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paul wheaton
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Once upon a time I bought 80 acres. And just before moving onto the 80 acres, I was struggling with trying to verbally describe different plans at different points on the property.

One day, during this period of time after the purchase and before the move, I was at a little craft fair. So very boring. Except for one spot where a guy had little critters that he had welded up from old tools. He said he would go to auctions and get a pickup truck load of old hand tools and parts for about $50. And then he would weld them together quickly and ....


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I stuck these in spots through the property and then I could refer to things like "near the centipede!"

 
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The craftsman has a good eye. Nice work.
 
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I like the Craftsman, um, dinosaur? dragon?
 
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Julia call it tyranysaurus wrench! lol
 
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You just gotta have a way of looking at things. Very cool
 
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There's a plumber in our town who makes creatures too. The starting point is often the copper inner of hot water cylinders. He once made a King Kong which sat atop our picture theatre during the showing of said movie and beyond. The size would be an advantage for farm location ID purposes as they'd be easily seen.
 
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Or then there's this... http://www.corrugatedcreations.co.nz/index.html
There's a whole town here in nz where this guy's stuff features. Some of them are huge...whole buildings. But there are more modest ideas too.
 
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http://www.corrugatedcreations.co.nz/album/P-R/Pie%20-%20Putaruru.jpg

This one is especially for you, Paul!
 
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Seems you have roads going to different sections of the property. If you have an icon for a place i.e frog pond, have a routed copy of the icon with an arrow for a direction sign on the road.
 
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LIFE SIZE scrap metal and wood created into art...

Ex-Nihilo Sculpture Park Near Mt. Rainier National Park
Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park
http://www.danielklennert.com/

"When you first glimpse Dan Klennert's Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park on your way to Mount Rainier National Park, you might just brake to a stop. And if you don't, we guarantee you will want to when the next opportunity arises.

Peering over the fence you may wonder, "What IS this place?" In Latin "Ex-Nihilo" translates to "something created from nothing." The park is a random collection of animals, monsters, motorcycle riders and structures - all wrought from the imagination and materials found by the artist.

Go ahead, drive in and allow plenty of time for your journey through Spirits of Iron. Klennert has worked for years to create this garden, though he'll tell you that making art seldom feels like work - days pass like hours when he's inspired." copied from: http://www.visitrainier.com/pg/sculpture_park/Ex-Nihilo-Sculpture-Park-Near-Mt-Rainier-National-Park

If you're ever going to Mt Rainier National Park, definitely stop in! Dan is a kick in the pants to talk to.
 
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Here's something rather purple, yet I love it!

From Fantasywire's Facebook photo..

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dancing with dandelions wire sculpture by Fantasywire in the UK
 
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Sue Rine wrote:http://www.corrugatedcreations.co.nz/album/P-R/Pie%20-%20Putaruru.jpg

This one is especially for you, Paul!


Here's the pic of that one:


Nice!

Somehow, with "corrugated" I kept thinking cardboard, not steel!
 
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I'm not usually into fairies but that is stunningly beautiful. The delicacy of the seeds wafting away, yet made from something that could be seen as harsh. Love the Mt Rainier sculptures too.
 
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Sue Rine wrote:I'm not usually into fairies but that is stunningly beautiful. The delicacy of the seeds wafting away, yet made from something that could be seen as harsh. Love the Mt Rainier sculptures too.

Me too.

The Fantasywire guy also makes dandelions, 6 ft tall, without fairies. His wire isn't exactly a recycled thing, but I imagine there are ways to upcycle used materials into a similar design.

 
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WOW!
Just nip over to the dandelion paddock will you...
 
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We have lots of stone at base camp. Just sayin'.

 
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I love what I'm seeing in this thread, especially the dandy lion fluff fairies and now this video of balancing rocks......years ago, we were taking a long walk back into Monteray on the beach (after taking the bus out of town towards Carmel) and started seeing stacks of rocks and then more and more and then suddenly we surprised the guy as he was stacking.
We felt really bad because he had been off in his own world for who knows how long and just looked totally in a trance....
We end up stacking/balancing small rocks anywhere there are some with the grandkids........some last awhile and point directions, etc. This guy in the video has just set the bar really high!
 
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Found this on the Repurposed Things FaceBook page.

As others commented, it seems a bit of a waste of what could be fairly decent shovel heads, but kind of a cool design, nonetheless.

Old shovels arranged into clever conifer cone sculptures. By artist Patrick Plourde

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sculpture by Patrick Plourde
 
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We're dreaming of more stone art here.

One example is this Kickstarter for a truck made out of dry stack stone.

From the artist Chris Miller's website:



See also the gorgeous stone art at Devine Escapes. This is just one photo.



 
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