a plastic model box car on the track, and the blades are Conover license plates from 1978. The tail is a somewhat battered piece of sheet metal painted white on one side. The whirligig is 45" long by 27" across the blades. The man is 10 1/4" tall. As mounted on the wooden display base, it is about 28" high to the top of his head, or 33" to the top of the blade. It was made c. 1985, and is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CAKH.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... John Henry whirligig ... With blades turned ... Closeup of the figure ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Another closeup of the man ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from behind ... Closeup of blades ... Closeup of the boxcar ... Closeup of the tail ... Other side of the tail ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.7 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   John Henry whirligig ... With blades turned ... Closeup of the figure ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Another closeup of the man ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from behind ... Closeup of blades ... Closeup of the boxcar ... Other side of the tail ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.7 Mb].

This handmade rocket ship was constructed from turned solid wood, heavy chipboard tubing, and plywood, and was painted silver - which is now oxidized. Probably made in the 1970's, it is 21" high, 8 1/4" across the legs, and has a body 4 1/4" in diameter. The top half can be removed. It was made from a solid piece of pine which was turned and carved into shape. The legs are plywood. They also form an interior structure on which the top sits. The tubing is the like very heavy shipping tubes. The rocket has USA painted on it, and a printed cloth American flag glued on. The condition is very good. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AAHT.   Front ... Back.

Horseshoe plant standThis is a plant stand made from welded horseshoes. It has good form and design. It stands 27 1/4" high by 13 1/2" in diameter; in excellent condition with weathered black painted surface. It was probably made in the early 1900's The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: ASCK.   Horseshoe plant stand ... Two more views ... More angles ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Horseshoe plant stand ... Two more views ... More angles ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

lampFrom Florida comes this tacky souvenir lamp. It has all the qualities one would want in such a piece: A plastic flamingo and palm tree, colored coral, small decorative shells, and the large shell backdrop. This is from the 1950's or 60's, and is in excellent working condition. It is 9" wide, 9"high, and 6" deep. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: ATKS.   Overall Image ... Side view ... Back.

Here is a planter made from an old can surrounded by old-fashioned painted wood clothespins (not the spring type). The weathered paint is brown over green. Probably made around the 1940's, it is in very good condition. The size is 4 1/4" high by 7 1/4" in diameter. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: PRWS. Image.

This is an interesting sculptural plaque made from found objects. The materials include wood, masonite, fiberboard, shell, and some unidentified pieces that might be bone. The colors are warm shades of tan, brown, and gray. It measures 14" square and is in excellent condition. The age is difficult to tell - possibly 1950's or earlier. The price is $140.00. Inventory code: PPTA.   Overall view ... Closeup.

Crocheted plastic bag art
Here is a whole collection of pieces crocheted from plastic bags and bread wrappers from the late 20th c.   Larger photo of all.

Plastic bag chickenFirst off is a really fun, three-dimensional chicken with lots of character and personality. It has button eyes, wings that stick out, and is stuffed with more plastic. It is about 15" long by 7" wide by 8" high, in very good condition with slight fraying on the tail feathers. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TKCO.   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag hatThis is a very nice railroad-style cap with a black imitation leather band. It is very tightly made, in excellent condition, about 9" long by 7" wide by 4" high. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TRKT.   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.

This hat is very tightly worked so that it holds its shape and is not very flexible. It is decorated with a red ribbon. It measures 12" long by 11" wide by 5" high, in excellent condition except for the visible fraying of the ribbon ends. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKHS.   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.

This hat is 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5" high, fairly loose and flexible, in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCR.   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.

This hat is also fairly loose and flexible, 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5 1/2" high in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCK.   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag crocheted rugThe rug is oval, 27 1/2" by 21", in excellent condition. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKCW.   Plastic bag crocheted rug ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted rug ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

A nice, oval rug crocheted from bread bag wrappers. The rug is about 31" by 20". It is in excellent condition. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: AWOW. Bread bag rug ... Another view.

A small round pillow covered with a crocheted cover made from bread bags. It is 12" in diameter and in perfect condition. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: AWOH. Side view ... Top view.

Twig swingThis is a rustic, miniature twig double swing or glider. It has good form and surface, with bent twigs for the seats and arms, and the swing mechanism. It stands 12 1/4" high by 11 1/2" wide by 12" deep. It was probably made c. 1940's, and is in excellent condition. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TPTT.   Miniature twig swing ... Closeup of detail ... Another angle ... A third view ... From one end ... The other end ... End view from above ... Top view ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Side view, from above ... From below.

whirligigThis airplane whirligig has wonderful colors and form. It has a wood body, metal found objects for the blade, wings, and tail, and plastic wheels and pilot. The wood base was added more recently. The plane itself is 26" long, 15 1/2" wide, and 13 1/2" high; with the base it is 24 1/2" high. There may once have been something else attached over the tail. Probably about 40 years old, it is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: ATAT.   Image ... From behind/side ... Front ... The colors don't show as well in the rest of the photos, but they will show you other angles. The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Overall, including base.

Spike shoesThis outrageous pair of spiked shoes may be the most striking gardening tools we've ever seen. They were made to aerate a lawn: by walking around in them, air and water flow to the grass roots is improved. These were made of 1 1/4" thick planks with 6" nails driven through. The heels are metal, and the straps are leather. Each shoe measures 12" long by 4 3/4" wide by 9" high. They are in excellent condition with some wear to the leather straps. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CCRO.   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

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